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Old 10-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #1
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Default Provide Your Favorite Florida Keys Boat Friendly Hotels

I think it would be very beneficial to establish a list of decent boat friendly hotels / lodging in the Florida Keys. When I go to the Keys for a weekend I would really like to have a "go to" list of hotels that are of good quality, reasonable cost, and offer boaters / fishermen the necessary amenities. What I consider boat friendly is;

1. Has a place to keep your boat... trailered or in a slip.
2. Offers adequate security.
3. Has a private ramp, or is near a good public ramp.
4. Has, or is near, proper wash down facilities, fuel, etc.
5. Offers the above access as part of the package, not a separate deal with a nearby marina.

How about starting such a list here?
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Old 10-28-2012, 10:11 AM   #2
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Chesapeake Resort in Islamorada fits every category. Also has the most secure lagoon I've seen in the Keys. I really like the floating docks they have for smaller boats. And the lagoon is really deep. A charter actually keeps about a 40' Sportfish in the lagoon.





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Old 10-28-2012, 10:25 AM   #3
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Also, I can put my 21 Paramount in at their private ramp.
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Need to specify size of boat.... Many places cater to smaller boats .......
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Old 10-28-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key. Approximately at MM 62.

It's very nice with a great marine, slips, and boat ramp. If you get a small villa in the "small boat basin" you can literally have your boat parked directly behind your condo.

It can be expensive though if you don't time it at the right time of year or look for when they are offering specials.
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Old 10-28-2012, 12:27 PM   #6
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Breezy Palms, just up from Bud N Mary's
Boat ramp
Secure harbor
Fish cleaning tables
Lots of BBQ's
Reasonably priced with lots room options.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:28 PM   #7
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Lajolla is also a good place for boats under 35ft...i think they have a ramp or at least one is near by.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:22 PM   #8
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One month ago I asked this same question for Islamorada and was given several options. Now that I saw most of them I have to say I choose the best one of that list. I stayed at Coral Bay Resort (http://coralbayresort.com) and even if I am tempted to keep it secret I have to share it just like it was shared with me. This place is just awesome. It is quiet, clean and beautiful with nicely manicured landscapes. The ramp (11.5' wide) is not for 30+ ft mega boats but still there is space for those if you launch nearby. Angie the manager is the sweetest person and will do her best to pl;ease you. These are the key things that I loved:
- The rooms A/Cs are true outside full units and not those cheap window A/C systems common on most Keys hotels like this. They can cool your room more than your girl can hold if you put the thermostat to 65° and without noise.
- They have a cooler where you can pick up 10 lbs ice bags for just a $1 each and pay them when you leave (honor system). Very handy for those boat trips.
- The pier is very protected and in and out of the area is 5'+ deep all the way towards the bay.
- There is a nice big area inside the facility where you store the trailer without worries.
- The patio areas around the facility are just beautiful. And you can see the best sunsets on this bay side.

At the beginning I thought the ramp was small but after seeing the one at Harbor Light (unusable at low tide) and Drop Anchor (6" low coral water just 10ft behind it) definitely this was ok. Finally the prices are very reasonable and you get more value for a similar price to the rest (no extra charge for boat/dock). Go and try it. You won't regret it
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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I checked out the Chesapeake on TripAdvisor.com. If you mean the hotel at 83409 Overseas Highway, it gets some pretty good reviews until recently... then things turn south with people complaining of rats and unclean rooms. I generally trust TripAdvisor so I don't know what to think. In the Keys hotels can be iffy because of their age. The Chesapeake web site looks nice... what's the THT verdict?
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Thanks Pioneer. Nice Tip.
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Royal Hawaiian Motel/Botel in Marathon @ MM 53. Cool mom and pop place for boats smaller than about 20' or so. Boats are kept right outside a sliding glass door outside your room in a protected canal. They also have a ramp.

