With its tin gabled roofs, white picket railings, and French doors that open to the sea, Coconut Beach Resort is, visually, everything you’d want a Key West property to be. And, it has the only natural sand beach. Sure, it has its downside, like being on the quiet end of the island… or is that just another plus?
To be happy here, dish out the money for a one- or two-bedroom. Otherwise, you may get stuck in a tiny, street-view studio.
Clive & Daniel, a renown hospitality design group, recently updated these units. You’ll find a fully updated kitchen with stainless appliances, new floors and all new living, dining, and bedroom furniture that is comfortable and colorful, just like Key West. Guests love the balconies with rockers, pastel painted walls, and high ceilings. All have flat screens and sketchy Wi-Fi.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no elevator, or bell service, so if your room is on the second or third floor, you’ll be dragging your suitcase up the wooden stairs by yourself.
The vanities have been updated, but the style of the bathroom depends on your unit. You’ll either get an updated walk-in glass shower or a tub and shower combo with a simple curtain. Size is OK, nothing notable or memorable.
Bring shampoo and conditioner. They're supplied, but you'll be happier with your own.
Light, bright, and glamorously tropical with a comfortable seating area, serene ocean-inspired artwork, overhead lighting, and glass casement entry doors. It’s inviting and welcoming and a preview of the updated rooms.
Walk in with a good attitude and you should get a good attitude in return. It's as sketchy as the Wi-Fi, so you just never know.
The cobalt-tiled waterfall isn’t even the first thing you notice about this freeform saltwater pool--that’s because the views of the Atlantic are mesmerizing. For an even closer ocean view, get into their in-ground spa. It’s the ideal place to catch sunrise or sunset. Towels are in your room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW You’re on your own here. No poolside food, drink, or service. It’s just you, the sun, and the breeze.
No spa onsite.
No gym onsite.
No onsite dining, however, you’ll get a key that opens the back gate--and that gate leads to Louie’s Backyard. That’s not a person, it’s the name of one of the best restaurants on the island. if you want to grill out, there are a few gas grills by the pool.
No drinking venue onsite, but Louie's backyard has an upstairs bar and it's right next door.
They boast the only 'natural sand beach' in Key West, but it’s only about 20’ in width, and sometimes the seaweed takes over. At low tide, you can walk right down the steps and get your toes in the sand. Just don't expect much.
Even though it’s on the slow (or quiet) side of Key West, you can walk to lots of places in about 15 minutes. Taxi cabs are always available or walk UNtil you’re tired, then flag down a pedi-cab (a human-powered bike/taxi).
Louie’s Backyard (1-minute walk) has a bar and cafe upstairs, and upscale dining downstairs, inside or out. You just haven’t lived till you’ve tried their seafood dishes, even if you have to take out a second mortgage. New York Pasta Garden (12-minute walk) serves up pasta, seafood, Italian favorites, and even BBQ, all in an upscale yet comfortable setting. For a casual lunch or dinner right on Higgs Beach, visit SALUTE! On The Beach (7-minute walk). Soups, salads, and fantastic yellowtail snapper.
Sun-Sun (3-minute walk) is the poolside/oceanfront bar and restaurant at Casa Marina Resort. Walk on over for a key lime colada. Got a craving for sake? Ambrosia (5-minute walk) has a pretty bar with great lighting and fresh sushi. Sloppy Joe’s (10-minute drive) is the sought-out bar in Key West, famous as thee Hemingway haunt. Take a taxi as parking is impossible.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a place to escape to. Spacious one- and two-bedroom accommodations, balconies that overlook the Atlantic, a relaxing pool area, and a location that’s within walking distance to great restaurants.
And, if you’re looking for tranquility, it’s here. You’ll have nothing to do but enjoy the sound of the waves and the rustling palm fronds (translated, that means you’ll have poor Wi-Fi so you won’t be on your devices, and there are no amenities onsite to keep you busy).
But, you have convenient underground parking, lots of watersports nearby, and all the Key West craziness is only a few minutes away.