Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys


Big Pine Key, located in the Lower Keys, is most famous for its local beach, Bahia Honda State Park, which was voted the second most beautiful beach in North America.

Bahia Honda State Park also offers a smaller beach near the concessions called Calusa Beach, which is popular with many of the locals.

Big Pine Key also provides a community park with many things to do including a skate park, tennis courts, bocce and shuffleboard courts, a fitness trail, a baseball field and playground.

Plan your activities around our beaches and parks for a fun and memorable stay.

Big Pine Key

WELCOME TO BIG PINE KEY & THE LOWER KEYS

For those seeking the essence of the Florida Keys, look no further than Big Pine Key, which is rich in nature, rustic beaches and marine life.

Big Pine is home to the protected Key Deer, which roam the pinelands and back roads of the expansive island.

Bicycle, kayak and outdoor enthusiasts can spend an entire day canvasing the area, which offers storybook surroundings.  

Big Pine is extremely inviting to RV travelers and campers, but also offers a wide-range of B&B’s and vacation homes.

Big Pine is the private retreat that so many envision when embarking on a Keys retreat.

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If you've had enough of an overcrowded and weary world, the islands of the Lower Keys are the place for you.

Big Pine Key and the surrounding islands of the Lower Keys is very different from the Upper Keys and Marathon.

Once you cross the Seven Mile Bridge, it's a whole different world. It's your reward for driving this far.


Here, you can snorkel or dive over the Looe Key coral reef, ride a bicycle through Key Deer country, or take a fishing adventure in the back country or troll the deep blue waters beyond the reef.

For a visual introduction to the sights of the Lower Keys, please peruse our iPIX virtual panoramic tours.

For Live Streaming Video and Camera Pan/Tilt/Zoom control, Click Here MORE LOWER KEYS WEBCAMS: Turtle Cam Deer Run Cam Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille Cam Key West Mallory Square Key West Sunset Cam Underwater Bahia Honda Cam

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At the end of the day, you can trade stories with family and friends at one of this area's tiki bars, RV parks, campgrounds, quaint resorts or licensed vacation homes. The Earthy fragrance of mangrove forests and wetlands is never far away.

The Lower Keys begin where the Florida Keys island chain takes a

The best of Big Pine Key is the proximity to the natural environment in which it's set up.

One way to experience the proximity of nature is by camping near the Florida Keys shore line.

Campsites, ocean front, with their attractive scenarios and beaches, just for the anglers and fishing enthusiasts, with the taste for adventure.

There is strong family oriented environment present here with all of the comfort and amenities of modern campsites.

For information go to our Florida Keys camping directory.

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Things to Do in Big Pine Key

“Long ago memories”

Great last minute camping park in the Keys. Had a wonderful time. Two tents boys and girls. Rented a 25 foot boat went ocean fishing one day so worth it. barbecued dinners lunches true camping. one...

“Great spot for camping in the lower keys”

We enjoyed the location of this campground. It's an easy drive down to Key West or up to Islamorada if you want. We loved seeing the deer walk around and enjoyed the live music one night on the..

“Great place for camping in the Florida keys.”

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge has a great camp ground for camping. I went there with my family, we stayed for three night in a rustic camp site. The place has great facilities, very clean and friendly..

Where to eat?

If you are looking for a place to eat the best of pizzas ever baked. Try No Name Pub.

Located in North Watson Blvd. (1.5 miles north US 1) nice residential neighborhood, just before crossing the bridge to No Name Key. (305) 872 9115.

This is a famous restaurant here that has made a difference for the mouthwatering pizza and the bar decoration which is made mainly of plane US currency bills collected over time.

A friendly environment it's felt in the restaurant, so don't be surprised to get a pizza or a beer treat from the locals at No Name Pub.

- See more at: http://www.florida-keys-experience.com/attractions-of-big-pine-key.html#sthash.cOwrufUD.dpuf

The Looe Key Dive Center, Motel and Resort. Mile Marker 27 Overseas Highway, Ramrod Key. (305) 872 2215.

Snorkeling or scuba diving in the coral reefs of the Looe Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The diving center offers instruction, special courses, certification and daily trips to the reefs.

Experience or beginners snorkelers or scuba divers love to dive in the waters of the coral reefs of Looe Key. Plenty of fish and clear waters on a good day.

The sea life is abundant. Expect to see dolphins, turtles, reefs sharks and all the fish of these waters here.

Relax at the Tiki Bar or stay at the Hotel for a totally fulfilling experience.

- See more at: http://www.florida-keys-experience.com/attractions-of-big-pine-key.html#sthash.cOwrufUD.dpuf

The Lower Keys boasts its tranquil beauty and is an area rich in variety and complete in its support facilities and amenities.

Don't miss the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary,

  • The Key Deer Wildlife Refuge,
  • The Bat Tower and
  • The Blue Hole.


