You have three options in the Keys. High priced luxury hotels, dingy motels, and the more rare, boutique cottages run by caring inn-keepers. The last is tough to find! My new wife and I tried many and finally found Island Bay Resort in Tavernier. It is an extremely clean, modern and well kept property that extends from the immaculate bay-side beach to the modern bathrooms and kitchens in each cottage. My wife and I felt so much more comfortable here than at the soul-less big hotels. You can tell a lot about an establishment by how they spend their time and money on maintenance. Everything felt clean and modern. We saved a lot of money making our own drinks and then walking just a few steps to the beach. We loved watching the sunset from the lounge chairs on the dock, playing Bocci ball, Cornhole, kayaking and snorkeling in the bay. The nearby Tavernier creek provides easy access to the Atlantic side and fantastic reefs (This can't be overstated. If you rent a boat but stay on the bay-side, you'll want to be close to access point to the atlantic side, or you'll spend all day driving thorough channels just to get to the open ocean). We stayed in Key Largo and Key West at decent places, but we're only coming back to the Island Bay Resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Island Bay Resort provides you with a complete "Florida Keys experience." Our hotel is centrally located between Key Largo and Islamorada and just two hours from Key West and Miami. Enjoying your Florida vacation is easy. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, boating and sunbathing can all be enjoyed from our resort's beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
- Island Bay Tavernier
- Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier