We stayed here on a side trip to the Keys prior to the NASCAR Championship weekend in November 2012. I had searched for a reasonably priced place that had a kitchen, and room to sleep four people in 3 beds. We were also looking for an Old Florida experience, not a sterile chain hotel. I wanted somewhere peaceful and quiet, and we found EVERYTHING at Coconut Cove. If you are looking for a modern experience, the new hotel building will be a good choice. We stayed in the older section and had the unit above the office, overlooking the pool. Even though there was a wedding and reception party the first night, it quieted down at a reasonable hour so we could sleep.
I got up with the sun to take sunrise photos and enjoyed the wild life and the peaceful sunrise. The resort is also a wildlife area, in addition to the pet chickens. You can watch the tarpon feedings, walk through the wildlife preserve, arrange for fishing trips, rent jet skis or kayaks, or just sit on the beach and watch the world go by. This is very much an "island time" resort, where you can relax and enjoy life the way it was back in the 30's.
The second morning of sunrise photos brought me to meeting Paul, and later Magda, who have put so much work into the resort. They live at the resort, and are warm and welcoming people, as was everyone we encountered at the resort.
We discovered The Hungry Tarpon restaurant at Robbie's Marina a couple miles south on Overseas Highway, and HIGHLY recommend it, especially for breakfast! Their "Purple Isle" crepe stacked with fried eggs, lobster, and served with hollandaise sauce will fill you up for many hours and is quite reasonably priced, especially as it is stuffed (not lightly sprinkled) with lobster.
The resort is next to the Theatre of the Sea, the second oldest marine park in the U.S. We enjoyed visiting this attraction, which offered us a discount since we stayed at Coconut Cove.
While the mattress on my sleeper sofa was a bit thin (I drew the short straw), my friends and I found the room and resort to be charming, comfortable, quiet, relaxing, and clean. Yes, the bathroom and shower in the older section is small -- that was the style when the hotel was built. I've stayed in other motor hotels from the 30's and 40's and this was no different. If you want the Ritz, this isn't the place for you. If you want to time travel to a more polite and uncomplicated time, you'll love the Coconut Cove.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on 7 acres nature preserve, Coconut Cove Resort & Marina exudes a "Caribbean vibe ," offering visitors a quiet, secluded escape at a surprisingly affordable rate. The lowest-priced of the 20 rooms are the Captain's cottages with a full kitchen and picnic table right in front of the room. General's rooms are situated in the more modern building, and are ideal for larger groups and wedding parties (which the resort specializes in). Ceremonies take place on select weekends and come complete with an evening fireworks display.Beautiful sunning beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, complimented by a zero-entry outdoor pool with a cascading waterfall. Within walking distance there is boat, wave runner, kayak rentals. Situated in the heart of Islamorada with many restaurant and bars, Theater of the Sea, and the Geological Park within walking distance Coconut Cove is the perfect place to have fun. Complimentary coffee and Danishes are offered each morning along free parking and maid service daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Coconut Cove Resort And Marina Hotel Islamorada