I spent many hours researching before choosing this resort for my 6 year old granddaughter's first Keys vacation. I was looking for an alternative to the big resorts, and this worked out perfectly. We got secluded quiet, old Florida Keys atmosphere in an ideal location, with plenty to do with a small child either here or a short drive down the road.
The grounds are beautiful, lushly landscaped, immaculate and constantly maintained. A previous reviewer spoke of the pool as saltwater, and I wanted to clarify that it is not. Perhaps the filtering system has a salt generator but the pool is fresh water.
We loved our Cottage, number 1, which was very close to the water and had everything we needed. The best part was the thatch covered wooden front porch with table and chairs, where my husband spent many contented hours while I played with my granddaughter. The full kitchen allowed us to bring our own food and save money on breakfast and lunches, and we did take-out dinners a couple of nights as well. The master had a king bed and was separated by french doors from the front living area, where my granddaughter slept happily on the pullout sofabed. The room smelled as clean as it was, as opposed to many places in the Keys that smell of mildew. Our cottage was among those recently remodeled,a with large walk-in tile shower and granite countertops in the kitchen.
The pool, beach and dock kept my granddaughter entertained for many hours, swimming, fishing, or just poking around hunting for hermit crabs and other interesting creatures. I snorkeled in the bay as well. Two nurse sharks that hung out around the dock were fun to drop squid down to (for those unfamiliar, nurse sharks are totally harmless, gentle creatures that vacuum up their food). We also saw many snapper, rays and schools of parrotfish. There were kayaks and a standup paddle board also available.
I particularly liked the location, roughly halfway between the attractions in Key Largo and Islamorada, yet less than five minutes from a grocery store and several good restaurants. We were out of the congestion but never more than 15 minutes from anything we wanted to do. Halfway through our week long stay I discovered that the Hilton, which is just up the road, had a first class watersports operation where we could go parasail and rent waverunners or Hobie Cats, pick up a watered down cocktail at the tiki bar, and then happily leave the crowded beach and big hotel atmosphere behind and scoot back to our little oasis at Atlantic Bay.
I am a picky traveller, and I highly recommend Atlantic Bay for either a couples retreat or family get-together.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Atlantic Bay Resort is nestled in Tavernier, the loveliest part of Key Largo and the diving capital of the world. We are conveniently located 1-1/2 hours south of Miami, and 2 hours north of Key West, the southernmost tip of the continental USA. The little jewel we call Atlantic Bay is a small resort that faces the Gulf of Mexico's Florida Bay. It is located on three tropical landscaped acres with 500 feet of waterfront. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atlantic Bay Hotel Tavernier
- Hotel Atlantic Bay
- Atlantic Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier