by Terry Ward
Located near Tarpon Bay, the Kona Kai Motel offers the largest freshwater pool on the island. The hotel has several room options, ranging from one queen bed to two queens with two twins, and a kitchenette. There are also separate Tiki Cottages perfect for couples. All rooms come with an outdoor seating area. Guests can take advantage of the barbeque grills and covered outdoor seating, as well as the outdoor pool, onsite laundry service and free high-speed Wi-Fi.
The hotel is within walking distance of several restaurants, bike rental shops and a grocery store. The beach is less than a mile away, and you can borrow chairs and umbrellas from the hotel. The location is ideal for watersports like kayaking, boating, swimming and fishing, as well as biking and shopping.
Our Editor Loves
- Gas grills and outdoor seating area
- Located directly on bike path
- Separate cottages
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
Right from the start we were greeted by a friendly informative employee. Brenda in the office was so nice and accommodating. We stayed in the Tiki and it was a very quant little bungalow.The room smelled great and you could fish right from the dock in the back. The pool was very refreshing. October is a great time to go to the island, mostly locals and not crowded. The only issue was the ac in the room, it has a light on it that is like a neon light shining in your eyes while you are trying to sleep. A piece of tape took care of that.
This is a great place to stay especially for the truly amazing Florida wildlife on the doorstep. Although there are no staff overnight we found Kristen responsive and helpful in the middle of the night when we had an a/c problem. It has a distinct tropical flavour which may not be to everybody’s taste, but was one of the nicest places we stayed in a 6 week trip around the US. Nice pool and some great touches – such as beach chairs and umbrellas which you can borrow for beach trips.