Rainbow Bend Fishing Resort
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Historical Traveler Reviews Rainbow Bend Fishing Resort Marathon
I loved it -I don't get the bad reviews?
I stayed there 2 years ago and I was looking them up to see what other people thought of the place since I discovered Trip advisor since then. I loved this place. Yes, it is an older place and the Keys is known for older roadside motel type places. The rooms were nice and clean and there is an adequate kitchen for cooking, There is a killer ocean view in the front of the resort (it is on the ocean) and a nice smaller pool and hot tub. I loved the fact that they had an adjoining room that made our room/cottage a 2 bedroom for the 2 of us (we were on a fishing trip). You get a free breakfast that is nice and the restaurant serves fantastic quality food at night (and I am a picky guy who has eaten at every 5 star Zagat rated place in Chicago and a lot of them in other major cities). However, if you want a mega-resort quality, you will really pay up at places like Hawks Cay or the Cheeca or any of the name brands in Key West or Key Largo (Sheraton, Hyatt, Marriott). IF that is what you want, go there. Is it a little pricey, maybe. Compared to what you get at a cheezy place on the road, here you are on the ocean with a killer view so it is all in the eye of the beholder. Some people said they were treated rudely, I wasn't. If you want a small town and real Keys charm and the best fishing, go to Marathon and Islamorada of which Rainbow Bend Resort is in between. Those are much biggers towns and you lose the real Keys feel as far as I am concerned. For those not familiar with the Keys-yes a "Beach" in the Keys is not a real beach most of the time. Most places have a small makeshift beach. IF you want a superb beach, you go stay at one of the rare places that have one or you drive down to Bahia Honda State park which is the best beach in the Keys and is beautiful. I also think there is a decent beach in Marathon proper (Sombrero?). Two complaints I did have that others mentioned is that they do require the boats back very early and they do start breakfast too late for fishermen. I would definitely stay with them again and would put them near the top of my list for places to stay and plces to eat in the Middle Keys.
Bad bad bad
There are bugs in the rooms-ants on the bed-blood stained sheets and pillows-unfriendly staff. Don't stay there!
Needs a Hurricane to come through !
What can i say... staff rude, better check your fuel tank before u leave the dock,(they will rip u off on gas), we reserved a "newer" two bedroom condo that resembled the worst looking house in detroits ghetto, upgraded to their octagon lower level which u can see inside where the water level was at about 3 feet as the walls appeared to have water damage and could explain the musty odor, also if u likke sleeping with ants you will love the beds when we complained to the office they laughed and said your lucky theres not scorpions, the water was the worst in the keys, pool was freezing cold not heated, free motor boat, but was very old, but it costed $45 for fuel, ut when complained about they reduced to $22, which was still high for a FREE boat. for $360 a night i feel i was ripped off and would NEVER consider returning to this hurricane hole, the free breakfest was a selection of about 4 things on the menu, the food was good, and the waitress was nice, well this is it thats the only nice thing we can say about where we stayed. We feel next time we will spend money on cruise ship which was actually cheaper.
Wish I listened to the bad reviews
We checked out after the first night. Our room was musty, mildewy, and smelly. Probably because the bathroom was in the same room as the bedroom. After checking out, we went down the road to the Holiday Inn. It was less expensive and on the ocean. It had a Tiki Bar and our room had a view of the ocean. We're so glad we made the switch. Because of Rainbow Bend's cancellation policy, we had to pay for a two-night stay. So, when we got home we tried to dispute the extra night charge with our credit card and we even called the Better Business Bureau, only to find out that Rainbow Bend has over 100 BBB complaints about them. I wished we had done our homework prior.
Rude Rainbow Bend!
We just spent 8 days at Rainbow Bend. Where do I begin! The fold out sofa had a urine stained matress pad complete with food crumbs. The shower came with complimentary mold. The airconditioner was so noisy you could not hear the tv at its highest volume. All this I could handle, I cleaned the room, got a clean matress pad for the fold out and convinced my kids that vacations were not for watching tv. What I could not handle was the extemely rude staff. I have visited the keys every year for the last 15 years and have stayed at many places. This was the worst experience I have ever had by far. The office staff are all rude with a don't bother me additude. Met one nice dock hand. Met one dock hand that was the rudest person I have ever met! If you want to swim you will have to use the pool or take a boat to the sand bar. The water at the resort is brown and smelly. My five year old said " so this is where everything goes when you flush the toilet". I would never return to this so called resort. I can get treated like dirt anywhere and it won't cost me 2,500 dollars. The Florida Keys are full of charming friendly places to stay , this is not one of them. Do not be lured by the free motor boats as we were. They are not worth the brown smelly water they are floating on.
Rude and inflexable
The resort had the potential to be a great vacation spot, and my stay could have inspired me to return and encourage others to do so. Unfortunately that was not the case. I found the management to be rude and inflexable. My First glimpse of this was when I arrived at noon, (two hours early for check-in) and was refused check in. That was OK, but when I asked if we could just look around, and sit on some lounge chairs till 2 PM, we were told "absolutely not, but you can sit in your car in the parking lot for 2 hours". I was so inscensed, that if I was not waiting for two other families, I would have cancelled my visit right then.
