The experience of the Ocean Reef Club is very much like that of flying on most any airline today. "In order to serve you better, we must provide less service and charge more money". Like a cruise ship that doesn't clean your room on time, ( think poor service), be assured the ORC will serve you all the $12 mojitos you want on Buccaneer island ( think profit center) . I been to ORC as a guest and as a guest at a member's house dating back 25 years. My advice to travelers is to read all the reviews, b/c they're all true. It's paradise on a good day, and a major disappointment on others. The good- Buccaneer Island 2 pools and a hot tub. The bad- ORC says no kids in the adult pool but don't police it. I've seen twenty ( 20) kids in the hot tub at one time. The sign says limit 8. The Beach Bar is great for afternoon cocktails, largely b/c of the long time bartender Everton. But remember there's no real beach at ORC, it's coral rock. There's a little sand around a man made lagoon. The Burgee Bar was a popular spot, but they tore it down and rebuilt it to look like the casual sports bar of any Marriott hotel. But its a casual alternative. The best place is the Raw Bar. Great staff, terrific food, very good atmosphere. There are 2 golf courses, the Hammock is much more scenic. Unless you're sponsored by a member, prices can be over $200. Re: members, there's a multi-class system at ORC. In ascending order--There are workers, guests, social members and equity members. And there are clubs within the club. There is a private golf course, tennis club, yacht club, fitness club, and members only point with the best views, that are all off limits to guests. Some members will treat you well. On my last trip, I got talking to a member while I was on a walk, and the person invited me in to see their house. How nice- turns out, they were getting ready to list their house and wanted to see if I'd buy it! Ha! One day at Bucc Island, a member, who thought I was member was complaining about how crowded it was and said, if we didn't need these people's money wouldn't it be nice to kick them out. If you're walking, don't go between 8 and 8:30 or 4-4:30p. There are so many construction trucks and work crews on the streets its very unpleasant. Reef Treats is nice for kids and has been improved greatly over the years. I did a half day flats fishing and it was ok. Good guide, but price was 50-75%% more than comparable in Key Largo or Islamorada. Bottom line-inconsistent experience, consistent cost. Go elsewhere, not worth the risk.
- Also Known As:
- Ocean Reef Club Hotel Key Largo
- Ocean Reef Hotel
- Ocean Reef Key Largo