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“Clean and convenient, but very dated”

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Caloosa Cove Resort
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Reviewed April 3, 2012

I was on a sailing/fishing trip with some buddies and decided to spend some time in Islamorada. We went online and booked Caloosa Cove based on the TripAdvisor rating and reviews. Overall, the place satisfied our needs in most ways - the unique unit design is quite spacious and well-equipped. The wall-mounted air conditioners do the job, but in a typically noisy fashion - so you may need to turn them off to sleep (which is what we did). Probably not an option in mid-summer.

Convenient location, quiet and relaxing. Like many online photos, they're professionally designed to present a favorable impression - the best angles are used and you'll notice that the vast majority of Caloosa's are outdoor shots, which usually makes me suspicious.

However, it is definitely a unique place with a lot of good points - just VERY dated and in need of some judicious renovation. For example, the entry doors to the rooms have two old-fashioned keylocks, but getting them to work was more challenging than it should be. With only 30 rooms, it should be a simple matter to replace them with more modern (and secure) locks. And the sofa-beds are definitely not a place to spend many nights.

Would I visit again? - probably, in the right circumstances, and in full knowledge that there aren't many options in this area. If you prefer higher-end properties, Caloosa wouldn't make the cut.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

Hello again it's been two years since i last reviewed this resort although i've stayed there twice(spring and fall/winter) a year for nearly 15 years. In fact My wife and i love this place so much we bought 2 weeks here(timeshare) and use them faithfully every year, I feel quite guilty keeping quiet about Caloosa, as it's probably been one of the best kept secrets in the Keys for years and every now and then my selfish guilt prompts me to write a review.so sorry in advance to the other Caloosa fansand here goes.
The views are fantastic from all of the property including the rooms 1 balcony for efficiencies and 2 for suites,
The Safari Lounge is the onsite bar and has some amazing views too, as well as some very welcome and extremely cold beer.
The resort is maintained to a very high standard, mainly by Barry and Ron, which is no mean feat as the climate here can be brutal, and yes some areas of the the main building do show a little well repaired age related patina, which one of us doesnt?
The grounds and pool are beautiful and immaculately maintained and there is ample car parking, and luggage carts, the composite decking is very user friendly and looks good too.
the elevator is situated to the left of the office and is ideal for transporting heavy luggage and shopping:) although pretty much unnecessary most of the time as only 2 floors.
The rooms/suites are always very clean and well presented with everything you need to keep the beer cold and even cook the catch if you dont feel like using any of the excellent eating places locally, just don't expect glitzy Orlando style 5 * accommodations YOU ARE IN "THE KEYS" Trust me in the Keys this is what passes for Really GOOD, Just look out of the window, or sit on the balcony enjoy, unwind and repeat and for pete's sake bring your own hairdryer, if it's a life or death thing for you????
Some people find the old air conditioners noisy, it's never bothered me, however they are gradually upgrading them for newer quieter versions.
My Wife and i have tried many of the hotels and accommodations in the Keys during the last 15 years, and it never ceases to amaze us at some of the places that supposedly rank higher than Caloosa, it's a very hard act to beat, if you know & love the keys then i don't think you'll be disappointed, just don't come too much as it makes it more difficult for us to get an extra few days or a week booked at short notice:) only kidding- enjoy!
Wi Fi is free and recently upgraded
and surprise, surprise there are bugs in the keys, although you rarely ever see one actually in Caloosa, there are also small lizards running about outside, and if you get lucky maybe a land crab or iguana, or even a Manatee in the marina.

I’ve also included my 2009 review below and just updated/added any bits you might find useful,

Look for the big rhino advertising the on site and extremely friendly bar "Safari Lounge" as you drive down the keys its around MM 73.5ish
If you are looking for pretentious nonsense, then Caloosa is not for you! if you want cheap and cheerful(not a lot left in this area) then its still no and if you want to pay through the nose for some dressed up vintage motel then Caloosa is not for you either, if you want a location that is up there with the best the keys has to offer, in a friendly well maintained resort with friendly helpful staff ( The Ladies in the Office will look after you especially Betty and Dusty) with a proper marina on your doorstep(right next door to “Channel 2” Tarpon Heaven) then this is the place for you!! and you'll probably love the place as much as we do
best breakfast approx 10 miles north and well worth it’s still Mangrove Mikes although they do fantastic lunches too
Best Dinner same direction Tower of Pizza, not much to look at but if you like Italian- the Fooood is superb(not exactly fancy just real good)
up and coming restaurant on site at Caloosa Habanos, Habanos has been increasing in popularity my experience is limited but reports are good.
On site Gas station/tackle bait shop and a separate Hardware/Marine store
Best tackle shop around still World wide sportsman (Bass pro) and they have an Islamorada Fish company restaurant on site and the Zane grey Lounge for a Beer while the sun goes down,
Good steak at Outback Steakhouse(Hampton inn)
Marina facilities onsite from Caloosa Cove Marina although they stopped hiring out boats some time ago
Charter boats on site
check out the tarpon at Robbies marina- you can feed them too just watch out they can JUMP(webcam)
Hope i'll see you there
ps my only negative point, they recently replaced a lot of the beds with really SOFT mattresses and they take a bit of getting used to, going to bed can be a little like throwing yourself into a really big super soft marshmallow, once you get used to it it's ok and if you like a soft bed you'll probably love it,

