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Curtis Johnson posted 10-28-2003 09:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for Curtis Johnson   Send Email to Curtis Johnson  
Anyone know of a motel they could recommend with a dock in the keys? Any chance of reasonable rates would be appreciated. Thanks Curtis
cmarques posted 10-28-2003 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Where do you want to go in the Keys?
We stayed this past June in Marathon at the Royal Blue Hawaiian- not the Ritz but o.k. to sleep, fish and drink. It is right at Vaca Cut in Marathon less than 5 minutes to wide open ocean. It has an onsite ramp and free dockage with the rooms. They ran I think $99 a night and we stayed for 3 nights. Kept my Dauntless 160 and a friend's Bertram 20 there. There are only 8-9 rooms and book up fast. My neighbor is going to Key West next weekend with his Velocity CC and staying in a place also with dockage- I will ask him where if I see him tomorrow. I priced several places in Marathon and some never answered back and some were over $100 then extra for boat.
This place was nice and clean-had room to park trucks and trailers, ramp and dock right outside room door. Five of the rooms were all from Orlando and everyone met outside at night to grill and BS about the days fishing.
Curtis Johnson posted 10-28-2003 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Curtis Johnson  Send Email to Curtis Johnson     
That may work- thanks. Is there a beach the kids could swim on close by? Thanks again, Curtis
cmarques posted 10-28-2003 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Not sure about the beaches. If taking the family make sure it's the type of place they will be happy in. Fifties type place with kitchenettes etc. I sort of remember on the channel markers going out of Vaca Cut maybe a beach on the left (atlantic side) not sure if public or private as many condos in area? My friend's brother stayed a few miles away in a house with the whole family and did lots of snorkeling at Sombrero (sort of a radio tower a few miles out) They usually go every year and I can try to get you some more info.


whalerpoor posted 10-29-2003 08:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerpoor  Send Email to whalerpoor     
You will first need to decide what part of the keys you are interested in - there is a huge variation from end to end.

There are several on Islamorada. The one that immediately comes to mind is Holiday Isle. They have a beach area and swimming pool, both of which are available for public use. They have dock space as well but I don't care for the way they charge you for it.

If you can wait until nexxt week I will be able to get a couple other ideas for you in the same area that will be better.

jws posted 10-29-2003 08:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for jws  Send Email to jws     
Parmer's Resort, Little Torch Key, 305-872-2157. In the lower Keys. Past the 7 mile bridge and all the weekend Miami crowd. Nice family style place. They did have some units with kitchens. Protected boat docking and access to either Gulf of M. or Atlantic. Also way off busy US 1. No "nightlife" or "fast food" in this area. 28 miles to Key West if you need that sort of thing. Everything else you need for a good time is very close, grocery store, drugstore, mom and pop restaurants, gas, bait, dive shops, everything but nightlife and fast food. Looe Key, one of the best dive/snorkel sites in the world is 7 miles offshore. One of the best beaches in Florida is also very close by. It is at Bahia Honda State Recreation area. There is a fee to get in via auto off US highway #1 but you can go via water in your Whaler for free. "Beaches" in the Keys are rare. Out coastline is mostly rocky with mangroves, not the sandy beaches many think of as a "beach".

The Holiday Isle resort in Islamorada is not a place I would stay. Big Miami weekend crowds with a "party" type atmosphere. High prices. Have everything on your boat secure from theft. It also has a large fleet of charter sportfisherman boats. It is well know for a long sandbar on the channel going out to the Atlantic. Plenty of problems there especially on weekends when Miami crowd is present. An anything goes type mentality, topless women, drinking, fights. What many call "having fun". The resort, I think, attracts people who may enjoy that type of atmosphere. Not what I consider a family type atmosphere but of course each to his own. Also lots of coverage in local papers about "problems" on the sandbar and ways for Sheriffs to patrol and control it.

