Fodor's Expert Review Coconut Palm Inn
MM 92 BS, 198 Harborview Dr., via Jo-Jean Way off Overseas Hwy., Tavernier, Florida 33070, United States See on Map
Aptly described as a beachfront hideaway, this quiet property on the southern tip of Key Largo is nestled amid homes, with the Florida Bay as its backyard. It’s the kind of place where you can relax your days away in a custom Adirondack by the water, enjoy nightly s’mores at the firepit with the owner, and play giant Jenga under the palms.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There’s a modest resort fee of $18, which is peanuts by Keys’ standards, and it includes continental breakfast under the chickee and use of kayaks, bikes, and paddleboards.
Room or suite, most have private balconies or porches overlooking the water and each offers lots of little extras, like a coffee maker (with coffee) and free WiFi. Décor is refined tropical, with Tommy Bahama-style furnishings.
The bottom floor suites with screened in patios are perfect for privacy and bug-free evenings.
Updated baths have walk-in showers with curtains, neutral, modern tile and a small basket of toiletries.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bathrooms are on the small side and there is no room to spread out all your bathroom necessities.
The office is kind of hidden, and small, so look for the signage on the right side of the property. It’s also where you can get bagged ice for no charge and your complimentary rum punch (!!!) on arrival.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The offices closes around dinner time, so be sure you have what you need before then. Otherwise, you're on your own, pal.
It’s idyllic with soaring palms, views of the bay, bright blue umbrellas and beige loungers. The deck isn’t huge but the manicured foliage frames the freshwater, heated pool beautifully.
Pool towels are provided in your room.
No onsite dining, but you’ll enjoy complimentary bagels, pastries, cereals, and juices under the waterfront chickee hut each morning, and s’mores each evening.
Complimentary wine is offered around 7p.m. each evening.
You can tell that great care has been taken to make this resort a stand-out among the others. White picket fences with palm tree cut-outs, trimmed exotic trees and florals, a 400’ beach area, two long docks, and lots of quality seating.
Driving your own car is your best bet. Key Largo is huge and if you’re going to explore other areas of the Keys, you’ll need wheels. Taxis and Ubers are available if you’re heading out to bar hop.
For seafood with an Italian flare, Old Tavernier Town (4-minute drive) is casual and the chef’s daily specials are good. Craig’s (5-minute drive) is great for lunch or dinner and their fish sandwich is famous enough to advertise on billboards. Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen (6-minutes) has no view but who cares with food this good. Prime rib night is legendary with locals as is their "key lime freeze."
Smokers can light up at Dillon’s Pub & Grill (4-minute drive). If you can get past the smoke, it’s a fun hangout with TVs and good wings. Snook’s Bayside (11-minute drive) has fabulous bay views (just like at your resort) and a nice open-air bar under a huge Tiki. You can also sit right along the water. Mrs. Mac’s 2 (10-minute drive) is the full-liquor version of the original restaurant, with a large bar that takes up all the center space. It’s also air-conditioned--a welcome respite in summer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The exclusivity of its location is a definite plus--it makes you feel like you’re staying in your own beachfront paradise. We also love the picturesque grounds and the numerous perks like happy hour at 7 p.m. and s’mores at 8 p.m. It’s those thoughtful touches that set Coconut Palm Inn apart. While it is a smaller resort, you won’t long for anything, especially if you're just looking to relax. And if you think it’s gorgeous in the daytime, just wait until you see it at night. The fire pit is blazing, white lights twinkle between the trees, and that glowing sunset will knock your flip flops off! Paradise found.