Each year my family and I stay in the Keys, usually around Marathon, for lobster season. We've tried many locations and Bay View Inn is, by far, our favorite. The Inn has many advantages to staying for a couple nights or more, especially for boaters:
-Free dockage with 3 night stay (can be up to $75/day at other similar resorts)
-Full kitchen in some rooms (great for us since we eat in on our vacations)
-Brand new docks with use of boat ramp
-Convenience store (well equipped, reasonable prices)
-Easy immediate boat access to the Gulf and the Atlantic.
The price is very affordable. The owners (Ed and Kathy) are very personable and knowledgeable about the area (including great snorkeling spots!). The view from the rooms is a small bay area, with sight of the Long Key Bridge.
There are some features that people may not like, such as:
-Tiki hut is not actually a manned bar, more of a place for guests to hang out and consume alcohol that they've brought themselves.
-About a 20 minute drive to a grocery store (wasn't particularly a problem for us)
-Daily maid service not included (Note: this is not a resort, it is an Inn. You shouldn't really come expecting daily maid service) but may be arranged for by special request.
Overall, my experience with the Bay View Inn was excellent. The area fishing was spectacular (6 mahi-mahi over 20lbs each) and its in a nice tranquil location.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located on Conch Key, in the middle of the Florida Keys, as we say…”in the middle of paradise.” Centrally located for the best snorkeling, diving, and sportfishing in the Keys. We also have boat rentals on site. The Bayview Inn is a perfect vacation in the Florida Keys for fishermen, families, birdwatchers, and sports enthusiasts. We have a boat ramp, we sell gasoline, we have plenty of protected dockage, and our convenience store sells frozen bait, fishing supplies. We have a pool and a private beach area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bay View Inn Motel And Marina Hotel Conch Key
- BayView Inn Motel And Marina Conch Key, FL - Florida Keys