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“IBR = Idyllic, Beautiful, Royal”
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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
Certificate of Excellence
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Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“IBR = Idyllic, Beautiful, Royal”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

From the moment we walked in to our last goodbyes our experience was so perfect one of us cried as we left the keys. We stayed 5 nights in the sunset cottage (6) from February 14th to the 19th and would have stayed forever.The kitchen was cozy with only room for one person at a time but had everything we needed to cook our meals every night. The owners are just awesome and outstanding! What are you waiting for? Do yourself a favor, just book it!

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We spent three nights in cottage 6. Weather was glorious and we just lazed on their private beach which was a great way to end our month in Florida. Cottages are well presented and the whole resort is very well maintained. We enjoyed watching the wildlife and experienced a visit from a manatee in the bay, which was pretty special. You can hear the traffic noise, but it didn't detract from our enjoyment and I suspect most of the resorts experience the same thing. Would return, cottages closer to the beach are the best position.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Punta Gorda, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2014

We spent two days at Island Bay and loved it! We wish we had booked a longer stay. Carol and Mike have created the perfect spot for total relaxation in the Keys. Each bungalow has a unique and artfully done decor. For example room 8 has a sport fishing theme complete with curtains supported by fishing rods and reels for bookends. A visit to the website will allow you to choose the theme you prefer although all are beautifully done. In addition, the grounds are immaculate and there are many comfortable lounge chairs and hammocks to kick back,relax and enjoy the sunsets! The thatched roof gazebo on the beach is especially comfortable. Carol and Mike are wonderful hosts and go out of their way to make your stay a memorable one. We are already looking forward to staying at Island Bay next year!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2014

Highly recommend, most enjoyable accommodations and atmosphere for a secluded,quiet escape in the middle of island activities.Mike was a terrific host!!! Great recommendations for dining, snorkeling, kayaking!!!

  • Stayed February 2014
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Nothing left out of this fabulous small retreat. Hosts are very accommodating with good recommendations. Perfect keys location. Would return in the future. Grill outside if you want to cook your own catch, laundry also convenient perk.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Fullerton, California
Level 6 Contributor
729 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2014

That pretty much sums it up for this wonderful resort. If you are looking for a beautiful location convienant in the Keys, this is it. If you are looking for a romantic hideaway, you have found it. If you are looking at finding a location that is secluded and private, look no furthur. We booked to stay here after we decided not to stay at a hotel and I am so happy we did. We stayed in Cottage #7 and had a fantastic stay. We were going on a cruise and this was a great place to stay and hang out for a few days before our cruise. We are already planning to come back in 2015 as we had such a great relaxing time in the Keys thanks to the Island Bay Resort.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Acton, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2014

There have been no corners cut anywhere. There are limited amenities, sure, but the attention to detail here and the immense amount of thought behind all that they do and offer is clear. Every corner of their property is well-maintained, and well-decorated. We have simply never had the level of customer service anywhere else as we experienced at the Island Bay Resort. Carol and Mike answered every question we had, and connected with us in passing to ensure that all was well. This place really lives up to the ratings - we highly recommend it!

Room Tip: Next time we would choose the "Key West" room, which is right on the beach. In general, th...
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Green Features: They do a great job! I really appreciated the recycling center outside next to the parking areas - made it easier to hop out of your car and drop in bottles and cans.
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Additional Information about Island Bay Resort

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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