Island Bay Resort

Island Bay Resort

92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2758
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#1 of 1 resort in Tavernier
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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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.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Beach
Boating
Massage
Adults only
BBQ facilities
Express check-in / check-out
Wifi
Canoeing
Snorkelling
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Umbrella
Private check-in / check-out
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Desk
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English

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92530 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2758
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Randy S wrote a review Jan 2020
Farmington, Minnesota, United States15 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I had a short last minute trip down to key west and decided to take our time getting back to Miami so we wanted a nice hotel between the two. I was looking at reviews for Island Bay and thought it sounded great so booked it.

The reviews did NOT do it justice, this is little almost boutique resort was well above my expectations even after reading all of the great reviews. The owners live on site and you can tell them take great pride in providing amazing service and accommodations.

As an entrepreneur myself, I love finding businesses that truly value giving a great experience. The attention to detail was unbelievable. The entire resort property was meticulously maintained. We had originally planned to leave in the morning to hang out in Miami during the day before our flight home, but totally changed our plans and just hung our on the beach all day at the resort. They even have a little shower house at the beach that you can check out earlier and then just hang out afterwards.

Thank you Mike & Carol for an amazing visit. We will definitely be back any time we are back in the keys!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lee P wrote a review Jan 2020
14 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I've never stayed in a resort quite like this one, as the rooms sizes are pretty small but as it turns out that's part of the reason as to why this resort is so good!

When you enter this place, it feels like you're in your own little get-away despite it being so close to the main road! The rooms were so cozy and quite cute with each one having its own little kitchen if you ever feel like just having a quiet one in. There's also a supermarket, liquor store, chemist and a couple of restuarants less than a 5 minute drive away.

Lastly, i'd like to thank the mangement team for saving my ass! I am from Australia and after the 2 hour drive from the resort to the airport I realised I had forgotten my passport. I called up and they were happy to pay for priority postage with a $200 insurance fee on the passport and insisted that I not pay them back. I just recieved my passport today :) I would highly recommend anyone to stay here!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Rooms are just about all the same, just different arrangements of furniture for each room.
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Samantha Blain wrote a review Aug 2020
Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica69 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been three times, we like to spend the weekend. Very cozy, family-owned, very clean, words cannot describe how much we enjoyed coming to this resort. Carol and her husband have been very accomodating and attentive. The room itself was very clean and detail-oriented. Perfect for a couple. You have access to the property's private beach and kayaks and paddleboards are included. They even disinfect the room with a UV Ray machine for those worried about COVID.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Kari Richter wrote a review Nov 2021
Oregon, wi2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I would 110% recommend this resort to friends and family. We were hesitant to travel with Covid since I am a breast cancer survivor but we wanted to celebrate being done with chemo, radiation and surgery. This place was so amazing and a much needed break from the world. Before our trip I spoke with someone on the phone and she was super nice and helpful an answered all my questions. The rooms were amazing and the cleanest place we have ever stayed at. The beds and pillows were super comfy and shower had good water pressure and hot water. I could not hear anyone next to use or outside the entire time we were there.
Upon arrival we were given a sheet with restaurant suggestions and in the room there was a nice binder with a whole bunch of information. It is obvious that the owner took great care in making sure the guests have a great time.

We did not use either but there is laundry and dive storage lockers onsite.
There is also corn hole, kayaks and stand up paddles boards that can be used.
Super cute areas with plenty of places to sit and relax-comfy chairs, hammocks.

Overall, we were super happy with this resort and I couldn't have asked for a more stress free weekend to celebrate. 100% covid friendly.
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Date of stay: November 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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VegasHopper wrote a review Jan 2020
Austin, Texas254 contributions141 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you’re looking for a relaxing, feel-at-home, immaculately themed and maintained cottage type stay, then this is a must for you. The owners go above and beyond the norm to make you feel special. Each cottage has a special theme. And, the grounds are immaculately manicured with faux tiki torches lining the drive/walkway, BBQ grills at each cottage, hammocks, several covered patios and numerous outdoor recliners. While there is not a long walking beach there is a sunset viewing area and space for sunbathing or just relaxing. There are a lot of things to see and do in the area. However, keep in mind that Tavernier is about an hours drive from Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. And, it’s about another two hour drive to Key West. So, plan your trip wisely. But, do consider this privately owned and operated gem a place to relax and enjoy Tavernier, Key Largo, Islamorada, and points beyond.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jim B wrote a review Sept 2020
Racine, Wisconsin5 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Island Bay Resort is the definition of a perfect getaway! From Mike personally greeting my wife and me by name when we arrived to his suggestions of places to visit on our last day when we checked out, we could not have asked for a better place to spend some time to chill and unplug for a few days.

The attention to detail and impeccable cleanliness of this resort speaks to the labor of love that Mike and Carol have for their business. We did not want for anything during our stay. Mike and Carol were always around if we needed any supplies restocked in our room. They were happy to suggest places to visit and their favorite local restaurants (which were all spot on - by the way) when we asked them.

The resort is tucked away off the main highway but we didn’t have any issue with road noise. The private beach was a wonderful place to enjoy the sounds of nature in the morning with a cup of coffee and view the unique sunsets from Mother Nature every evening. Watching two dolphins play on our last night was a nice touch as well.

There are kayaks and paddle boards available during your stay if you are coordinated and adventurous which is a nice touch. :) If you’re not into that, you can simply swim in the water, play some cornhole or simply soak up the sun with your favorite beverage. This was truly an oasis for us to take a break from the current events that have been overwhelming at times.

We were in Cottage #10. It was perfect. There was a king bed, sofa and dining room table. The refrigerator was good sized for our needs and while we didn’t use it, there was a two burner electric stove inside and a charcoal grill outside.

