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243 Treasure Harbor Road
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 852-5389

Located at Mile Marker 86.5
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The Insiders' Guide - The Florida Keys and Key West
By Victoria Shearer and Michelle Sheldone

On Plantation Key, one sign stood out from the rest for the way it meshed exactly with the theme that was running in my head. It announced that somewhere behind the trees over on the Atlantic side lay the Ragged Edge Motel.

At the end of a long and winding residential road that leads to the ocean, the Ragged Edge is a delightful discovery untouched by modernization and expansion. The majority of guests here return year after year, and some have visited regularly for as many as 20 years.

When guests arrive, they clang a cowbell made from old dive equipment and the personable manager, Jackie Barnes, a former South Dade farmer, comes 'round on his bright red golf cart. Often, he wears a large straw hat and bears a grin that stretches from ear to ear.

The Ragged Edge's property is vast, open and grassy, exposing the majestic waters of Hawk Channel to all who pass through. An elevated freshwater pool, a wooden gazebo and an observation deck offer a spectacular vista. Four two-level buildings of Tahitian-style architecture house motel rooms with refrigerators, efficiencies, large studios with screened patios and two-bedroom, two-bath apartments.

Rooms and efficiencies are small, with two double beds, prefabricated wood furniture and tiled bathrooms with showers. Studios, also with two double beds, are more spacious and modern, with tile floors throughout and full baths. Some studios and efficiencies adjoin.

Rooms, studios and efficiencies at the Ragged Edge accommodate as many as four guests, while apartments sleep up to eight. Sprinkled
throughout the property are out door grills, oceanfront picnic tables and a shuffleboard court. The Ragged Edge supplies bicycles for guests' use. According to Barnes, some of the best bonefishing can be found in nearshore waters off the property's point, and he provides a bait freezer and a homemade cooker for large barbecues. Ragged Edge is boat-accessible.

To reach the Ragged Edge, head oceanside on Treasure Harbor Road near Treasure Village, an arts and crafts complex. As this road curves to the right, you'll see Ragged Edge on the left.
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