I have no connection with Parmer's resort but have had many friends with boats stay there over the years. Not a fancy style resort but a great family place for boaters. Our season here is the winter, higher rates and more people. Sept. Oct are probably the two quitest times. The Keys are not cheap compared to many areas but still affordable for many. Beware if you come in the winter. Sometimes the wind will blow for weeks on end, making boating limited to protected waters. Still my favorite time to fish. I've lived in the area since 1983 and am not involved in any tourist related business.

jws posted 10-29-2003 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jws  Send Email to jws     
Forgot to mention. Before you do any fishing or collecting of any marine life you need to be aware of local regulations and there are many. Every bait shop has pamphlets put out by the state with the regs, they're free and available so there are no excuses. If you don't know fish species better also get a fish ID book. Make sure your required safety equipment is up to date also. Your chances of getting checked here are pretty high.

tbyrne posted 10-29-2003 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
Coral Lagoon in Marathon was terrific when we last stayed there (around 1996)! No beach, but a pool, dock (canal) and dive shop. Highly recommended!
4whaler posted 10-29-2003 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for 4whaler  Send Email to 4whaler     
Concur with Parmer's Resort, on Little Torch Key, we stay there everytime I go down to dive Looe Key. Have one bed room room's to 6 bed room house available in complex. They just keep buying their neighbors houses when they sell and add to the property. Low speed, laid back, 50s style but nice folks, with ramp and dock. nice pool. The Bahia Honda beach is the best there is for the middle keys and is part of the Florida Park system. Get a set of charts for the waters there though, lots of shallow spots and you need to know where they are if you get out of the channels around the keys. No problem once in open waters though, except don't anchor on the reef (Looe) you'll get a big fine. There are plenty of tie off bouys, the snorkeling and diving are the best in Florida on it.
aubv posted 10-29-2003 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

There is place in Islamorada called The Chesapeake Resort. I've stayed there a number of times. Has two pools, hot tub, beach, washer/dryers, lagoon with docking(need fenders) a floating dock to swim out to, and a small ramp. Lagoon has lots of sea life. Haven't been there for a couple of years but the place is pretty quite with an occasional football weekend crowd. Quite picturesque and very clean. Accomadations range from hotel rooms facing garden, ocean front suites and seperate bungalows. If you stay in the area go to Manny and Isa's for lunch and diner and lunch and diner and......don't let the size of the place fool you.


Curtis Johnson posted 10-29-2003 07:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Curtis Johnson  Send Email to Curtis Johnson     
What a wealth of knowledge here! Thanks to all, and especially to Jim H for making all this happen. I've still got to pin my wife down on exactly where she wants to stay and what she wants (me) to do :) I'll keep checking.
PMUCCIOLO posted 10-29-2003 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for PMUCCIOLO  Send Email to PMUCCIOLO     
Little Palm Island
Bob Zollo posted 10-29-2003 08:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bob Zollo  Send Email to Bob Zollo     
Look at this web site Old wooden brige near grassy key
Kingsteven18 posted 10-29-2003 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kingsteven18  Send Email to Kingsteven18     
I used to enjoy The Chesapeake Resort as well. It's right next to Holiday Isle but much quieter.
KeysNole posted 10-29-2003 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
I rent out both of my homes in the Keys on a weekly basis. Both are in Marathon, and one is actually four homes away from the Hawaiian Botel that cmarques mentioned. If you would be interested in any more information just shoot me an email at
cmarques posted 10-29-2003 10:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for cmarques  Send Email to cmarques     
Was that your Outrage hanging out back?
Swellmonster posted 10-30-2003 06:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
Just in case you have a few moments.......

