The Bayview Inn on Conch Key
FishMonster Magazine is one of the first things you see as you open the entrance door of the Bayview Inn on Conch Key. We have had a relationship with the owners, Cathy and Ed Buxton since our first issue was produced and distributed throughout the Florida Keys. It was a natural fit to include the historic fishing village and hotel within our delivery route and are proud to be there on display. I now have a chance to reciprocate by writing a bit about the authenticity of the Bayview Inn.
One day recently, I met up with Cathy Buxton for a formal tour of hers and her husband Ed’s corner of paradise called the Bayview Inn on Conch Key.
As we started the tour, she led me to her golf cart for the ride around the neighborhood. We had just sat down and started moving when I asked her the first question, “How did you get here?” Cathy explained that the Florida Keys was her favorite place to take her three children on summer vacation ever since they were little. A super-sized natural playground that helped this single mom and teacher of twenty-five years to keep her sanity. They played hard and could always find something to do, so it was simple, beautiful and easy.
It was when Cathy met Ed that the time had arrived to make Conch Key their home. Eleven years ago they purchased the motel and became partners for life.
As we passed the stacked lobster traps, you could hear the nail guns smacking metal through the slats of treated wood making lobster lairs that would allow the commercial fishermen to harvest spiny lobster.
The opening of lobster season was less than a month away and work on the traps would be finished soon. The brightly painted lobster buoys seemed to be stacked on the driveways of every single property we passed, adding a unique side note to an already interesting ride.
On our tour, Cathy would stop in front of each Conch Key property that had a special story. Most of them did. This key is loaded with all types of characters from the past. Sea hags and Wall Street executives, shipwrights, pirates, and the obvious commercial fishermen that steadily produce in the hot July sun. Before we even toured the hotel property we had spent a couple of hours sifting through the rich history.
The hotel is not a five star resort and Cathy and Ed don’t claim it to be. What it is, is a place for people to come with family and friends to enjoy the Florida Keys for all it’s worth at a price that can be absorbed less painfully into a vacation budget.
Dockage, kitchenettes, bay views, a beach, pool, boat ramp and a general store make the location self sufficient just as it would have been back in 1970’s. That’s the simple life people wanted back then and many still crave now. A clean place to get away from the crowds and relax.
New services have been added to the property which include boat, jet ski, paddleboard and kayak rentals plus charter fishing.
The affect is an atmosphere of a pure and authentic Florida Keys resort without the destination resort price tag.
Bayviews are available from most rooms through sliding glass doors that enter a common deck that showcase the morning sunrise. Prevailing east winds keep the grounds comfortable.
Oh yes.....the grounds.
Most of the foliage and ornamental plants were added by the very talented Cathy. The tropical smells from the blooms of many different native plants is striking. She knows what every plant is and has specific reasons for placing each plant species where they are. Everything had been arranged on purpose. The bay front beach is surrounded by blossoms on one side, and the entrance to adventure is on the other. The view is striking and the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean access is perfect for vessels with up to a four foot draft. It takes less than a minute to the open water.
Then there’s the rooms....
Every room on the property is steps away from the pool, beach and bay view with pricing ranging from $119 per night to $189 per night for the full-sized apartment. All rooms are clean and comfortable with various different configurations and themes.
The BayView Inn is a classic Ma and Pa operation in the Florida Keys. Cathy and Ed work the property on a daily basis just like it has been done throughout the keys since the beginning of the island chains tourism history. Dockage rates are $20 per night with plenty of trailer storage available in sight of the Inn.
The Bayview Inn on Conch Key is one location in a series of authentic destination properties for FishMonster Magazine. We believe this property tells the Florida Keys fishing village story well.
Contact the Bay View Inn for reservations at 305-289-1525 or go to
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