And then the rules and policies, and the rude handling of these policies just got worse from there. You charged alot of money for the "free" amenities of boats and kayak water craft, but locked them up at 3:30 PM (or earlier). That along with a strict check-in policy means the first day has no amenities. And rude behaviour by the staff also ruined what might have been a great vacation. No one I know will ever visit your resort again !!!!
Well, at least the fishing was good...
Stayed here in March 2004 with my boys- paid $250+ a night for a very average room. We did enjoy the use of the boats but forget about swimming on the premises unless you go out to a sand bar in the boat- it is weedy and unattractive. Had 1 breakfast at the restaurant which was good. Since they are included ( as long as you order a certain selection) it is a nice feature. Unfortunately, they don't open until 7:30am so if you are going on a fishing charter which leaves early you are on your own for breakfast. The room was basic cinder block with furniture I donated to Goodwill years ago. The air conditioner is in the wall and noisy. The ants on the counters didn't seem to mind however. Since all of our fishing charters left from Islamorada, which is 30+ miles away, it would make more sense to stay on that island, but I'am not sure if the accomodations are any better unless you go fancy and really big bucks. Gee- I hate to be critical but if this is the Keys ambiance I may chose the Bahamas next time instead.
I liked it!
I picked this place out on the internet. We just returned and had a great trip. We stayed in unit 6 which is one of the oceanview suites. It was clean and comfortable and we did not feel cramped at all. The restraunt was excellent and if you go for an early seating (before 6 PM) the prices are reasonable for the keys. We had a great time fishing and good fishing grounds are close by. The wind can be a factor but when it was the staff was helpful in directing you to a protected spot. I never understood what the service fee was about but methinks it means that the boats are not really free as stated. Never the less, the use of the boats are the key difference whne compared to other places. I looked around the area and did not see another place that made me think "I wished we'd have stayed there". I'll go back next year.
The absolute worst
working in the hospitality industry for the last 10 yrs. in a tourist area known for ripoffs,we don't hold a candle to this so called resort. the "jacuzzi" suite had a bathtub with jets, the room was filthy the coffee maker had used coffee in it. for $189.00,which included breakfast[$2.95 value],a boat for our use,[winds at 25].and thats not the bad part, i was charged a 22.5% service charge,whats that all about! i suggest to all that you bypass grassy key and continue on to key west. THE RESTURANT IS EXCELLENT.
Not worth the money!
For $150 you'd expect a lot more. We stayed in "AJ's room", it was clean, but small. The private deck was nice, but they could have cleaned up the grounds. The beach was unswimable (brown water), but if you want to tan, it's okay, the pool was a lot better. Nearest beach is about 20 miles away. The last thing you want to do is spend time in a car to get to the beach. And watch out for low tide! SMELLY! Free use of motorboats with your room price, but don't expect anything fancy (you pay for fuel - which was reasonable) A "Full American Breakfast" is included, which is a lot better than cold cereal and coffee. You get to chose from small selection from the menu at thier restaurant upstairs, but it reminds me of an old house, not a fine restaurant as they claim. Stake your parking space earlier because when the restaurant on site starts getting patrons for dinner, there is no where to park. Resort it is not. My suggestion, pay the extra $50 or so and stay at one of the bigger resorts!
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... fenced so no alligators today. Before Homestead and Florida City, nurseries, palm nurseries and fruit shops. Several shops about to. Close for the summer. "Too hot and nothing growing". Bought a mamey fruit (pronounced "ma-may") for dinner.
Drove south and entered the Everglades N.P. Good film at the first Visitor Centre, then board walks or bitumen paths at intervals to display the wildlife and swampy terrain. Saw several alligators, ...
... returning something to a former, better state. Guy Bradley demonstrated his true and better state veering away from the profitable path of plume hunting to paying the ultimate sacrifice for the protection of plumes.
Upon our return from the boat excursion, we spot a family of Manatees in the marina and are treated to some wonderful views of baby Manatee swimming near the surface and larger ones breaching the surface with their large snouts. Also near the marina ...
... rainfly on the tent, threw everything of value into the truck (primarily my camera and my hippo, Amethyst), and hunkered down on my camping mattress.
Minutes later the storm hit with a vengeance, the gale force winds howling and whipping so vehemently I was scared that the tent might blow away (with me in it). The rain fly was not at all effective against the tropical storm; soon I was completely drenched. The storm raged on for about half an hour and I cringed in the ...
... I leave the marina to run errands, I encounter dessicated iguanas, roadkill victims to the incessant traffic. To me, these iguanas have come to symbolize the general population in Marathon, ie, far too many nonnatives living in a concrete jungle. And the Jimmy Buffet thing is way overdone.
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... facilities. There are 2 beaches at Bahia Honda - Sandspur and Calusa. Sandspur is the better one. Forget Calusa as it has a view of the highway and therefore is noisy. The campsites, which are located in Sandspur, are known to be buggy no matter what time of the year you visit and also hot especially during the summer season. The campsites' location is right on the beach. They are in fact a great place to ...