Lodging – Key Largo

Coconut Palm Inn -

Ed & Ellen’s -

Sunset Cove Beach Resort -

Tarpon Flats Inn -

Lodging – Islamorada/Tavernier

Tavernier Hotel -

Cheeca Lodge -

White Gate Court Resort -

Look Out Lodge -

Sands of Islamorada -

Coral Bay Resort -

Days Inn -

Hampton Inn -

Holiday Isle -

Key Lantern -

Kon Tiki -

Ragged Edge Motel -

Sands of Islamorada -

Lodging – Marathon

Rainbow Bend -

Capt Pip’s -

Yellowtail Inn –

Blue Waters Motel -

Fiesta Key KOA -

Lodging - Big Pine/Sugarloaf

Sugar Loaf Lodge -

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge -

Barnacle Bed and Breakfast -

Old Wooden Bridge Fish Camp -

Lodging - Key West

Crowne Plaza -

Southernmost Hotel -


Sugarloaf KOA -

Fiesta Key KOA -

Dry Tortugas National Park - http://www.dry.tortugas.nation...g.htm

Sunshine Key Encore Campground -

Long Key State Park - http://www.floridastateparks.o...t.asp

Bahia Honda State Park - http://www.floridastateparks.o...t.asp

John Pennekamp State Park - http://www.floridastateparks.o...t.asp

Knights Key Campground -


Environmental Links

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary -
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge -
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge -
Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge -
Key West National Wildlife Refuge -
Everglades National Park -
Dry Tortugas National Park -
John C. Pennekamp State Park -
Bahia Honda State Park -
Reef Relief -
Clean Florida Keys -
Center for Coastal Ecosystem Health -
University of Miami: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences -
Mote Marine Laboratory (Sarasota, Summerland Key) -
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail -
Florida Keys Lobster Information -

Chambers of Commerce

Key West Chamber Of Commerce -
Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce -
Marathon Chamber of Commerce -
Islamorada Chamber of Commerce -
Key Largo Chamber of Commerce -

Good places to eat?

Boat Rentals

Boat Ramps

Fishing and Lobster Regulations

Weather and Ocean Conditions

Bridge listing

Marina Listing

Recommended Fishing Charters


Upper Keys - Key Largo/Tavernier/Islamorada

Snapshot Charters -

Yabba Dabba Do - Steve Leopold
Gotcha - Mel Walker
Genisis - Curt Deuel
Blue Chip Too - Skip Bradeen
Kalex - Alex Adler
Catch 22 - Scott Stanczyk
Man O War Charters -

Middle Keys

Key West/Lower Keys

Capt. Bill Welder -

Capt Steve -

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Islamorada Hump?

The Islamorada Hump is located approximately 12 miles from Whale Harbor or Snake Creek Channel (Closer to Tavernier Creek)
It sits in approximately 600' of water and rises to about 400'. The location is:
GPS 24-48.175' N, 80-26.674'W

Where are the Marathon Humps?

409 Hump GPS: 24-35.5' N; 80-35.5' WLoran: 14064.6; 43311.8Depth: 409 ft
Marathon Hump (West Hump)GPS: 24-25.528' N; 80-45.328' WLoran: 14032.3; 43358.5Depth: 516 ft.

Where can I wade fish in the Keys?


How wide of a boat trailer can I tow thru the Keys?


Key West beaches?


What's the best way to catch a dolphin?


Indian Key fill ramp?


Family Guide to the keys.

General Links

Swellmonster posted 10-30-2003 06:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for Swellmonster  Send Email to Swellmonster     
A special thanks to the "Dr. Matt" for the above long post.
Thank goodness for cut and paste!
jstachowiak posted 10-30-2003 09:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Missed one, Islamorada MM81.5 Chesapeake resort on the Ocean side but 1/4 mile from bridge to bay side. Going for my second stay in April 2004. Beautiful place and resonable rates.

Gene in NC posted 10-30-2003 10:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gene in NC  Send Email to Gene in NC     
Is Papa Joes restaurant still operating on Isla Morada. It was at the S end on the bay side. Had a long board walk out to a gazebo for sunsets. Never forget it. Great spot.
jstachowiak posted 10-30-2003 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Don't know Papa Joe's, but the Bass Pro Shops Worldwide Fisherman has a restaurant right there that is over the water and you can feed the tarpon under the dock. Great food.
KeysNole posted 10-30-2003 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for KeysNole  Send Email to KeysNole     
cmarques, that's not my Outrage. I am actually on the same street as the Hawaiian (121st). We are all on the open water. The Outrage is on 120th, on the canal (but still with a great view).

If you really want to hear something funny, the mansion right next to the Hawaiian is the local plumber. Plumbing must be a darn good business in Marathon.

WMBS posted 10-30-2003 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for WMBS  Send Email to WMBS     
Curtis, my info may be old, but two restaurants, if still there, are worth a try. The Islamorada Fish Company, also at 81.5 has a great outdoor place to eat, and super fresh fish for grilling, etc. It is bay side, i.e. on the right going south. Also the Lorelei on Tavernier Key has great conch fritters, rum tonics for watching for the green flash, and a dance floor. The band I liked listening to, "Big Dick and the Extenders" was great, but no longer playing, according to my last report. Not exactly family fare, at that. SaltWater Sportsman magazine has a classified section with Keys rentals, if none of the help already tendered works out. Wish I was at the Lorelei now. Have a good trip. Mike
mustang7nh posted 04-29-2005 03:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for mustang7nh  Send Email to mustang7nh     
Just wanted to update the info here (April 2005):

Got back from Palmer's Resort (mentioned above). Clean, affordable, nice people. Recommended.

