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“The Perfect Escape from Reality”
Review of Island Bay Resort

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Island Bay Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Tavernier
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Orlando
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The Perfect Escape from Reality”
Reviewed December 6, 2009

I wanted to get away from the hustle & bustle of corporate life and found the solace of The Florida Keys in the service of Mike & Carol Shipley at Isand Bay Resort. Their hospitality and the quintessential Keys experience were exactly what I needed. The quiet, exclusive room and private beach were exactly how I pictured my vacation. Thanks!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Southampton,England
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44 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2009

Stayed for 10 nights and could have stayed for longer. It is not often that one is surprised to find that a resort is better than described on the internet. We found a resort to chill out and be totally relaxed. The view from the private beach is perfection. The cottages are a delight with all the facilties that one would need. Nothing is too much trouble for Carol and Mike as well as Dianne the housekeeper. It was certainly worth the trip from the UK and we will be visiting again.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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2 Thank Krissy47
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St. Louis
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40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2009

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. My wife and I spent 5 nights there and I could have used 50 nights...

Perfectly situated in the Keys, impecably maintained including the spotless rooms and the grounds/landscape.

I am a scuba diver and Mike and Carol, the owners, are also divers so they make it a convenient spot with outside lockers and rinse tubs to clean and store your dive eqiupment so you don't have to haul it inside your room and mess things up.

We will return on at least a yearly basis and we will ALWAYS stay here...........

Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank DiverChaz
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Rome NY
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2009

This was our second time at Island bay resort and won't be our last. It was a perfect place to wind down our honeymoon. Absolutely beautiful location. Mike and Carol treat you like family. Stunning sunsets right from the beach. It's all the little details that makes this place remarkable. Can't wait to go back...

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Dion_n_Lauri
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Willoughby, Ohio
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39 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2009

Diamond in the rough so to speak. I found this resort with comments from Trip Advisor. It was the perfect 5 day getaway. Owners were very accomodating and everything was perfect. I read good reviews and we were not disappointed. If you are looking for a quiet, fun & relaxing place Island Bay Resort is a great, you won't be disappointed. Sunset were beautiful.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank debo528
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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59 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2009

This is one of these places where you look at the pictures online and think "this looks really neat on the pictures" ... but then you get there and it is even better! The owners (Mike & Carol) are very nice and helpful and have put a lot of thought and attention to detail into the individually themed cottages/rooms.

Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Duchtel
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SeveCraig27
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 2, 2009

This place is unlike any other that I have experienced in the Keys. The rooms are ideal, pristine and extremely comfortable for any occasion. The landscaping is immaculate, giving the atmosphere an isolated-island feeling that lends itself to a quite romantic and peaceful setting. The owners are the friendliest and most accommodating hosts I have ever experienced in the States. I have nothing but good things to say about this jewel in the Northern Keys and I plan on returning.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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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 
Also Known As:
Island Bay Hotel Tavernier
Island Bay Tavernier
Island Bay Resort Key Largo/Tavernier

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