Pines and Palms Resort
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... me into
the tent at dusk BUT they did not disappear until the next morning –
it stayed warm and still all night which meant I could only stargaze
for short intervals while donating blood.
Had an easy paddle the next day winding
back through the well-marked mangrove trail – it is always a bit of
a let-down when one finishes a trip. But hopefully more adventures
... a couple are shivering slightly having forgotten to bring a towel so we offer them ours and they gratefully dry off and change. Over increasingly large measures we get chatting and it transpires they've come down from Chicago as part of an athletics group who ran a challange from Fort Lauderdale to Key West. It's over 200 miles which seems a crazy thing to do when car hire is so cheap, but Will and Megan as they're called are big into their fitness having met in a gym where love ...
We cruised around lots of south Florida and really learned to love it here. It's a beautiful place.
And yesterday, Chari and I each caught a 100 pound+ Tarpon!!
And SO much more! So many experiences, so many great times.
The best part
I'll always be thankful for being given the opportunity to spend so much
time with David and Chari. Yes, we got on each others nerves at times ...
... how they are doing – no blooms expected until March; ran out of gas near Flamingo – boater came to my rescue (really appreciated since I still had two miles to push Baby).
Had a moonlight picnic at Fairchild Gardens – great ambiance, wine and food amongst millions of world flowers and trees. Have to return sometime to view these gardens in the daytime.
... up a mountain of silt and sand into the water. If they spot a lobster, they will spend their entire dive trying to get it unless the divemaster drags them away. They also tend to suck up air faster because they are so very, very active. And they don't pay attention to their gear so it is dragging over the reef as they search out the next hole. I just want to smack them. The only way to enjoy a dive when I ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Pines and Palms Resort Islamorada
Two years of fabulous stays...
A quiet, marvelous little setting in the heart of Islamorada. My wife and I have been vacationing at Pines and Palms for two years now. We have stayed in a several of the cozy, fun rooms over the years, but were fortunate enough to discover the Orchid Cottage last year. This amazing cottage is the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy a secluded beachfront property, yet has access to all the amenities the resort has to offer. The entire resort is clean, bright and very inviting. The small touches of orchids in the rooms and the personalized attention from the owner make this resort a true treasure in the hustle/bustle of the resort industry of the Keys. If your looking for the perfect little resort to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful Florida Keys, Pines and Palms can't be beat!
A million miles away at Pines and Palms Orchid Cottage
My wife and I spent a fabulous week in the Orchid Cottage at Pines and Palms. It is a beautiful one bedroom cottage with full kitchen, living room, bath and laundry plus a wonderful screened in porch. It is directly on the water. Very private. The cottage was absolutely spottless and we really believe we got an excellent value for the money. The owner of this resort and his family live on the property which must account the the very well, run friendly keys environment.
Pines and Palms Resort
I have stayed with the very nice people at the Pines and Palms several times, and they consistantly present the best place to stay in the Upper Keys! Clean, fresh, great location, and very, very accomodating. Stop looking at other properties! Pines and Palms is the best.
Pines and Palms, combination of all things good!
CLEAN RESORT!! Great time for me and the family...Enjoyed the peace and quiet at the resort, and when we wanted noise and more!, there are great restaurants, fun nightlife (you have to be in town for the "Full Moon" party, just down the road) and really great fishing in the ocean and the gulf. Papa Joes, a great hang out just 100 yards down the road, cooked the fish we caught that day 4 different ways, to perfection.
While Key West sold out to the Cruise ships, Pines and Palms and Islamorada is the reason we're coming back to the Keys next year! ps The Staff was great !! even to my kids!!
The perfect place
We loved it! We stayed in one of the oceanfront cottages, what a view!
This was the cleanest place we ever stayed in, everything was well maintained, and the staff was friendly and very helpful. Quiet and peaceful, great location, lots of restaurants and shopping close by.
We liked it a lot and will return.
My family and I have been to Pines and Palms, had a wonderful time, and are planning a return trip during lobster season. The room was very clean and new but more cottage like and stylish than a typical hotel room. The staff was nice and very knowledgeable about things to do around Islamorada. It was the perfect place for us. Our favorite restaurant, Uncles, is just a short walk away, their seafood is outstanding but we really enjoy barbecuing our own fish and veggies. Their cabana next to their pool has a great barbecue, with a sink and fridge, where we could sip cocktails, cook and look out over the pool and the ocean at the same time. It?s pretty cold here today so I wish I was there right now. Their web site has lots of pictures that convinced us to stay there. I wish they would put a web cam right on their dock so I could visit any time I wanted.
Insulted by an employee of pines and palms
Asolutely the worst vacation ever. The first night the air unit woke me
up litterally 25 times as it blasted away 1 Ft above my head. The
second night I slept on the fold out couch and boy was I in for a
surprise. The mattress was not really a mattress and the springs could
be felt sticking in my back. To think that I wasted my time complaining
to the owners and they didn't even care or offer us any sort of
compensation. They told me I was not supposed to sleep on the fold-out
couch and that it was for kids only, funny thing is they used the
fold-out as a sales feature when I inquired about the room. I think any
parent would be heartbroken knowing that their kids were sleeping on a
bed like that. And to top-off the surprises we were insulted by one of
the employees in front of other guests and kids. His exact words were,
'' Don't complain to me, complain to the owner, you're giving me a
bellyache you ******* idiot"If you're thinking of staying in the keys
choose a resort that (1) does not charge you in full before you even
get the keys and (2) does not have 'guest testimonials' posted on their
website. A quality resort does not need to advertise with tesitmonials.
Makes me wonder if they're even real because Pines and Palms are the
only resort with testimonials.I'm not the picketing type, but next time
I'm in Islamorada I will think twice about it.
This place is just adorable. Sits on the Ocean Side and they have just recently redone all the rooms and cottages.
Our room was a 1 bedroom with a King Bed..a pull out in the livingroom (very comfy) and a small kitchen. They also have cottages. They're painting white, but with really cute palm trees and tropical paintings on the sides. The cottages look out over the Ocean. There's 2 fishing piers there and I found it very relaxing to take a chair out there and read. Great clean pool, also right on the ocean.
We really couldn't of asked for anything else and we'll definetly be back.
The room we had was horrible. Imagine, NO CLOSET to hang clothes.
Tiny,Tiny bathroom. The airconditioner blasted from 6 inches above your head in bed. Housekeeper didn't even vacuum everyday. Grounds were kept nice. You had to roll the TV across the room to see from the bedroom.
After 12 years of vacationing at Marsh Harbour, Abaco (Bahamas) we decided to visit the Florida Keys. We were looking for something like Abaco but a place we could to drive to. Also, we hoped it would be less expensive.The resort ad on the net boasts of "comfy, cozy... classic caribbean cottages by the sea" - not really! it's more a closely resembled a collection of old huts from where you can see the sea!. Rooms were small and very clean. A/C unit was best left switched off - way too loud! No real beach - more like a large sand box! . . . nice pool though. US.1 is a noisy, noisy road - traffic runs 24 hours - who planned that darn thing anyway? The resort occupies about an acre of land and there is no where else to go other than get in the car and drive to endless other places that looked almost the same. In the evening there's very little to do except eat out - which I found outrageously expensive for the quality offered. Front desk and housekeeping staff were excellent - probably the redeeming feature of the place. Summary. Pines & Palms is an OK choice in the Keys. I believe they're expensive, though reasonably priced compared to other places nearby. The Florida Keys are tired, noisy, boring and way over-priced.Verdict. Back to the Bahamas in 2004!