I saw The Chesapeake Resort (just drove in) and it looked like a good choice as well.

RJG posted 04-29-2005 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for RJG  Send Email to RJG     
Try It will tell you all you need to know.
If you are taking kids I would recommend somewhere near Islamorada. The snorkling around Alligator Reef is as good and safe as it gets. A bizillion small snappers fill the water and "ol'snaggle tooth" (barracuda)is always close by. It is a great place for kids.
David Livingstone posted 04-29-2005 09:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Livingstone  Send Email to David Livingstone     
The Blue Waters Motel - in Marathon, close to the 7 Mile Bridge. We stayed there last May. $99/night for a full kitchen, pool and docking. Great folks. Just across the street from the "Tackle Box". Great fishing, 10 mile run to Bahia Honda for Tarpon.


Curtis Johnson posted 04-29-2005 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Curtis Johnson  Send Email to Curtis Johnson     
This must be a time warp. I see no new posts since 2003. John Pennekamp is nice, though.
Curtis Johnson posted 04-29-2005 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Curtis Johnson  Send Email to Curtis Johnson     
OK, I get it, although I don't know why.

The last 5 posts were written on 4-29-05, not '03.

Don't attempt to adjust your set, the Outer Banks Limits have grabbed you by your Mill's Bimini and slung you back two years.

WhalerGoFar posted 04-29-2005 11:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for WhalerGoFar  Send Email to WhalerGoFar     
tbyrne posted 10-29-2003 10:28 AM ET (US)
Coral Lagoon in Marathon was terrific when we last stayed there (around 1996)! No beach, but a pool, dock (canal) and dive shop. Highly recommended!

I second this selection. It is a very nice place and I have been staying there for over 10 years with no complaints.

Just don't be booking your room the same weekend I plan to be there. I need lots of room to turn the 22 Revenge around and wouldn't want to bump your boat. My motto is "Prepare to Ram"...just kidding.

Naples, Fl.

Robob2003 posted 04-30-2005 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Robob2003  Send Email to Robob2003     
I second the Chesapeake recommendation and there are many others with docking or a boat ramp nearby.

Check with the Chamber of Commerce in the area you want to visit. There are a lot of miles between Homestead and Key West.

If you plan to go to the Cheeca Lodge or Little Palm Island TAKE MONEY:-)

Bob on Tampa Bay

nytugcapt posted 04-30-2005 08:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for nytugcapt  Send Email to nytugcapt     
I just got home about an hour ago. The KOA at Fiesta Key on Long Key. We stay in our motorhome , but there are motel type efficiency rooms there. The place is terrific. The marina is great. It is just south of the Channel 5 and Channel 2 bridges at Islamorada. They have a nice beach area for swimming and diving, a heated pool and nice bar and grill on the water. it is very family oriented. We go there 3 times each winter. If you haul the boat out on the boat ramp each night and store it on your trailer, it is free. If you want a slip in the marina, it is $20.00 a night.

Cristinas dad posted 05-01-2005 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cristinas dad  Send Email to Cristinas dad     
Try the Key Colony Resort in Marathon. They have a web site. They have a dock, a grocery store, bait shop restaurants all within walking distance. They have a pool, beach is not the best but only a mile away from the 7 mile bridge and like 8 miles to Bahia Honda. One of the best beachs in the United States.

Prices are reasonable.

Have fun.

Cristinas dad

jimh posted 05-03-2005 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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jimh posted 05-03-2005 12:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Someone revived this 2003 thread, and a glitch in the software displays the date improperly.
gculver posted 07-04-2008 09:53 AM ET (US)     Profile for gculver  Send Email to gculver     
Hey everybody! These are great websites for Florida Keys and Key West information!
lakeman posted 07-05-2008 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
I will jump in here, did not see the Edgewater Lodge on Long Key mentioned. I have stayed here for 30+ years, they got hurt by Wilma and the dock are now to county standards, which are very high. Great place, a mom and pop place, if Melinda is there, tell her Terry sent you. They just recently upgraded the place with wi fi and some other things, here is there web site sorry you will have to copy and paste.

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