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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews

  • cute & comfy cottage !!

    "My husband, daughter, son-in-law & me spent one great week in the Island Sunrise Resort's Cottage unit (the yellow house); I chose this unit because it had such character and we loved the fact that the door opens practically right onto the dock! Michelle was great to work with and was thoughtful enough to stop by the house and turn on some lights when she heard we'd been delayed and would be arriving after dark. The house was well equipped and cared for, the only things we missed and would recommend is some lighting out at the end of the dock and a bait/fish-appropriate freezer for Cottage-renters (I believe the newer home has one). The property is quiet and spacious, perfect for our laid back week. We had morning & evening visits by several Key Deer each day and a manatee visit at the dock on two different days was an exciting surprise! We also saw a squid alongside the dock one night and a lobster just hanging out with the many horseshoe crabs! All in all a great stay at a great home; this location is perfect. We hope to stay again! Thanks again Michelle!!"
    Guest: Dawnmarre Z. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 24, 2015
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  • Perfect

    "Our family met on Big Pine Key for Christmas. This was the perfect house to rendezvous. The canal was perfect for swimming. We did not rent a boat but the dock and deep canal would make a boat docking easy. The neighbors were helpful. The owners were very quick to respond when the AC malfunctioned. There were plenty of towels and sheets. The kitchen is fully stocked: we always found what we needed for cooking. The neighborhood is great. Because we stayed over Christmas we were treated to the buggy parade. We would definitely rent this house again. The screened-in porch overlooking the canal was a dream: without it, the no-see-ums would have driven us indoors for the duration."
    Guest: JS Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 4, 2015
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  • Perfection

    "Our stay here was simply amazing! We had 7 adults and 5 children, there was more than enough room for all of us day & night; never one time did we feel as though we were cramped or tripping over each other. The two living areas was perfect to allow the children to play and watch tv while the adults enjoyed the upper living room. The home is beautifully decorated and maintained, the pride of the owners and caretaker is easily visible. We compared staying in the home as though we had our own private resort because thats exactky what it felt like! The kitchen is well stocked, plenty of linens, 2 laundry rooms, and the beds comfortable. The outside is a haven! Well manicured and spacious, it made for great playtime for the kids and a relaxing oasis for the adults! We even made homemade lemonade from the lemons growing on the trees out back, yum! We will definitely be returning guests!"
    Guest: Aislynn M. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 25, 2015
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  • Perfect place for a large family or two couples

    "We stayed for 9 nights. We were 2 couples. This is a gated, 24 hours security gate/guard community with excellent amenities: Its own snorkel area with shark screen and its own large marina !! hot tubs, salt/fresh water pools, tennis courts, amenities hall with ample books, ping-pong tables and enough room to sit and even its own convenience store and a pub/restaurant within the property. Ample kitchen items. We did need to stock up on toilet paper, paper napkins, shampoo and laundry detergent. There is no Internet connectivity inside the home, but the amenities hall (open till 11pm) has free WiFi and wired connection. There is nice back patio with new patio furniture. The walk in the cool evening breeze looking across to the ocean was nice. The community is right on the water and you can see the expanse of the waters sitting near the snorkel area. Also we saw some people fishing right off the walkway at the marina. Wish we had kayaks. But we had dives scheduled with the DiveInnnerspace folks and we absolutely recommend them for diving at the Looe Key. They are a small operation (no more than 6 divers on the boat) and the service is fantastic. We also drove to Key West (30 minutes drive one way accounting for slow Key West city streets) for day trip to the "Dry Tortugas" The "The Wharf" and the "Square grouper" are the closest mid-upper range restaurants we tried. The square grouper is the best food we had during our entire trip. The wharf is second. Wharf also remains open on more days and longer. We just did not have the time to explore the snorkel area, but based on what we have seen in the keys, I am sure it is has things to offer, especially if you have little ones or kids and you can teach them to snorkel or just frolic in the real ocean water in safe quiet environment. Overall very good stay."
    Guest: Dani Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 16, 2014
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Lower Keys Area Travel Tips

The Lower Florida Keys are made up of Key West, Big Pine Key, Marathon, Islamorada and Key Largo.

