Fodor's Expert Review Ragged Edge Resort

MM 86.5 OS, 243 Treasure Harbor Rd., Islamorada, Florida 33036, USA See on Map

Jill Martin

It’s BYOB (bring your own boat) at this peaceful resort perched on the edge of the Atlantic in a residential neighborhood. It has its own harbor, an oceanfront pool, an observation deck for spectacular views and the rooms are clean and comfortable. Who cares if the interiors look like they’re right out of That 70s Show when every room has an ocean view? You just have to find it.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There is no resort fee but if you bring a boat, it’s $30 a day to keep it in their harbor.


Formica and wood paneling are all the rage in these cottage-style units that range from small motel rooms to a spacious 2/2. Beautiful, high wooden ceilings are upstairs, but first floor rooms have the bonus of a screened patio and a plastic table and chairs set (perfect for the Keys). Old School kitchens have newer backsplashes and are stocked with a coffee maker (no coffee!) and a toaster, but no microwave. Bed spreads are older. A/C blows cold. Small flat screen gets cable. Wi-Fi works OK.

If you love the outdoors but loathe bugs, get a room (like 2D) nearest the water with a screened patio. The breezes are outstanding and you’ll save yourself from bug bites.


Recently updated, the bathrooms are not only a nice size, but have new beige tile and many have updated lighting. Solid door provides privacy. Counter space is limited but you can put your stuff under the vanity.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Bring your own toiletry items, none are provided.


On the ground level, you can’t miss the signage asking you to stop in the office. It’s plain with a counter as soon as you walk in the door. Everyone in your party will want to run to the water while you check in; the views are intoxicating.


Heated in the winter, this freshwater pool is directly on the Atlantic. Oh, that breeze! Oh, that view! There’s also a covered area providing shade, tables, and chairs. Bright yellow loungers are set around the edge (the kind with plastic straps).

YOU SHOULD KNOW Pool closes at dark. Don’t say you didn’t know, the sign is huge.


No onsite spa.


No onsite gym.


No onsite dining but there are charcoal BBQ grills.


No onsite venue to buy drinks but you're welcome to bring your own.


Nice pool, lots of coconut palms, a shuffleboard court, fishing pier, harbor for boats, and a two-story observation tower/sun deck with picnic tables underneath in the shade and postcard views from the top. Green, grassy area is perfect for letting the kids run around and there’s laundry facilities on site. The property is well designed, giving everyone a view.

Wake up to photograph sunrise. You won’t regret it.


Getting Around

You can borrow their cruiser bikes and pedal your way to a few shops like The Rain Barrel, and restaurants like Puerto Vallarta, but overall, take your car to escape the heat and summertime bugs.


Bayside Gourmet (8-minute drive) might become your new favorite place for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Sit inside or on their patio, and try the Grouper Reuben. Smuggler’s Cove (4-minute drive) is right on Snake Creek and is a casual, happening place for lunch or dinner. Live music and good seafood dishes keep locals coming back. For a taste of fine dining, try Marker 88 (4-minute drive). Great prime rib, seafood, cocktails, and a sunset view.


If you like to shoot pool and eat fish sandwiches, visit Hog Heaven Sports Bar & Grill (5-minute drive). Sit inside or outside on the water. Holiday Isle’s World Famous Tiki Bar (8-minute drive) is where the rumrunner was born. It’s a must-do, at least once. The Harbor Bar at Whale Harbor (8-minute drive) is just across the bridge from Holiday Isle. Go around 4pm when the charter boats return. Watch them hang their catch then head up the stairs for a beer at the open-air bar. (They recently re-opened their famous seafood buffet, too, now called The Sandbar.)


If you’re into thread counts and prefer to hob knob while wearing Lilly Pulitzer, this isn’t the place for you. This is the kind of place where you sip your rum and coke from your Tervis tumbler, while wearing your t-shirt and shorts.

It's the kind of place where you'll spend time outdoors. Fish from your boat, or at the dock. Do some swimming or sunbathing. Walk the grounds, ride a bike. And when you return to your room, you’ll feel comfortably at home. We love that.


Residential Area
Local Flavor


Phones: 305-852–5389;800-436–2023

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