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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews

  • Bahama Street, Big Pine Key

    "Everything was exactly as advertised. Nicely laid out house was neat and attractive, complete with every convenience. All appliances and furnishings in excellent condition. Location was peaceful, quiet and safe. Dockage and canal were more than adequate for my 20' boat. Fish cleaning table and bait freezer were very convenient. Owners Joe and Linda were very interested in providing a quality experience and were always quick to respond to my questions."
    Guest: Jeff Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 11, 2014
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  • Wonderful Stay !

    "This was our first time staying at this property... It has all you could ever want for your vacation. how many places are there in the Keys where can you walk a few steps and be already snorkeling, fishing or riding you paddle board or your boat, with a private dock too ? ...big lot to park...and also amazing water views at the same time... It is convenient to everything...real close to Big Pine where you can grocery shop and 35 minutes away from Key West. Nice spa real close too!"
    Guest: George Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 15, 2014
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  • Everything Perfect!

    "This condo is Cudjoe Key is amazing. I can not say enough great things about it. From the moment we walked in, we could tell that everything was of the highest quality in this home. The place was spotless and everything was in working order. The pictures DO reflect the condo's appearance but it is even better in person. It is in a good location, right off of the Overseas Highway about 20 minutes from Key West. There are grocery stores, liquor stores, restaurants, and everything you need within a 15 minute drive. The condo itself has absolutely everything you could possibly need...and some things you didn't even know you needed. The kitchen has new appliances, dishes, pots & pans, and a beautiful washer/dryer. There are plenty of towels, beach towels, cooler, binoculars, maps, toys for the kids, the list goes on. The beds are super comfy...plenty of extra blankets, pillows etc. There are large walk-in closets for all of your stuff. The views are amazing. You are not going to find too many places to stay where you can watch the sunrise AND the sunset from the same deck! We used the kayaks several times. The water is very calm in the bay. I personally would not want to swim in the bay directly in front of the house but the Bahia State Park is only 15 minutes away and is absolutely beautiful for swimming and snorkeling. The pool at the condo isn't large but was clean and cool for our afternoon swims. This condo was in a quiet location. There are only 10 homes in the complex and we rarely saw another person. It was awesome to sit out on the lower level with an adult beverage and watch the iguanas by day and the stars and cruise ships by night. I absolutely loved this place and was ready to move in! But there are a few things to consider when renting this home. If stairs are a problem for you, this is not the place to go. You go up the stairs to the main level and up another flight to the bedrooms (that's why the views are so awesome!) Also, you will need a car. Other than a nice walking trail, there is nothing within walking distance. In conclusion, it is obvious that this owner takes great pride in this condo. It is of the highest quality and maintained to perfection. It is the best condo in the group of 10 in terms of location and view. I would make that WILL definitely stay here again when visiting the Keys. Thank You Rick, for sharing your beautiful home with us!"
    Guest: Jane W. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 21, 2014
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  • Perfect home for perfect Keys vacation

    "Beautiful tranquil setting. Great for divers/fishing/kayaking or just spending the day by the pool. Close to Key West, great restaurants nearby. Has everything you need inside for a perfect vacation."
    Guest: Dilly Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 11, 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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