Relaxing in the Florida Keys

Ocean Pointe Suites
Tavernier, Florida

Friction Factor = HIGH FRICTION
Value = NOT RECOMMENDED

visited April 2012

Loved the area, disappointed in the hotel

Ocean Pointe Suites
Ocean Pointe Suites

Before heading out on our Royal Caribbean cruise on the Oasis of the Seas, we were joined by two of our adult children to enjoy a couple of days in the Keys to go scuba diving. We wanted a hotel near Key Largo because we went diving with Captain Slate. So after investigating hotels in the area with available rooms, we selected Ocean Pointe Suites in Tavernier key. After reviewing their website we were excited to stay here. The reality turned out to be less than the expectation.

The small ocean bay on hotel property turned out to be knee deep until you get out near the ocean where it may get over your head in places. Stagnant and easily silted, it was not much of a snorkeling adventure.

Ocean Pointe Suites
Ocean Pointe Suites

The room, a three bedroom suite with kitchen, was the next surprise. The floors were so dirty and sticky that our socks turned black on the bottom and had to be thrown away. Accessories like the shower rod and toilet paper holder were so flimsy that normal use caused them to fall to the floor. The tub stopper was non-functional, not that we would have dared to take a bath.

When we return, it will not be to stay at this hotel.

We did make one surprisingly good discovery. We drove an hour or so down the Keys looking for a place where we could watch the sun set on the ocean. There are so many small isles just off shore that this turned out to be a challenge. We finally located a nice spot at the foot of a long bridge with good parking. With some time available, we headed off to find something to eat. Would the Florida Keys be a place where you would expect to find great pizza? We discovered a small family-owned hole-in-the-wall place, Tower of Pizza, MM 81.5 in Islamorada. We ordered pizza, buffalo wings, and key lime pie, then returned to our sunset observation point for a picnic. The food was terrific. An unexpected gem of a find.