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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews

  • Absolutely Perfect!

    "We just returned from our 30th anniversary celebration with our family and we thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful home. We loved how close it was to Key West and there were many terrific restaurants within a short drive. The house was as beautiful and perfect as it is described, and the owners were very accommodating and great to work with. We will always remember our stay on Cudjoe Key!"
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 21, 2015
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  • A Gem

    "This is a beautiful place to take time to enjoy life. The cottage is so sweet, clean, artistic, thoughtful in every way. Bight and cheerful, I would recommend this cottage to anyone. The staff is excellent in this community and I loved seeing all the license plates from Michigan, Canada and even Alaska. The kitchen has everything you would ever need. The windows give a special charm, completely open yet, private with blinds and curtains. Everything feels new, fresh and clean."
    Guest: jake and ann Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 16, 2014
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  • Beautiful paradise

    "I cannot say how much we loved this house! We spent one week in this tropical paradise. We were 6 people: my husband and I, our 3 children (16,13 and 10) and grandma! There was something to do everyday for everyone! The house was very clean, beds were very comfortable, kitchen had everything one needed... The pool was perfect... Even though it is small my 10 year old would spend most of her time in it. The older kids enjoyed the dock fishing and using the kayaks in the bay! We all enjoyed snorkling just a few miles away from the house and caught some delicious lobsters. We also took day trips to Bahia Honda and key west which are both just a short trip away! There is a store right down the road for things you might have missed and bait for fishing. The key next to Cudjoe key has a Winn Dixie where you can get all your supplies for the week! We enjoyed watching the iguanas sunbathe every morning on the sea wall.. The kids named then Ralph, Zoe and jasper. We also rented a boat in summerland key for 2 days. It worked perfect to go to Looe key snorkling and explore nearby islands. We used it to go fishing, lobstering and snorkling! Shannon has a recomendation folder with all the local restaurants and their menus. This was very helpful. We enjoyed the quietness of the area, sunrises, sunsets and incoming thunderstorms which would only last about 15 min. She also has two other properties next to each other but they all have their own boat dock and private beach access! I do think thought that the tropical paradise has the most privacy. The house also comes with a washer and dryer which was very handy with kids. We had to contact Shannon about a problem with the pool but she was there in 20 min. and solved it very quickly. Overall I can't wait to go back to this beautiful place again. Thumbs up all the way! Thanks Shannon for this beautiful house!!!"
    Guest: Larsy6 Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 17, 2014
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  • Beautiful, Clean, Convenient!

    "We just returned from our third year at this home and we never have to find another place! This home is beautiful inside and out! They furnish everything which makes packing such a blessing! This house is stocked! Leave your beach towels at home , they've got them, iron, air mattress, plenty of sheets and blankets, hair dryer in each bathroom, brand new washer & Dryer, dish washer, dishes, pillows! We love the downstairs suite, it's perfect to put the older kids and leave the upstairs for a more quiet environment. There is a downstairs storage room with a deep freezer and extra refrigerator. If you're coming to the keys with your husband this will make his eyes light up, as that's a huge convenience! The owners are great. They are very accommodating too. We have been going to the keys for over ten years as a family and the last three have been the best of those! Thanks for everything Gary & Jenny. You guys have done a great job with the place. PS - The neighborhood key deer are an added bonus for entertainment!"
    Guest: Russhelle l. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 14, 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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