Lower Florida Keys Attractions

The only way to get in and out of the Lower Florida Keys is U.S. Route 1. This All-American road connects all of the Lower Keys with 42 bridges and stretches for seven miles over the ocean without another island in sight. When you're driving into the Lower Keys you'll get amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the aqua-blue shimmer of the waves where the three bodies of water meet.

A major natural attraction in the area are the Key Deer. These creatures are native to the Lower Keys and often seen eating grass and tree leaves on the side of the road. They're only 2.5 feet tall and small compared to the deer you see on the mainland. The animals are not contained by fences and have the National Key Deer Refuge to roam. With more than 9,200 acres, the animals have access to pine rockland forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh wetlands and mangrove forests. Although they have such an expansive area, you're more likely to see Key Deer on Big Pine Key.

Eco-tourism is popular in the Lower Keys because of the several natural wonders that inhabit the region such as blue waters and sea creatures including dolphins, alligators, fish and birds. A tour will take you through the backcountry on a shallow draftboat. You can also sail or row through the area and the peacefulness will give you a new outlook on the laid-back lifestyle of the Lower Keys.

Things to Do

Bahia Honda State Park: This park is located near Big Pine Key on Bahia Honda Key, a small island contained within the park where you'll find a few rental cabins and campsites. The park features beautiful beaches, snorkeling opportunities and fishing. There are boat trips to a nearby reef so divers and snorkelers of all skill levels can explore the fascinating sea life that call this part of the ocean home. If you want to learn more about creatures that inhabit the island, head to the nature center where you can get a more detailed look at the plants and animals that live on Bahia Honda Key.

Diving and Snorkeling: Because the Lower Keys are the least developed of the Florida Keys, divers and snorkelers have wonderful views of the ocean floor. The best spot to dive is Looe Key Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. It's located between mile marker 39.9 and 40 and has been one of the most recognized reef tracts in the Keys. Looe Key Reef also boasts one of the biggest varieties of marine species in the Northern Hemisphere. The corals range in depth from 20 to 40 feet and one reef plummets more than 100 feet deep. It's here where you can see sea turtles, eagle rays and the occasional manta ray and whale shark. A more recent attraction includes the Adolphus Busch Sr., a ship that was intentionally sunk in 1998. The island freighter was sunk completely intact and resides below the surface in 100 feet of water.

Key West Aquarium: The aquarium on Key West opened in 1934 and was one of the first family-oriented attractions in the Keys. At the aquarium observe grouper, eels, barracuda, tarpon, parrotfish and tropical fish, to name a few. Kids will love getting to walk up to the touch tank that houses small creatures that can be touched and fed. Guided tours are available and you can even participate in a shark feeding and get the chance to pet a shark.

Ernest Hemingway: The Ernest Hemingway House in Key West is a must-see for literary fans. The famed American author lived in the home for more than 10 years. Visitors can tour the home to learn more about the estate, the famous six-toed cats that roam the house as well as the man who lived there. Try to catch a glimpse of one of the 50 cats at the home, some of whom are direct descendants of the original six-toed cat Snowball.

The Blue Hole: Head to mile marker 31 on Big Pine Key and see the Blue Hole. It's in the Key Deer Refuge and a "borrow pit" from when railroads made their way in and out of the Lower Keys. This is one of the best spots for diving if you want to get up close to the animals. You'll likely see alligators, turtles and freshwater fish all living in the Blue Hole. In addition to this natural attraction, you'll also find the Jack Watson Memorial Nature Trail and Watson's Hammock just down the road. It's a 0.7-mile, self-guided trail that will take you through a pine rockland habitat. The Manillo Trail spurs off the main trail and is handicap accessible.

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