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“Island Bay Resort was perfect vacation spot - highly recommended”
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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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Twinsburg, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Island Bay Resort was perfect vacation spot - highly recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

The Island Bay Resort was the perfect place for my husband and me to spend our last vacation before the birth of our first child. The location is just south of Key Largo in Tavernier. It is a smaller sort of resort, but this then means it is quieter - which is just what we wanted. The beach was a matter of feet away from the door of our room. There were ample lounge chairs on the beach, umbrella and cabana areas, adirondack chairs on the dock. They had a single and double kayak for guests to use. There was corn hole and bocce ball. There are lockers for dive gear if you want to scuba - that way you don't have to bring your gear into your room. There was also laundry machines right outside our room so of you ran out of clean clothes, no big deal, clean ones in no time. The location is very near to several good restaurants, local grocery store, movie theater, marinas, state park. We were there over Christmas, and Mike and Carol (the owners) had printed up a list of restaurants that would be open for Christmas. They were very helpful in recommending places to see, restaurants, good places to snorkel, etc. Overall, we were very pleased with our stay at Island Bay Resort and would highly recommend it. Thank you Mike and Carol for making our Christmas in the Keys Vacation so wonderful!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

Property was well- appointed and clean inside and out. Hosts Mike and Carol were friendly and very helpful in addition to being very knowledgeable about the keys. Their recommendations on restaurants and attractions were excellent. The room was extremely clean and charmingly decorated - we stayed in the room known as "Bridges" as the numerous pictures within paid homage to the various bridges of the Keys. Small bayside beach area is very tastefully appointed and lends itself to peaceful naps, quiet conversation or quality reading time. We couldn't give the Island Bay Resort a higher recommendation.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

Wow! What a gorgeous place! I wish we knew about this place before we spent a fortune going to the islands! We are definitely making the Island Bay Resort our vacation place! Mike and Carol the owners are so awesome! We went snorkeling off of the beach and saw so many fish and invertebrates! It was so cool! The rooms are so clean and you feel right at home! It was so hard to leave. Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Park City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

We stayed her during a weeklong vacation in the Florida Keys. True to many of our attempts at warm-weather vacations, we had rain every day except for our first day there, but we still had a wonderful experience. The hotel itself was wonderful--nice room with an extremely helpful book the owners had prepared with recommendations for activities in the Keys. Given our weather, we made good use of the book!

The hotel itself offers its own little private beach, which provided beautiful sunset views (when visible). They had free kayaks for guests, and we took the kayaks out a couple of times to the large mangrove area, and had a fun time exploring this site. We ate several meals at Chad's--a nice little restaurant within walking distance.

Our favorite experience in the Keys itself was a visit to the Sea Turtle Hospital. We're suckers for injured and abandoned animals, so the educational and visual aspects of the hospital were truly heartwarming.

Overall, we would certainly stay again at this hotel on a return trip to the Keys. The owners were so nice and friendly, and we loved the cozy, out-of-the-way feel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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NW Indiana, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

W just had a wonderful stay at Island Bay Resort over Thanksgiving. A very comfortable room (we traveled with two young kids, so we had connecting rooms 9 & 10 which worked out perfectly). A short stroll down to the private beach was heavenly, as were watching the beautiful sunsets each night! Mike and Carol are wonderful hosts, always willing to help with suggestions of any kind. We also enjoyed taking one of their kayaks out to explore the bay. Overall, just a wonderful experience at a wonderful place!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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3 Thank KatieC74
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London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

There are huge resorts you can stay in on the Keys, and at the other and better end of the spectrum there is tiny and beautiful Island Bay Resort.
It's simple really, nine or so little cottage rooms with little kitchens, very nicely furnished and all with sitting out/eating al-fresco space. At the end a lovely little private beach complete with pet cats and iguanas and from time-to-time a passing egret. Kayaks you can use for free. Loads of loungers and easy chairs.
We were only there two nights, so the first night we stocked up at the market down the road, and ate out. But that was it, after that we didn't stir out of the grounds until we had to check out.
The owners were friendly and helpful when we checked in, and then left us to our own devices unless we approached them with a question or request. Great.
It was November, but the sun shone and the water was warm enough for a quick swim (me) or a long snorkle (other half).
Loved it.

Room Tip: Our room was at the end right by the beach - good place to be (but only one like that).
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fayetteville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

We took a chance at this resort after seeing the reviews and are SO glad we did. We prefer to stay in smaller, unique hotels and this was one of the best we have found. The rooms are spotless, the grounds well manicured, and the personal service is superior. Several reviewers cited road noise as an issue, but we did not find it distracting at all. We explored the Keys on day trips and by day's end we were looking forward to heading back to watch the gorgeous sunset and enjoy the peace and tranquility of Island Bay. This is exactly what we were looking for - - total relaxation in a little slice of paradise! We're already making plans for next year.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Island Bay Resort
Address: 92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2758
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo > Tavernier
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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