There are a variety of motels, resorts, marinas and a feast of restaurants and shopping centers.

The Places of Interest of Big Pine Key.
The Attractions of Big Pine Key, and the Lower Florida Keys.
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Shortly after the famous Seven Mile Bridge. It is a quiet region of small resorts, down-home restaurants, single-family homes, untrammeled wildernesses and rich history.

Elvis jams with a mermaid during the annual Underwater Music Festival at Looe Key.

Tiny Little Duck Key, at mile marker 40 in the upper end of the Lower Keys, boasts Veterans Memorial Park. Its sandy beaches, picnic areas, and pet-friendliness make it a perfect family stop along the famed Overseas Highway.

Just a mile down the road, at mile marker 39, is Ohio Key. It is home to Sunshine Key Camping Resort, which offers a pool, family restaurant and other amenities.

Nearby, you will find Bahia Honda State Park and Recreation Area at mile marker 37. With its white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife, Bahia Honda Key frequently makes the list of most beautiful beaches in America.

Big Pine Key, at mile marker 33, is the main shopping hub of the Lower Keys. Yet, if you prefer solitude, you need only turn onto one of its lovely side roads.

Explore the National Key Deer Refuge, a large expanse of mostly undeveloped pine lands where the diminutive Key Deer live, or venture out to No Name Key.

If you're looking for an off-shore adventure, Big Pine is also the jumping off point for numerous snorkeling and dive charters to Looe Key reef.

Don't forget about the other islands of the Lower Keys. They are famous for their homey resorts, family-oriented neighborhoods and

Easy access to the water. Look for intriguing names such as Summerland Key, Big Torch and Little Torch Keys, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key or Big Coppitt Key.

All are an easy drive to Key West. In fact, the uninhabited Saddlebunch Keys are a network of sandy lagoons and mangrove islands that make the jaunt a memorable one, especially at sunset.

Blue Key Number one snorkeling and diving destination in the Northern Hemsisphere.

( 6" to 6 ‘) National Key Deer Refuge (miniature white tail deer)

The Lower Keys are an oasis in a mad and rushed world. Come visit us.

Come visit Big Pine & the Lower keys. Like all the Keys, you'll find it's rich in history.

The Florida Keys & Key West

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  • Key West is just a short and picturesque drive from Miami, Florida down US-1. The Florida Keys hold a lot of treasures for the traveler.
  • Key Largo, The Dive Capital of the World. A dream vacation, yes, Paradise Has Never Been Easier to Reach
  • The Islands of Marathon in the Florida Keys is home to some of the world's best fishing, diving, and snorkeling as well as wedding and seafood dining destinations!
  • Village of Islands of Islamorada is situated between the saltwater wilderness of Everglades National Park in one direction and North America's only coral barrier reef and the deep blue waters of the Florida Straits in the other.
  • Big PineKey and the Lower Keys The Lower Keys begin where the Florida Keys island chain takes a graceful westerly turn toward the sunset, shortly after the famous Seven Mile Bridge. It is a quiet region of small resorts, down-home restaurants, single-family homes, untrammeled wildernesses and rich history.

Why a Key Deer and Wild Life Refuge Here?

The Key Deer was declared an endangered species in the Lower Florida Keys since the 1950’s. It became obvious that if this little beautiful deer was not protected, it would disappear and be no longer with us.

But is not only Big Pine Key Florida, or the Lower Keys that has implemented strong policies regarding the preservation of its natural environment, and neither is the Key Deer the only creature marked by extinction without our protection.

They are four areas that basically comprise the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges.

  • National Key Deer Refuge.
  • Great White Heron Refuge.
  • Key West.
  • Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

These four refuges are located in different areas of the 150 miles of the Florida Keys, a vast subtropical ecosystem of almost 420 000 acres of land and water.

The National Key Deer Refuge

Located in 25 islands over the Lower Florida Keys is The National Key Deer Refuge, (over 9,200 acres of land) consisting of small and large areas of pine forest, mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks, marine and fresh water wetlands.

Because the Key Deer population it's still under the thread of extinction from the human strong interaction and civilization impact, this species is listed as endangered and protected.

The refuge visitor center in the Big Pine Key Town Plaza and Shopping Center gives you all the information needed about the refuge. They have maps and brochures to offer the visitors.

You are also welcome to hike the wildlife trails, and to visit other attractions in the Big Pine and the nearby areas, Cudjoe Key, Upper and Lower Sugarloaf Keys, like the Blue Hole where you find other wildlife, turtles, birds, alligators and the deer.

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Here are other things of interest in town....

What is the Blue Hole?

Since we are captivated by Big Pine Key Florida's air of raw nature we will like to explore the wild life with more detail, and for this reason we got to the place called the Blue Hole.


