Big Pine Key & the Lower Florida Keys travel guide to attractions, fishing, diving and accommodations. | Site Map
The Florida keys travel guide

Florida Keys Home : Advertise with us
Key West Big Pine Key Marathon Islamorada Key Largo
The last resort, eclectic and wild Relax in the Lower Florida Keys The Heart of the Florida Keys Sportfishing is our specialty Discover our underwater world
Lodging Search

Big Pine Key Vacation Planning - Lower Florida Keys

Lower Keys Map
Interactive Map of the Lower Keys

One might say that there’s not much going on between the Seven Mile Bridge and Key West, but that’s just the way the Big Pine Key residents like it. This 30-mile expanse is arguably the most spectacular stretch in the lower Florida Keys. Between Key West and Marathon there are no shopping malls, no fast food restaurants, few buildings, few accommodations; but here you will find plenty of water. To the north is the Gulf of Mexico, and to the south, the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish between the sea and the sky.

There is a jewel of a beach in Bahia Honda State Park. It has been mentioned at times in important travel magazines as being one of the most beautiful in the world. Here you will find fantastic sandy beaches, as well as marina, and RV and camping facilities. This natural preserve also boasts many indigenous plants and flowers that grow almost nowhere else in the world. The old Bahia Honda Bridge is there for you to photograph; just look to the south toward the Atlantic as you pass by the State Park.

As you approach Big Pine Key, you will notice that the speed limit drops to 35 mph. This is not to protect the resident humans, but the endangered Key Deer. A slow drive into the neighborhoods on the north side of the island will make it almost a sure bet that you will see some of these tiny creatures. Don’t feed the deer, however; it’s against the law!

Big Pine Key is also home to several shops that host dive and snorkel trips, daytime and nighttime, to Looe Key Marine Sanctuary, part of the reef system that runs along the length of the Florida Keys.

As you approach Cudjoe Key, look to the skies in the north and you should spot a huge radar blimp affectionately known as Fat Albert. There are actually two of them, and they take turns guarding the Keys from 1,400 feet up. Fat Albert can actually be seen from miles away in either direction.

At Sugarloaf Key, you will find a small airport where you can charter a plane ride or arrange some skydiving. You can also visit one of the strangest landmarks you will find in the lower Florida Keys, the Bat Tower.

Boca Chica is the location of the Naval Air Station Key West (NAS Key West). This is the last major landmark you will see before you enter Key West. Commissioned in 1917, the Naval Air Station was built here when Navy research found it to have the most days of perfect flying weather of anywhere in the country.

We invite you to use the resources here at to plan your next Big Pine Key and Lower Keys vacation. starfish

Plan your Lower Keys or Big Pine Key vacation here
Lower Keys accommodations Accommodations
Lower Keys attractions Attractions & Things To Do
Lower Keys calendar of events Calendar of Events
Lower Keys Sightseeing Sightseeing
Lower Keys diving and snorkeling Diving / Snorkeling
Getting to the Lower Keys Getting to the Lower Keys
Getting around the Lower Keys Getting around
Lower Keys fishing guides and charters Fishing Guides & Charters
Lower Keys weddings Weddings in the Lower Keys
Lower Keys boating and marinas Lower Keys Boating & Marinas
Big Pine Key and Lower Keys real estate Big Pine & Lower Keys Real Estate
Lower Keys shopping Shopping
Salons, Spas & Fitness
Lower Keys restaurants and bars Restaurants & Bars
Florida Keys web cams Florida Keys Web Cams
Lower Keys services Services & Associations
Florida keys news Florida Keys News
Lower Keys weather Weather and Climate
Lower Keys maps Map of the Lower Keys
Florida keys accommodations Send A Florida Keys Postcard
Florida keys accommodations Florida Keys E-Newsletters
Florida keys deals Keys Coupons
Lower Keys travel
Big Pine Key guide to travel and attractions
Florida Keys map

Big Pine Key vacation

Sign up to receive hot Key West travel offers and information. Florida Keys

Big Pine Key travel

Lower Florida Keys - Big Pine Key, Little Torch, Ramrod, Cudjoe, Sugarloaf Key, Key Haven
Lower Keys Home | Accommodations | Lower Keys Attractions | Fishing Charters | Diving & Snorkeling | Boating & Marinas | Real Estate
Getting Here | Getting Around | Map of the Lower Keys | Florida Keys Web Cams | Restaurants & Bars | Weddings | Services | Shopping | News

Florida Keys guide of travel and attractions
The Florida Keys travel guide offering information on things to do, accommodations and attractions in the Florida Keys.
Key West : Big Pine & the Lower Florida Keys : Marathon : Islamorada : Key Largo

visit the TDC

This site created and maintained by © 2005 All Rights Reserved. | Design and Hosting
Privacy Policy accepts no liability with regard to the accuracy of the information on this site. Visitors to the site are advised to double check information such as dates, times, and prices.

Other Helpful Resources: Key West Paradise | Discover Key West | Florida Keys Real Estate Network | Keys News | Gay Key West FL | Florida Keys Webcams