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Big Pine Key
Travel Guide

Meet the local wildlife, splash in the shallows and enjoy the calm of the quieter Keys on this stretch of serene waterfront and wetlands.

Venture to Big Pine Key and the surrounding Lower Keys, where the bright lights and crowds fade away and the gentle rolling of the currents takes over. This 35-mile (48-kilometer) wide stretch between Key West and Marathon is a peaceful place to enjoy the unique natural beauty of the southernmost island chain in the continental United States.

Enjoy Florida’s long, warm days by relaxing on the sand or splashing in the clear warm waters of Bahia Honda State Park, one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll find in the Americas. Look for Bahia Honda Bridge, a historic abandoned railway bridge, which makes an impressive backdrop for photos.

Dive or snorkel at Looe Key and admire the vivid coral formations, around 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) offshore of Big Pine Key. Keep watch for sea turtles and eagle rays swimming by and explore the deliberately sunken shipwreck of the Adolphus Busch.

Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys are home to an abundance of animals at national wildlife refuges and a portion of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Stop off at the National Key Deer Refuge and spot adorable miniature deer particular to this area as they roam around the pine forests.

Rent a kayak and head out to the untouched backcountry to explore around No Name Key or Coupon Bight with its plentiful mangroves. Look for long-legged birds, such as egrets and herons, wading in the waters and see ospreys soaring overhead. Dolphins can also occasionally be seen in the shallows. Journey west to the quiet Saddlebunch Keys, a group of uninhabited islands with mangroves and lagoons that are especially lovely in the glow of a Florida Keys sunset.

Away from the electric lights of the more bustling areas of the Florida Keys, the Lower Keys attract astronomers who have a clear view of the night sky. The Big Pine area is a 30-minute drive from neighboring Marathon or the airport at Key West.

Where to stay in Big Pine Key

Top hotels in Big Pine Key

Old Wooden Bridge Marina
Old Wooden Bridge Marina
2.5 out of 5
1791 Bogie Drive, Big Pine Key, FL
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Located in Punta Brisa, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from No Name Key and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center. Florida Keys Wilderness ...

4/5Very Good! (37 reviews)

"We enjoyed it very much . It’s not a fancy place but a homey atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Old Wooden Bridge Marina
Barnacle Bed and Breakfast
Barnacle Bed and Breakfast
3 out of 5
1557 Long Beach Dr, Big Pine Key, FL
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This Long Beach Estates bed & breakfast is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Cook Island, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loggerhead Beach and Sandspur Beach. No ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (36 reviews)

"We loved it.. Breaky was fab,,,, Guests were fab ,"…"

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2021

Barnacle Bed and Breakfast
Deer Run Bed & Breakfast
Deer Run Bed & Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
1997 Long Beach Road, Big Pine Key, FL
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This Long Beach Estates bed & breakfast is on the beach, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cook Island, and within 6 mi (10 km) of No Name Key and National Key Deer Refuge ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Loved it. Beautiful property."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2017

Deer Run Bed & Breakfast
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Big Pine Key

Old Wooden Bridge Marina
Old Wooden Bridge Marina
2.5 out of 5
1791 Bogie Drive, Big Pine Key, FL

Located in Punta Brisa, this cottage is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from No Name Key and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center. Florida Keys Wilderness ...

4/5Very Good! (37 reviews)

"We enjoyed it very much . It’s not a fancy place but a homey atmosphere."…"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2020

Old Wooden Bridge Marina
3 BEDROOM BEACH HOUSE CLOSE TO BEACH & KEY WEST
3 BEDROOM BEACH HOUSE CLOSE TO BEACH & KEY WEST
31557 Ave A, Big Pine Key, FL
The price is £486 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

Located in Sands, this historic holiday home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center and within 6 miles (10 km) of No Name Key and Cook ...

4.3/5Excellent! (10 reviews)
Wonderful beach house

"The house is really nice. We had a great time staying there. Very close to La Honda beach - which has a lot of cool tide pools full of Horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, sea slugs, etc... Big grocery store close by (Winn Dixie)."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2021

3 BEDROOM BEACH HOUSE CLOSE TO BEACH & KEY WEST
As Seen on  BEACH HUNTERS Sn7 Ep5  Feel like you are on your own private island!
As Seen on BEACH HUNTERS Sn7 Ep5 Feel like you are on your own private island!
1175 Long Beach Dr, Big Pine Key, FL

This Big Pine Key holiday home is on the beach, 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Cook Island, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Loggerhead Beach and Sandspur Beach. No Name Key ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
A month actual felt to short

"First time staying in the Keys and it was fabulous. Who says the Keys don't have any beaches. This private and secluded beach over looking the ocean was everyone's favorite part of their stay. The beach offered plenty of room for all the games that were played daily. In the house the furnishings ..."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2021

As Seen on BEACH HUNTERS Sn7 Ep5 Feel like you are on your own private island!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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