Where to Stay in the Florida Keys

Lodging Ideas

Driving through the Keys, I saw lots of interesting looking places to stay as well as some places that didn't look like anyplace I'd like to stay. On the way back up the Overseas Highway on my way home, I made a list of places that caught my eye. These are places that I think are worth a closer look. If you are considering a vacation in the Florida Keys and are looking for a non-chain hotel / motel / resort or cottage, this list is a good place to start.


Keep in mind that even though many resorts advertise their own "private beach," don't expect much. If you want a beach vacation, pick somewhere else in Florida besides the Florida Keys. If you really have your heart set on the Keys, plan to get lodging near one of the great public beaches I've reviewed on this site, such as Bahia Honda State Park beaches, Sombrero Beach, or Smather's Beach. As I've said before, the Keys are focused on fishing, boating, and diving, and many of the resorts cater to fishermen, boaters, and divers.

Places I've stayed - my reviews

Atlantic Bay Resort - Key Largo

Albury Court - Key West

Blackfin Resort - Marathon

Other Ideas:

The Gardens Hotel, Key West - Absolutely THE place to stay. Not cheap.

The Barnacle Bed & Breakfast - Oceanside near MM 33
1557 Long Beach Dr., Big Pine Key, FL

Seashell Beach Resort - Oceanside at Mile Marker (MM) 57.5
Seashell Resort TripAdvisor reviews.

Rainbow Bend Resort - Oceanside at MM 58. Marathon.

Flamingo Motel - Bayside motel at MM 59. For the budget traveler.

Hawks Cay Resort - Oceanside and Bayside at MM 61 on Duck Key. Luxury and seclusion.

Conch Key Cottages Resort - Bayside at MM 62.

Shady Palm Villas - Oceanside at MM 77
76777 US Hwy 1, Islamorada, FL 33036. 305.664.8389
For the budget traveler.

Kon Tiki Resort - Bayside at MM 81

Islander Resort - Oceanside 82100 Overseas Highway. Islamorada. Very nice.
Less expensive than it looks.

Lo Jolla Resort - Bayside at MM 82. Islamorada