The Blue Hole of Big Pine Key is nothing more than an abandon open mine of excavation from which rock was carved out during the times of the construction of the Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad.

Now the hole is full of fresh water that is used by the wild life living in this area.

Birds, Turtles, Alligators. Iguanas and the Key Deer.The Blue Hole is located in the side of Key Deer Rd pass Country Road the road and Higgs Rd on the left hand side as you drive away from Big Pine Key Shopping Center and Winn Dixie Plaza.

The Attractions of Big Pine Key, and the Lower Florida Keys

Unusual phenomena of Mother Nature takes place.

In this captivating area of the Florida Keys, every day, in the evenings and early mornings a very unusual phenomena of Mother Nature takes place.

More precisely, at dusk and down the lovely Key Deer of the Lower Keys can be seen roaming around the town's side streets, at the neighborhoods houses fronts and back yards.

And almost everywhere there is grass or tender vegetation, plants and flowers that they consume.

The key deer does not fear the proximity of humans like other species do, sometimes we can even touch the younger ones and some people feeds them by hand ( practice not recommended because the deer often sickens after consuming other foods not of its natural habitat)National Key Deer Refuge Information.

You can go anywhere around the main roads of Big Pine. Key Deer Blvd...Wilder Rd...Watson Blvd or the near No Name Key and see deer’s on the road side, crossing or in the middle of the streets, reason why is recommended to drive careful and slow around

Best of private resorts.

The private resort of "Little Palm Island" is a perfect place for Honeymooners, couples and anyone else who want to spend time away from the modern world, and is located in the Little Torch Key section of the Lower Keys, neighboring Big Pine Key.

The island is only accessible by boat. You could visit the resort by just making a reservation for a lunch at the restaurant or stay inn for a vacation of a life time.

Resort's information & management:Little Palm Island Resort28500 Overseas Highway.Little Torch Key. FL 33042(305) 872 2524

Camping on a natural environment.

The best of Big Pine Key is the proximity to the natural environment in which it's set up.

One way to experience the proximity of nature is by camping near the Florida Keys shore line.

Campsites, ocean front, with their attractive scenarios and beaches, just for the anglers and fishing enthusiasts, with the taste for adventure.

There is strong family oriented environment present here with all of the comfort and amenities of modern campsites.For information go to our Florida Keys camping directory.

No Name Pub?...You Found It!

Where to eat?

If you are looking for a place to eat the best of pizzas ever baked. Try No Name Pub.Located in North Watson Blvd. (1.5 miles north US 1) nice residential neighborhood, just before crossing the bridge to No Name Key. (305) 872 9115.

This is a famous restaurant here that has made a difference for the mouthwatering pizza and the bar decoration which is made mainly of plane US currency bills collected over time.

A friendly environment it's felt in the restaurant, so don't be surprised to get a pizza or a beer treat from the locals at No Name Pub.

- See more at: http://www.florida-keys-experience.com/attractions-of-big-pine-key.html#sthash.cOwrufUD.dpuf

Snorkeling and diving adventures at Looe Key's Reef.

The Blue Hole is an attraction on the island of Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys.The Blue Hole is an attraction on the island of Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. It is an abandoned rock quarry that was used for nearby road fills and Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad.[1] The water it contains is mostly fresh and is used by various wildlife in the area, such as birds, snakes, alligators, key deer and green iguanas. It is part of the National Key Deer Refuge.

The Looe Key Dive Center, Motel and Resort. Mile Marker 27 Overseas Highway, Ramrod Key. (305) 872 2215.

Snorkeling or scuba diving in the coral reefs of the Looe Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

The diving center offers instruction, special courses, certification and daily trips to the reefs.

Experience or beginners snorkelers or scuba divers love to dive in the waters of the coral reefs of Looe Key.

Plenty of fish and clear waters on a good day.The sea life is abundant. Expect to see dolphins, turtles, reefs sharks and all the fish of these waters here.

Relax at the Tiki Bar or stay at the Hotel for a totally fulfilling experience.

And finally something that many regard as a rarity of this world is the Bat Tower.

What is the Bat Tower?

It's a weird, unusual and strange structure in the middle of nowhere.

Said to have supernatural powers by some superstitious locals and visitors.

The Tower in fact could be used on the setting of a mystery Hollywood movie. It has this eerie look and is standing there. But what exactly is the Bat Tower of Sugar Loaf?

It was the creation of a prominent local business man with the idea of controlling the mosquito population in the Lower Keys.

The idea was that the Tower would serve as permanent residence for thousands of bats that in turn would eat the already obese mosquitos.

But for some reason the bats apparently disliked their new residence and flow away with destination unknown.

Now the Bat Tower is considered a historic site and can be found on the side road departing from US 1 on Mile Marker 17. The road next to the Skydive Key West sing.

As you can see Big Pine Key Florida has a good chance of being in the list of the must to be inn destinations in the Florida Keys!


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