If you are thinking of staying in the Key Largo area, you will regret not staying at the Island Bay Resort if you have the opportunity. It will be our go to when we go back to the Florida Keys.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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bikinigal55 wrote a review Mar 2021
Frederick, Maryland42 contributions54 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a small 10 cottage resort that is extremely well cared for by owners Carol & Mike. The parking is right across from the cottages with a one-lane driveway. We enjoyed the little beach with easy swimming/snorkeling access. The water was so clear you could see fish while floating around. The room was very clean & we felt safe despite COVID. I would advise researching so you know what you are getting here - it is quiet & small. We were very happy with our stay, enjoying beautiful sunsets beyond the boats docked to the side.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Pinot09 wrote a review Mar 2020
Medina, Ohio125 contributions61 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here 8 years ago and absolutely loved it. It is said “you can’t go back” but our return trip was just as nice. This property is immaculate, the details and decorations/furnishings in each cottage are delightful and hosts Mike and Carol, as nice as ever. We enjoyed the location, the private beach, the tiki hut for our happy hour, and the quietness and charm of the resort itself. The Island Bay Resort offers so much more than a hotel/motel or even a full service resort. True old Florida atmosphere!
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We prefer a cabin closer to the beach/tiki hut vs closer to the highway
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hazeleyes32 wrote a review Aug 2020
Fort Lauderdale, Florida30 contributions32 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first time staying in Tavernier and Island Bay Resort did not disappoint. TA 5 star reviews along with IBR inviting website got us hooked to book. Mike(we didn’t see Carol) was welcoming throughout our entire stay. We booked the Conch room which felt like a home away from home. We were grateful for nice weather and spectacular sunsets and moon. Must not forget the moon! The blue umbrellas and clean shower/changing room near by was extremely refreshIng since the weather, although beautiful was very hot.

The water was calm and clean. I’m not one for swimming in murky water but the visibility was clear enough so I put on my water shoes and ventured in. A first for me in the Key’s Bayside.

On our departure day(check out is 11am), we decided to extend our stay. I called Mike and requested a late check out awaiting confirmation from our dog sitter. Although Mike was nice to extend it to 11:30am, someone had already booked the room. 😫
It’s that good here that you do not want to leave.

A memorable experience with much needed R&R!!
Definitely, will return!!😇
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Florida traveler wrote a review Oct 2021
Boynton Beach, Florida94 contributions68 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfection, serenity, scenery... everything to admire and nothing to quibble about. We experienced 5-star service from booking to departure. Everything wonderful you hear about Island Bay Resort is well deserved. The grounds crew lovingly rakes the sand each morning to give you a Zen feeling. The lounges are situated throughout the beach area to accommodate the maximum 20 guests with privacy and plenty of space. Hammock, swings, Adirondack chairs, dock, beach, everything to love! Water features throughout the property, Weber charcoal grill if you want to BBQ, efficiencies have kitchenettes. We snorkeled, used the paddle boat, and took showers afterwards in the amazing outdoor shower. We will return!
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: all rooms are good, lower numbers are closer to water, but each room is priceless
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logan asked a question Dec 2022
Irvine, California
Are roll away or pull out beds available for young children?
Answer from Island Bay R
Tavernier1 contribution
I am sorry for the inconvenience but we are an Adult Only resort. We allow only two adult guest per room.
Jennifer T asked a question Feb 2021
Chicago, Illinois3 contributions
Are there alligators in the area?
Answer from Indy Girl in Boca
Boca Raton, Florida68 contributions10 helpful votes
Yes - there are alligators in Florida. I have never personally seen one near Island Bay Resort.
Vincent7773 asked a question Feb 2020
Louisa, Virginia12 contributions7 helpful votes
Do we need to bring charcoal for grill?
Answer from Chris
Schaumburg, Illinois1,044 contribution9 helpful votes
Hello, Yes you need to bring your own charcoal. Enjoy your stay! Island Bay is great.
JSB asked a question Feb 2020
North Bay, Canada34 contributions25 helpful votes
Do they have iron’s and ironing boards in the room?
Answer from EPfeffer
Macomb, Michigan211 contributions26 helpful votes
There wasn't an iron or iron board in my room, but every room is different. I recommend you contact the resort for more information
Answer from Elizabeth D
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Island Bay Resort in Tavernier, Florida
kellymJ2231SX wrote a tip Feb 2024
Hartford, Connecticut49 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is a bit tight."
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Rob W wrote a tip Jan 2024
22 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"They have plates, glasses, a toaster, tea kettle, bbq charocal grill with all the grilling tools. a small cooler, fridge, microwave & more"
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Liz O wrote a tip Jan 2024
6 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The property is a short walking distance to the Italian Food Company restaurant for outstanding food in a casual dining atmosphere. Winn Dixie supermarket is close."
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Nancy G wrote a tip Dec 2023
4 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Unplug your gadgets & chill!!"
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Mary Z wrote a tip Nov 2023
Brookfield, Illinois44 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If #1 is available…take it. Property is small so you are still close to the water no matter where you stay. "
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PRICE RANGE
₹26,962 - ₹33,973 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
island bay hotel tavernier, island bay tavernier
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaFlorida KeysKey LargoTavernier
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Island Bay Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Island Bay Resort?
Nearby attractions include Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center (1.9 km), Old Road Gallery (5.3 km), and Harry Harris Park (2.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Island Bay Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at Island Bay Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Island Bay Resort?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Island Bay Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Island Bay Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Harriette's Restaurant, Twisted shrimp, and Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory.
Does Island Bay Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is Island Bay Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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