La Siesta in Islamaroda @ MM 82 is also great and is a little larger than the Royal Hawaaian and can handle larger boats. Always clean and friendly. They do have a ramp. I haven't been in a couple years, but I think they started charging more fees for docking and use of the ramp.
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I checked out the Chesapeake on TripAdvisor.com. If you mean the hotel at 83409 Overseas Highway, it gets some pretty good reviews until recently... then things turn south with people complaining of rats and unclean rooms. I generally trust TripAdvisor so I don't know what to think. In the Keys hotels can be iffy because of their age. The Chesapeake web site looks nice... what's the THT verdict?
I was just there the first weekend of October and saw nothing like that at all. I'd recommend it for sure. They've got two nice pools, and the Islamorada room serves a nice breakfast in the morning. Saw no rats, but there are several cats that live on the property, perhaps for rat control? A couple years ago, Whale Harbor, which is next door, had a pretty bad fire. Maybe it displaced some rats, lol.
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Good to hear. I will put it on the list. Thanks!
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On Long Key, it is not the luxurious places mentioned above, but for a budget minded fisherman GREAT. In winter they used to put out a floating barrier, to keep the tons of gras off the dock and beach area. Great access to gulf, Atlantic and Gas.
Tell Melinda, Terry sent you,if you do book with her if she is there.
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Check out http://parmersresort.com/ on Little Torch, off the beaten path and away from the crowds of the upper/middle Keys. Close to KW and Looe Key is some of the best diving down there. Also, the backwater is great if it's blowing. Protected docks, very quiet.
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Marathon area:
Bigger boats, bigger $$:
Hawk's Cay.
Tranquility Bay.
More Affordable:
Blue Waters Motel.
Blackfin Resort.
Capt. Pips.
I've stayed at all but tranquility Bay and they all get the job done.
I don't always trust trip adviser for the Keys. Lots of "there's no beach!" and "It's buggy!" and "there were stinky weeds!". Yeah, no sh*t Sherlock.
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Lajolla is also a good place for boats under 35ft...i think they have a ramp or at least one is near by.
There is a nice ramp right up the street at Black Cove Rd. I am not sure if their Dock can accomadate a 35 ft boat though. I would not want to take my Sea Vee in there, much too shallow on approach from either side. But we had no problem with a 27 ft boat.

La Jolla is pretty perfect though. all the rooms are nice with kitchenettes and they have a great rec area by the docks. There is a grill and a tiki hut. Pool is nice too.
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Old 11-02-2012, 07:37 AM   #18
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Smile Florida keys info . . .

Thanks rf and everyone who has responded to this thread. I trust the people on this thread a LOT more than the stuff on the 'net.



Perhaps some additional insights could be added:

I have a 23' bowrider, coming from Columbia, SC. I also will have my wife and family (4 kids age 13 - 19) along for the trip. Years ago, I used to run a 65' scuba charter boat in San Diego, CA and wanted to show my young 'un's a few of the things about the ocean I have been blessed to learn.

Besides the onshore facilities already suggested, could anyone list a few relatively easy snorkeling/spearfishing/fishing spots? Are there any good spots to anchor for the night, set up a tent and sleep?

I am aware of diving at Pennekamp.

Any other suggested locations?

Fair wind and a following sea . . .
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Caribbean Resort Islamorada. Private ramp and marina, great houses.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:27 PM   #20
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I think it would be very beneficial to establish a list of decent boat friendly hotels / lodging in the Florida Keys. When I go to the Keys for a weekend I would really like to have a "go to" list of hotels that are of good quality, reasonable cost, and offer boaters / fishermen the necessary amenities. What I consider boat friendly is;

1. Has a place to keep your boat... trailered or in a slip.
2. Offers adequate security.
3. Has a private ramp, or is near a good public ramp.
4. Has, or is near, proper wash down facilities, fuel, etc.
5. Offers the above access as part of the package, not a separate deal with a nearby marina.

How about starting such a list here?

Thanks to those who have responded. I would like to add a request...

Aside from boat friendly hotels in the Keys, there are a large number of vacation home and condo rentals available that come with boat slips and all the facilities needed to stage, secure, and maintain your boat during a Florida Keys vacation. It would be great if we could add good rental properties available by the night, week, or longer to this list. Many of these are advertised in places like Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO). Can anyone suggest some good ones?
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