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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews

  • Amazing bang for your buck! SUPER CLEAN! NICE!

    "What a perfect place for a small family or 2 couples to get away from it all and get the "real" Keys experience. Still ten miles away from all the craziness of Key West gives you the feeling your in an island paridise, but still giving you the option to get into the Key West action in minutes. The house is super clean and has a modern feel. The landscape is nice and the house is tucked back in a way to really give you the feeling you're all alone. Super quiet neighborhood for a great nights sleep after a long day on the water. The location could not be better for fishing, Diving, and boating. For all you boaters and divers the "American Shoal Reef is only a ten minute boat ride away. It's packed with beautiful fish, corals, and lots of lobster and sea turtles. We pulled our boat (24" proline walk around)up right behind the house and left it there in the water all week. At low tide you still have 4 plus feet of depth at the sea wall.The boat ramp and marina is only a few blocks away for easy access, and the marina guys are super nice and full of advice for fishing and diving tips. Marina also sells beer,gas,ice and other goods:). We really enjoyed our week in this cozy Cudjo Key house, and for sure plan on coming back next year. We'd also like to thank the owner Ron for going above and beyond to make our stay perfect. When we packed up and left the house we had forgotten a set of very sentimental beach towels in the laundry machine. Ron was quick to get in touch with us and even offered to ship them back to our house 7 hours away. Thank you Thank you Thank you again!!!! Please understand I'm not the kind of person that's easy to please, and I usually only write reviews to warn people of things they may not like. In this case I have nothing but positive memories that will last us a life time. Thanks again, Ryan, Jerray, Amanda, and Jermiah. Fort Pierce Fl/ Texas"
    Guest: Ryan E. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 27, 2014
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  • awesome family vacation in paradise

    "This was our second time staying at Bo's tropical get a way with our children and we had a wonderful time. venture out resort is a great place to stay with children. The house is very clean and right on the canal. My favorite is waking up and watching the sunrise on the front porch overlooking the bay and taking the boat out for a sunset cruise. We docked our boat there and jumped in to go fishing, snorkeling or find an island to relax in the back country of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort is centrally located and it's not far from one of the top 10 best snorkeling/diving reefs in the world (looe key). My daughter loved snorkeling and saw her first giant grouper! The resort is less than 30 minutes away from key west. It is also minutes away from great local restaurants for fresh seafood and landmarks like no name pub is just 10 minutes away. My girls loved seeing the key deer as you drive up to No Name Pub. This will definitely be one of our vacation spots for years to come. Looking forward to seeing you soon!"
    Guest: Tina Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: November 1, 2014
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  • Great Family Stay

    "This was a very very nice place to bring the family. We were joined by some friends and there was plenty of space for all six of us. The view was amazing, the sunrise was spectacular, and the wild life kept us entertained the entire time. The care taker was very attentive when we needed something. And it was such a quiet and peaceful place to sit out on the deck and enjoy the evenings."
    Guest: Angie M. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 25, 2014
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  • Just Awesome !!!

    "My family & I just returned from Bamboo Palms after spending a fantastic week there and are wishing we could go back already. We arrived to find the house to be even better than the pictures and were totally impressed with how far the owners, Leah & Nathaniel, go to make you feel right at home. The house is stocked with everything you need to have a great vacation, all you have to bring is yourselves and some groceries!! We made good use of the provided bikes, kayaks , paddle boards and especially the gorgeous pool where we spent the majority of our time. The house is located in a very nice quiet neighborhood with lots of privacy but there are ample great restaurants and shopping close by .If you are looking for a little excitement Key West is only a 20 minute drive away and well worth checking out. Be sure to have coffee up on the Widows Walk and watch the sunrise and don’t forget to feed the fish off the end of the pier! (We got some great underwater video while doing this) We highly recommend you choose Bamboo Palms for your Florida Keys vacation , you will NOT be disappointed !!"
    Guest: Shayne H. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: March 27, 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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