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“A stay in unit R3”
Review of Kawama Yacht Club

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Kawama Yacht Club
Michigan
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A stay in unit R3”
Reviewed 15 February 2012

Myself, wife, our dog, and three sisters stayed in unit R3. Friendly owner Norman (he's quite a character) met us there and gave a good tour of unit and the yacht club. You get free use of his golf cart to get around the complex. Also beach toys, fishing poles, and three kayaks. There are four levels in this unit including a loft. Not sure how practical the loft would be if needed. There is a pull down stair (out of the ceiling) to the loft which blocks the upstairs hallway when down. I would have concerns about allowing kids to sleep up there with the stairs back up. The lowest level is also unusual in that Norman has a small private room there, which is locked off from the rest of the unit. He occasionally spends the night there. There are three pools in Kawama. One of them is almost right in front of this unit. Since my sisters like to spend a lot of time at the pool, this was quite convenient....a thirty second walk to refill your Coke. Some of the units on the lagoon can be a few hundred feet from a pool. If you like to watch TV on vacation, this unit has a TV in just about every room....even the loft. There are all kinds of condiments left over from previous renters in the kitchen which was nice for the few times we actually fixed meals. Negatives- There is no dining table. We ate dinner on stools around the kitchen island area. The dishwasher was broken the week we were there (I assume Norman has had this repaired since.) There is apparently a private hot tub also with this unit, but it is in a separate location and was also broken, so we never even visited it. There is a small pavilion directly across from this unit, next to the pool. This pavilion can apparently be rented to private parties. The last night we were there, it had been rented, and the renters had hired a DJ who apparently felt that the only acceptable way to play music is at a sound level of 11 on a scale of 10. We politely asked if it could be turned down, but the racket lasted until 11 PM. We had to leave by 6 AM the next morning to catch our flight back to Michigan. I was told that this is unusual, but I would ask (before renting) if any parties are scheduled at this pavilion for the week you are there. Overall, it was a pleasant week. The residents of Kawama were very friendly. We knew most of the regulars there by the end of the week. I would not hesitate to return to Kawama.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Our experience with V11 and our hostess was very pleasant. Viv was very responsive and helpful. We felt very much at home in her home and loved having all the space for our family. Our 80+ year old parents did not have any issue with the spiral stairs however, it is something for folks to consider since the main living space is on the second floor. We had a lovely view from the unit and enjoyed walking around the resort. However, I do agree that the overall resort does need some updating and there is a "beach" area where there was a lot of garbage floating on the water (kind of gross).
A couple of hints for folks staying in the Keys for the first time - beware of no-see-ums (they come out at dawn and dusk) and will eat you alive. Keep covered up and close the doors until the sun has either rised or set. Buy the stone crab - they are delicious! The drive to Key West is lovely but it will take a little over two hours. We also had a ton of fun trying out all the local breakfast places.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Forest, Va
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

Pictures do not do this place justice. Pictures showed this unit much smaller than it actually was. We were pleasantly surprised to find that it was much more spacious than we thought it would be. The Kawana Yacht Club grounds were immaculate; the pools always clean. There was something to amuse all ages of the kids we brought with us - from 5 to 16 years of age. Norm was most gracious in his hospitality and available to us if we had any issues (which we didn't). We have spents many weeks over the years in the Keys in various locations and this was truly more than we expected. We definitely will be returning guests.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 November 2011

My husband and I spent our belated honeymoon in Condo 206 of Kawama Tower and had a great time. The unit was clean, spacious and near a couple of great restaurants. We really enjoyed have a private pool and lake in the complex! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

We stayed 5 nights at the Kawama Yacht Club in September. The condo grounds and pool were very nice. The kids play ground was decent. My wife and I had a few small issues with the development.
1. The Kawama Yacht Club says it has a beach, but it is NOT a swimming beach, you cannot go in the ocean swimming and must drive to one of the state parks a few miles away.
2. They have only 1 security guard on more than 1 occassion he was doing rounds, we had to wait 10-15 minutes for him to return to get back into the development
3. The Pool water tasted very strange, not chlorinie or salt.
4. The development looks like it was built in 60's or 70's and has NOT been updated since. Each condo unit is updated by each ower, but outside and grounds need some work.

Dont get me wrong, I paid $150 a night for a 2 bedroom condo in the keys which is awesome. If we went to Key Largo, I would consider staying here again.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Kawama Yacht Club
Address: 1500 Ocean Bay Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037-4238
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
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Ranked #9 of 19 Speciality Lodging in Key Largo
Number of rooms: 198
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