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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews

  • Exceptional

    "My husband and I have been renting homes in the Key's for 25 plus years. Casa Jose' is by far the best home we have had the pleasure of staying in. The accommodations were first class. We love to cook and the kitchen had everything we could want. The home was fully equipped with all of our needs (linen's, paper products etc) The beds were very comfortable. The location and the cleanliness of the canal were also a big part of our satisfaction with this property. Some canal's are very narrow and stink...this one was clean and easy to navigate. The owner John was very accommodating and easy to work with. We will absolutely stay here from now on."
    Guest: Lobster whisperer Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 6, 2014
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  • How the Keys Should Be!!!!

    "My family and myself had the pleasure of staying at "fisherman's paradise" this summer and the name says it all!! We brought our 27ft cuddy cabin and 2 jetskis for the week and what a pleasure!!! 2 words come to mind when I think back, it's called "open water" no idle speed, or long canals to have to maneuver though or try and squeeze your boat in!!!!! Plenty of dock space and the kids could play on the skis right off the back of the property.... We could see them from the kitchen in fact!!!! The house gives you the most amazing 180 degree view of the water. The whole house is completely renovated with quality finishings ie(quartz counters, travertine tile, glass tiles) we used the 3 bedrooms upstairs but there is a large open room downstairs with 3 queen beds in it if you needed more room. The Pool and the lush landscape surrounding just makes u feel at peace and the hot tub on the second deck was amazing to go lay in after a day of being out on the water and just look up at all the Stars! (no light pollution at all) The best part is that your not in a neighborhood with neighbors on top of you........ After you make your way down the drive it's you and nature.... Including the key dear (saw at least 2 a day minimum!!!) the 2 must do's: walk down the street to a little resturant called springers (maybe 4blocks) .... Live music, local place good food nice people. Also be sure to visit Bahia Honda state park (u can see the bridge out the back of the house only 2 miles away) but make sure you go it's a great place to take the family for just some quality one on one time. I can't wait to come back next year. Thanks for sharing your property with us it was truly a great way to experience the keys........"
    Guest: keyslife Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 30, 2014
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  • VRBO Professionalism

    "I wanted to take the opportunity to compliment your rental site on it's professionalism and ease on securing a vacation property. We put a deposit down on #247141 in the Florida Keys. Unfortunately, after visiting the property first hand, my husband and I just didn't feel like it fit our families requirements. I do want to stress however, that by no means that our decision had anything to do with the owner's lovely,immaculate home or there delightful caretaker, Julie! We immediately notified the owners of our regretful decision and they refunded our deposit the very same day! My husband and I will definitely recommend your rental site to our friends as well as use you again ourselves. Thank you once again for your prompt attention in forwarding all of our communications."
    Guest: PD Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: November 12, 2014
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  • best stay in the keys

    "my wife and i have been vacationing in the keys for 40 years, torchview was our best vacation ever. we were primarily looking for open water views(don't like the canal places), the view is very relaxing and beautiful. the deck is 360 degrees around the house. the dock is outstanding, with hundreds of fish and lobster.(my wife is not a strong swimmer and doesn't like going into the atlantic to the reefs)so she got to do some easy snorkeling. a couple of items not mentioned by the owners-the master bedroom has an on-suite bathroom, the L shaped dock has tie poles for a boat on both sides of the dock, the laundry room has a bait freezer. we'll be back. kris nielsen clearwater beach, florida. p.s. key deer in the front yard most mornings."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 21, 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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