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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews

  • 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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  • A bit mixed

    "First the good stuff: A gorgeous pool and pool area that seemed to have been recently redone. Beautiful view of Spanish Harbor and the morning sunrise. Plenty of little Key deer around. A long beautiful dock. Plenty of outdoor seating. House is well stocked with books and interesting bits of Keys history. Kitchen was well stocked. The Less than Good. A few kitchen issues-the coffee pot was filled with old coffee when we arrived-yech. Although a generally well equipped kitchen there was no kettle-which we found odd since it is not something we've every encountered in a rental. Kettles tend to be basic equipment. The kitchen is 'tired'. The doors don't match and are all a little crooked. However everything worked. The bbqs were filthy but they did work. The living room area is odd-the sectional couch is extremely uncomfortable unless you are on the pieces that extend out. The couch is very distant from the tv and the viewing angle is odd. Really only relevant if you have a rainy day or two which we did. The windows haven't been opened in years so when you are inside you are forced to have the air conditioning on. This is probably because even with screens the 'no see us' would get in. And the no see ems were ferocious during our stay. Since we were unaware of these bugs (not being from the area )we didn't use bug repellant and paid a price. The bites don't really show up for a day or two after you've been bitten-then they are really uncomfortable. Other stuff. If you are going to Bahai Honda beach make sure you check the tide tables and go at low tide as at high tide there is really not much of a beach. Bike rentals and kayak rentals service on the key are helpful and reliable. Overall for the price (which was steep over the Christmas holiday)I thought this property was just ok in comparison to other properties we have stayed at. Perhaps if we were fishing people we would feel differently. I think that this is the main attraction for the property."
    Guest: cold canadian Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: December 30, 2014
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  • Wonderful Home in quiet Neighborhood

    "This very lovely home is extremely well appointed. Kayaking, fishing and snorkeling gear are available for your use. Pool is comfortable and the neighborhood is very quiet. Pantry is well stocked (something you rarely see in a vacation home), the bedrooms are spacious and roomy and you have all the cooking utensils you would ever need to make meals at home or cook your catch from the dock. House has just about every amenity you could ask for and we had a wonderful time staying here. We look forward to coming back!"
    Guest: JFRIII Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014
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  • Relax with nature

    "This was a great, quiet spot to get away from it all, yet perfectly situated to take advantage of Key West, go snorkeling or lay on the beach in Bahia Honda, walk over to the No Name, or hang out with dolphins in Marathon. It's a beautiful view, especially at sunrise, and you will see deer out your front window every day. Although there was no grill for our visit, this property is generally well appointed and clean. There is a covered patio so you can sit outside without burning in the Florida sun. It's been a long time since I've seen that many stars or experienced such quiet - completely relaxing in every way! The property owner was extremely responsive at all junctures."
    Guest: Elizabeth C. 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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