Room Tip: they are all good, however rooms on the Marina side have a view of the Marina/ocean and rooms on the...
  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

Hello:
Just spent a few days at Caloosa Cove in the Keys. There were 2 of us, so the smaller unit was fine for us. Clean, everything worked, internet was great. Pool was great. Only downside is the beach is sand only. There is really no way to get into the water. The outdoor deck was great and we used a computer there. We did have to ask for an extension cord for the power to get to the deck. No problem.
I can highly recommend Caloosa Cove.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank tpcook
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

Had the pleasure of staying at this resort for a short 4th July fishing trip. Needed space for 2 couples and 1 solo. Their facility was able to accommodate our needs with a 1 bedroom den included 2 full baths, kitchen and 2 balconies. I had asked for a unit near the elevator and close to parking since my husband has some mobility issues. We arrived for a late check in and found everything just as requested - score!!!!!

The amenities were great too; a beach front area with grill, a great swimming pool, the Safari Bar and a just off site restaurant - what more could you ask. score!!!!

It is located on lower matacumbe key and was less than 10 min from our chartered boat out of the whale harbour marina. score!!!!

The elevator quit working - one phone call was all it took to let the on site manager, Betty know and it was fixed very quickly. score!!!!!

All in all it is a place I would return to and would not hesitate to recommend. score!!!!!

Room Tip: Their website has floor plans of all the units and you get to talk to a live person when you call
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank Leonilda1245
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Reviewed January 14, 2011

The place was empty during our one week stay. No problem with ants like other reviewers noted. Rooms are dated but clean. Good wifi signal all the way out to pool. Free wifi. No problem with pool decking either, also noted byother reviewer. It has been replaced with a composite decking, so no splinters and not too hot for bare feet. An easy place for a family to stay, kitchen is adequate, two full baths in our suite. Adjacent bar is a little scuzzy, but friendly (and smokey). Convenient location, short drive to Layton and to islamorada. 2 hour drive from Lauderdale airport, 90 minutes to Key West.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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4  Thank Shuldog
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Reviewed August 20, 2010

Next to a marina where you can dock your boat for a fair price. Has a large glassed in tiki bar by a large pool overlooking the ocean. An independant restaurant next door -Hubana's will bring great Cuban/American food to the pool or your room. We had a 1 BR suite, which was very roomy, but '80's decor. Queen size bed was not the best and the 2 pullout sleepers were very uncomfortable. Room unit A/C's worked well but were not quiet.
This place had some definite pluses and minuses.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sunshinesusieq
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

We're so glad to see the place is still as we remembered it 9 yrs. ago, staff still friendly and helpful, rooms still clean and oh so nice and cool, and of course our favorite, the beautiful pool, with its new decking.
It's the place to stay for that laid back no frills, most beautiful sunrises you could want to see.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 73801 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 73.8, Islamorada, FL 33036-4233
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Islamorada
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 8 Specialty Lodging in Islamorada
Price Range: $167 - $320 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Caloosa Cove Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Caloosa Cove Resort is a 30 room, Oceanfront Resort in Islamorada on Lower Matecumbe Key Mile Marker 73.8. All rooms have spectacular ocean views. Our rooms accommodate 3 in an a Jr. Suite, 5 in a Den Suite and 6 in a Lg. Suite. Each room has a fully stocked kitchen with essential cooking utensils, full size refrigerator, stove oven and microwave, 1 or 2 full bathrooms, 1 or 2 outside patios with seating and more. At the resort we have a very large pool and deck area with TIKI huts for shade, beach, tennis courts with rackets/balls, Shuffle Board, Ping Pong, free WIFI resort wide and much more. Self serve laundry services and amenities also on property: Habanos restaurant, The Safari lounge, Caloosa Cove Marina and Storage , The Island Store for bait, tackle, fishing licenses, fuel and basic grocery items and finally Caloosa Cove Hardware Store for all your hardware needs. ... more   less 
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