Island Bay Resort
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The Florida Keys stretch out like a string of pearls about 100 miles long from the Florida coast. They were first connected by a railway but that failed in the early 20th century, due to the damage caused by 3 hurricanes, and now it is US Route 1 (that starts at the Canadian border) that reaches the end across bridges and causeways.
... going to hard to adjust to being back. To quote Becky's dad's phrase..it'll be "reverse culture shock". I've seen and done so much, in such a short space of time-my head's changed. I'm not "just a band 5" any more. But I need to be savvy about how I use my new skills and knowledge, to the best of my abilities. Hopefully the Christmas break will give me a chance to get things ...
... there than I'd have to come back. So, what to do? A hot sunny afternoon, the waterfall gurgling with the sound of cascading water and a large hammock swinging gently under a canopy of green and a blue blue sky, just sitting there waiting for a friend. Yes, definitely a hammock workout on the cards. I've started reading Alex Haley's 'Roots' and only have the week to finish it. The challenge is on.
I cooked a (packet) ...
So yesterday we started off bright and early heading to look at furniture at the local furniture store and Habitat for Humanity- both recommendations from Jaclyn. We were trying to price out the difference we would need to spend to buy a furnished place as opposed to an unfurnished one. Certainly not cheap but not really sure if we would want to keep some of the furniture in some of the furnished places - plus you get to shop for furniture- yay!!!! ...
Craig and I had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner last night after watching a beautiful sunset from the balcony of the hotel- plus we had two corona's and nachos waiting in our room- anyone want to fess up???? We have no idea who they were from.. guess we have admirers everywhere- ha ha!
Dinner was at the Conch House restaurant in a great little Victorian House- this place is loved by the locals so with us planning to ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Island Bay Resort Tavernier
Excellent service - we had an air conditioning issue when we arrived and they did not hesitate to change our room. Great rooms, very functional with kitchenette. Lockers available for dive gear. I'd stay there again.
Can't Wait to Return
Words cannot explain how much I loved this little slice of paradise halfway through the keys. I only booked 3 days in mid May and should have stayed for a week. I booked room 2 (Boats and Birds) and second closest to the water and beach. The rooms and facilities are exactly as described and pictured on the website and the owners are incredibly friendly and helpful. Bed was very comfortable, and the room and bathroom clean and tidy. I did nothing except lay on the sun loungers on a small white sandy beach next to a peaceful bay and watch the amazing sunsets from the dock. I'm loath to recommend the Island Bay in case they don't have any rooms available next time I want to visit!
I had a wonderful and relaxing time at Island Bay Resort. The beach was lovely. The water was clear and clean. We snorkeled, lounged on our floaties, and enjoyed fabulous sunsets!
This place is wonderful! I just returned from a 3 night stay at the Island Bay Resort. I will definitely return. The private beach has plenty of space and was NEVER crowded. It's nice to know that even at full capacity you will never be without a place to relax. We enjoyed snorkeling and kayaking right from the resort. There were lots of little sea creatures around near the shore. The grounds are beautiful and so quiet!! We picked up some simple breakfast foods and enjoyed them every morning on our cottage's deck. The resort looked so nice on their website and it lived up to what I expected (or hoped) it would be. Mike and Carol are great hosts. Everything is clean and comfortable. Instead of staying at a large hotel where you can't find a place to unwind, check out the Island Bay. Another plus is the fact that the rooms mostly accomodate two people, so you aren't likely to find many children running around. We were secluded, yet still just a short drive from everything. Our next visit we will be picking up some seafood from a local market and taking advantage of the grill outside of our cottage.
Laid back and beautiful
I had only one night to stay at the Island Bay resort but I really enjoyed the ambiance. It was such a pretty spot-lovely view of the sunset and so peaceful at night. I had a nice clean room, great shower, huge bed-I would reccomend this place without reservation to those who are not into the typical hotels. This was a much more homey and friendly setting.
A Great Place to Stay....
All the above reviews are spot on. Impeccably clean, tastefully decorated suites, well cared for grounds and an ideal location to explore the Keys from (conveniently located to Pennekamp State Park, a pleasant one hour drive to the Seven Mile Bridge, close to a Winn Dixie grocery store, and a two minute walk to a gas station/convenience store selling beer/wine). The suggestion above for aquatic/beach shoes is a good one and this should not be taken as a slight against Island Bay as it's a great suggestion and, in my opinion, necessary for ocean swimming anywhere in the keys. Owners Mike and Carol are very friendly and give great advice with respect to other activities (ie. snorkeling) you might want to pursue in the area. Definitely a wonderful and very relaxing place to stay.
We had the opportunity to stay at the Island Bay Resort for one night. We had an open night during our vacation and stopped at many places along route 1. We viewed the grounds and rooms of about a dozen hotels and resorts and decided to stay here. We stayed in room #7 which had a bedroom, small living room with futon, dining table and chairs, TV and efficiency kitchen. The room was tastefully decorated and spotless. It's hard to describe the place, it's not overly fancy, but there is great attention to detail. The owners obviously take pride in the place and it shows. The grounds were well groomed and the whole feel of the place was nice. We arrived later in the day, checked in and grabbed our snorkel gear and snorkeled just off the dock. Grassy area around the dock didn't have much to see, but there were tons of fish, a couple of lobsters and what appeared to be a stone crab hanging out under the dock. It was a nice diversion for a little bit. We then grabbed a bottle of wine and sat and watched the sunset at the beach with another couple staying at the resort. This place just makes you want to let your hair down and relax.
Plan to return
We spent 3 days at Island Bay Resort in March of 04. Of all of the places we stayed on the Keys, 3 in all, this was our favorite. The cottages are sweet, comfortable and clean. Outside of each cottage is a little deck with a table and chairs and a BBQ grill. Each cottage also has a little tropical garden. The place has a very islandy atmosphere with access to they bay. The boat dock is good for fishing. Beside the boat dock is a little sandy beach for watching the sunsets and swimming. Hosts Carole and Mike are friendly and helpful. I recommend.
WOW - this has to be the most beautiful, relaxing place I have ever been to.
Best Kept Secret on the Keys
I found the Island Bay Resort online when searching for a place to stay on my vacation to the Florida Keys in March 2004. I cannot say enough about how wonderful and relaxing it was. It is a small, quiet place, where there are only 10 cabins, and I had the beach to myself most of the time! What I saw on the website was EXACTLY what I got! The sugar-sand beach, the swaying palms, the hammocks were so entrancing. Each cabin has its own deck, patio furniture, tiki torches and even a charcoal grill. All the rooms are themed and so very clean. The owners, Carol and Mike were very friendly and helpful. The sunsets were gorgeous. If you want a nice relaxing getaway from it all vacation , this is the place to go!