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Recent Lower Keys Area reviews
"My wife and I spent the month of January at this house and we really enjoyed our stay. The house has plenty of room. From the pictures on the web, I thought we’d have less room than we actually had. Kitchen area, dining area and living room give you lots of space to live in. The outside is nice and clean and with a lot of vegetation all around the property. There is a deck in the back that gives you the possibility to sit outside. On the deck there is a nice BBQ to cook your favorite meals. The Keys and the people living here are for the most very laid back and relaxed, and this place is no different. People here are very nice and almost always say hello whether meeting you in the street, at the groceries or on the beach. We loved the location of the house. It’s about 45 minutes from Key West, and 10-15 minutes from Bahia Honda state park (the beach). If you go to the beach at Bahia Honda you’ll find that there are 3 beaches there. We recommend sandspur beach, but take a look at all of them, they are all very nice and you can always find a place where there is almost no wind (2 beaches on the south side, one on the north side). The owner include a Beach pass in the rental and this saves you 9.50$ per visit, so that’s a nice treat. We did a lot of kayaking and our favorite spot to go out from was on Kudjoe Key. It’s about 15-20 minutes from Big Pine Key. Go to the end of Blimp Road where you’ll find a free public boat ramp. From here you will have many choices for a nice outing in your kayak on the Gulf side of the island."Guest: STEEN C. Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 2, 2014View listing
"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, 2014View listing
"My husband and I stayed here with our two teenagers. When we first walked into the home the A/C was off and it was 93 degrees. We turned it on, but it took hours for it to cool down. We ended going to out a restaurant because we couldn't stay in there it was so HOT. The ceiling fan in the master bedroom was broke. The toilet in the mater bathroom was broke and ran all weekend we were there. We called the rental company and they did come out and give us a floor fan, but could not fix anything while we were there, said it would have to wait until Monday. The Venture Out community was very nice and clean and the kids loved going to the pool. The marina store was very convenient. It was nice coming back to the house which was very homey instead of a hotel after a long day out. Key West is not that long of a drive which we did one day. There are a few restaurants close by with good atmosphere and service. All in all I would recommend this place. It was decorated very nice. The gated community was also nice."Guest: Lisa Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 19, 2014View listing
"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, 2014View listing
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.