Find Serenity and Adventure on Big Pine Key and Florida’s Lower Keys

Discover Everything These Amazing Islands Have to Offer

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Looking for an escape that offers plenty of warmth and sunshine? Need to add a little adventure to your life? Ready for a tropical destination that doesn’t require a passport? Big Pine Key and Florida’s Lower Keys have you covered, with access to two national wildlife refuges, a massive national marine sanctuary, excellent dining, and a whole lot more.

The area designated as the Lower Keys begins at the iconic Seven Mile Bridge, located at mile marker 40 along the famous US Route 1. The string of islands stretches from Sunshine Key to Stock Island, occupying a slice of heaven that falls between Marathon and Key West. In between are miles of pristine shoreline, crystal clear waters, and countless palm trees that beckon travelers to slow down, take in the scenery, and stay awhile.

Big Pine Key and Florida's Lower Keys

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Big Pine Key is the largest of the Lower Keys, making it a great place to set up camp for your visit or just wander in for the day. RVers can park their rigs at the excellent Big Pine Key Resort and enjoy delicious food at restaurants like the No Name Pub and Big Pine Rooster. The island is also home to the National Key Deer Refuge, offering visitors the rare chance to spot the elusive Key deer, the tiny deer subspecies found only in the Lower Keys.

Travelers looking for an active day out should plan a visit to Bahia Honda Key, home to Bahia Honda State Park. Wild and largely untouched, the park features hiking trails, beach swimming and snorkeling, tent camping, wildlife watching, and opportunities to explore the turquoise waters by kayak or boat. After dark, it becomes a haven for stargazers, too, offering an awe-inspiring view of the sky far from the bright lights of the city.

Big Pine Key and Florida's Lower Keys

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Other Lower Keys attractions include Stock Island—a working fishing village with a surprisingly trendy vibe—and the Blue Hole Observation Platform, where you can spot alligators, turtles, and Key deer. Scuba divers and snorkelers will love Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, while anglers will find ample opportunities to wander further from shore on a deep-sea fishing excursion.

Whether you’re looking for a grand outdoor adventure or just plenty of rest and relaxation, the region has plenty to offer. Start planning your escape to paradise today at the official Big Pine Key and Florida’s Lower Keys website.

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