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“Gorgeous grounds and impeccable property”
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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Gorgeous grounds and impeccable property”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

I was in the Keys on business for two days and stayed at the Flora & Fauna Cottage. Very nice and relaxing with stunning grounds and well maintained. The owner was working keeping the grounds manicured at all times during my stay. It is beautiful! I sat outside at night and read and it was so peaceful and quiet. The only down side was it has very poor WiFi. I travel with my laptop all the time and staying in a hotel currently with 5 bars as well as at home. Here the signal was so weak it was one or two bars so one morning I was cut off more than 26 times while trying to work. I mentioned to the lady when I left just because they have a strong signal in the office does not mean anything as far as cottages. I am in the IT business and work with many cottages and hotels and you have to set up access points, boosters, and additional routers in order to accommodate cottages - you need at least 4-5 bars at all time. 1-2 bars is not strong enough in order to maintain a connection. I was unable to watch my TV shows online as the signal was not strong enough. If you are going for leisure only and do not need internet - it is ideal, but if you are going for business - you will have problems until they correct this problem. i also had problem on my HD Nook Plus with the signal. All in all it is a beautiful property and very quiet.

Room Tip: I stayed in #3. The lower the number the closer you are to the water. The higher the # the closer t...
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Green Features: Very good and they maintain environmentally friendly practices
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Frisco, Texas
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

A friend of ours turned 60 and about 10 of us rented cottages at Island Bay Resort.
The place is clean and charming and our hosts Carol and Mike went above and beyond in making our experience perfect. The view is marvelous with beach access and they provide kayaks, snorkeling equipment and bikes all you need. Check out Robbie's Marina as well.
I know we will all be back to our Key Paradise cottages.

Green Features: They use environmentally conscious practices. It is a Green Hotel..
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

This is a perfect spot to relax and venture around the Keys. Everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable has been thought of by the very gracious owners. Beautiful, carefully tended grounds, a lovely little beach and lots of comfortable chairs for lounging made it very easy to settle right in. Some reviews have mentioned highway noise; we were in cottage 7 and were not bothered at all. This is a real gem and we are happy to recommend it!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

My girlfriend and I recently spent 3 nights in the Island bay Resort and it was absolutely wonderful. Our cottage was really quaint and clean, with all the things you could possibly need to enjoy your stay - television, books, a coolbox etc. The grounds were amazing - especially the private beach at the end of the cottages with hammocks and chairs to relax in. There was a great view at sunset which was beautiful to watch. We borrowed snorkels to swim with and there was also canoes available. Carol and Mike seemed really nice and helpful but the place was so perfect we had no reason to bother them! I cannot recommend this resort enough!

Room Tip: Maybe #1 - the closest to the beach would be the nicest but we had no issues with #8, it was perfect...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

A friend and I spent 5 nights at this incredible small resort earlier this month, and we both want to start going back every year. It's hard to come up with enough positive adjectives to describe this place. When you turn off the Overseas Highway and into the resort, you feel like you're entering another world; it's heaven on earth. The grounds are lush and immaculately maintained, and the private beach is the best beach experience I've ever had. We both marveled at how many options were provided for relaxing: padded chaise lounges with umbrellas, a tiki hut with comfortable furniture, hammocks, and tile top benches out on the dock to name just a few. The beach itself was pristine, and the swimming there was fantastic. The resort also provides kayaks free of charge as well as little coolers to bring your beverages the short walk from the cottages to the beach.

As far as the cottages themselves go, again, it's hard to find words to describe how nice they are. Each has a name and a theme and the rooms are decorated to match the theme. We stayed in #6 (Sunset), a large 1 bedroom, which had a separate bedroom area, comfortable living room, and kitchen with stove, microwave, coffee maker, and full sized fridge. I could easily live in this place.

The resort also has the bonus of having resident cats. They're not allowed in the cottages, but two of them joined us regularly on our porch. Speaking of the porch. Each private porch also features table and chairs and a BBQ.

The resort owners, Carol and Mike, were extremely friendly and helpful. They provided us with a list of restaurants, and all their recommendations were excellent.

To summarize, if you're ever anywhere near Tavernier, Florida (just south of Key Largo), treat yourself to as many nights as you can at Island Bay Resort - you won't want to leave!

Room Tip: Cottages #6 Sunset was roomy, and we loved the sun-themed décor. The lower the cottage number, the c...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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wooster ohio
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

when describing this amazing little resort. My husband I stayed here May 2-6 and had the most relaxing, romantic vacation ever. This place is the perfect size, you feel secluded with just a few neighbors. There was a sense that everyone at the resort was there for the same reason. We rarely saw anyone. When pulling into the driveway you quickly realize you are in your own world. No noise and so beautiful. Mike and Carol are wonderful hosts, they are simply there for whatever you may need. You will not go wrong choosing to stay here. We attended the Humphrey Bogart film festival events at other local hotels and we couldn't wait to get back to ours. The cottage had everything we needed, comfortable bed, and a large shower. We slept two nights with the windows open and ceiling fan on listening to the rustling palm leaves...pure heaven. We watched the sunset, cooked out of the grill and enjoyed a dinner outside. Also had lunch out on the beach drinking Corona and eating shrimp! So happy we chose this for our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. We cannot thank you enough Mike & Carol.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

My wife and I Just returned from 5 wonderful and enjoyable days at this resort. Our cottage, #2, and the grounds are beautifully conceived and maintained to perfection. While the grounds are small, whatever you could reasonably desire is there. Mike and Carol make it happen! Looking for the perfect, beautiful, intimate resort? The Island Bay Resort in Tavernier is IT!

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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