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 Visit Big Pine Key & Lower Keys
For Natural Florida Keys Activities

Just south of Marathon, the Lower Florida Keys begin with tiny Duck Key and Big Pine Key.

Following in a southwesterly direction are Little Torch Key, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, and Cudjoe Key.

Next are Sugarloaf Key, Saddlebunch Keys, Big Coppitt Key, Boca Chica Key, Stock Island and finally the island of Key West.

Even though the Florida Keys cover a small geographical area, they boast a rather unique characteristic.

Each region is amazingly diverse - and that tenet holds true for the Lower Florida Keys.

From the moment you leave the south end of the Seven Mile Bridge and the somewhat congested 'city' life of Marathon FL, you're embraced by nature.

Florida keys Camping and Starlit Bahia Honda Skies


Florida keys Camping and Starlit Bahia Honda Skies
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Unspoiled and beautiful, the Lower Florida Keys are dotted with a number of large wildlife refuges. On Big Pine you'll find the National Key Deer Refuge, home to the tiny key deer and the life sustaining freshwater pond, the Blue Hole.

Further south you'll find the Great White Heron National Refuge, a bird lover's paradise. Adjacent to this, you'll discover the oldest of the sanctuaries, the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.

Abutting onto the Key Deer and the Great White Heron Refuges are Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve and Newfound Harbor Keys. These two major areas attract all forms of nature lovers from avid sports fishermen to bird watchers and kayak enthusiasts.

No matter where you go or what you're doing, out on the water fishing, or watching for key deer or birds, you'll want to make sure you have the right equipment. A camera, and a good set of binoculars ensure you don't miss the moment, and help you maximize your Florida Keys vacation to the fullest!



Other popular back to nature destinations include Bahia Honda State Park on Big Pine with it's different Florida hiking trails. Bahia Honda State Park also has 3 of the best beaches, Sandspur Beach, Loggerhead Beach and Calusa Beach. Bahia Honda is also a premier vacation destination for camping in the Keys as well as for biking, fishing and a variety of water sport activities.

With a variety of trails, the Lower Florida Keys make it possible for hikers, bicyclists and bird watchers to easily connect with nature. Since there are a variety of trails you can go on that are off the 'beaten path', you'll want to make sure you're fully equipped.

The area is geographically small, and you'll be hard pressed to find stores that will necessarily provide the hiking or biking gear you may want or need.

Knowing this in advance, and bringing the right gear with you, will save you from being inconvenienced or having nasty surprises later.



Sea lovers will find that kayaking and canoeing the shallow flats and tiny inlets will provide glimpses of manatee, dolphin, tropical fish, heron, ibis, anhinga, key deer, and other local and migratory wildlife.

Canoeing Big Pine Key


Vacation Canoe Trips At Big Pine
State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, Department of Commerce


Some of the best snorkeling and diving in the Florida Keys can be found in the Big Pine Key and Lower Keys region. Whether you're exploring magnificent Looe Key Reef, attending the annual Underwater Music Festival every July, or wreck diving the massive Vandenberg, there's no shortage of snorkel and dive sites to explore.

It also wouldn't be a Florida Keys vacation without at least part of a day spent out on the water fishing. Whether you're looking for big game fish and want to go deep sea fishing, or you're excited about backcountry fishing for bonefish, permit, even barracuda, there's no shortage of top notch Florida Keys fishing charters to choose from.

Below you'll find a sampling of different fishing charters that service Big Pine Key and the other Lower Key islands.

The following previews give you quick at a glance information but make sure you click the Check Rates button so you can:

1. Go to the landing page to get current rates for that particular fishing charter
2. Once on the landing page you can click the blue Search Button near the top left of that page
3. Once you're using the Search Charters button you can then fine tune your fishing trip. You can choose where you want to fish, the type of tackle you want to use, and the species of Florida fish you're most interested in catching.

FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Boneafide Fishing & Nature Charters
Captain Jason Gabriel
24' center console Pathfinder recently refurbished in 2015, 250 hp Mercury engine, 6 person capacity
Big Pine Key Departure
Payment 10% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Master Card, Check, Bank Transfer, American Express, PayPal
Numerous species of fish targeted, child friendly, free cancellation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Nearshore Fishing     Offshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing     Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing    Snorkeling
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle    Bottom Fishing     Trolling     Spinning     Jigging    Popping     Fly Fishing    Lessons fly fishing     Drift Fishing     Kite Fishing     Bow Fishing     Handline    Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Boneafide Fishing & Nature Charters have a maximum cruising speed of 51 knots. Full equipped, they specialize in a broad range of fishing techniques, and fishing areas, including fishing the channels for tarpon at the Bahia Honda Bridge. Licenses, fishing gear, including spearfishing, flyfishing and snorkelng equipment are provided along with ice and drinking water.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Grateful Dave Charters
Captain David Moloney
17' Hell's Bay Boatworks skiff, 60 hp Mercury engine, 2 person capacity
Little Torch Key Departure
Payment 25% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Master Card, Check, American Express
Numerous species of most popular inshore and backcountry fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Nearshore Fishing     Wreck Fishing
Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Popping     Fly Fishing     Drift Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Grateful Dave Charters has a maximum cruising speed of 35 knots to get you anywhere you want to go from Key West to Big Pine Key. Whether you're fishing the channels for tarpon, mangroves for snook, or plying the flats for bonefish and permit, whatever style of fishing or destination, Captain Moloney has the experience, the boat and the fishing tackle needed for your Key West fishing trip.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Fin A Key Fishing Charters
Captain Jim Loftus
22' Panga 22 LX center console, 115 hp Evinrude engine, 2 person
Ramrod Key Departure
Payment 20% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, PayPal
Child friendly, free cancellation, pickup not included
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Nearshore Fishing     Reef Fishing    
Wreck Fishing     Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Heavy Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Trolling
Spinning     Jigging     Fly Fishing     Drift Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
As a full time guide, Captain Loftus of Fin A Key Fishing Charters knows the backcountry waters and how to catch the fish you're wanting to target. His boat has a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots so he can get you where you want to go fast. Whether you're in the calm waters of the backcountry fishing for bonefish and permit, or are planning on reeling in your share of mahi mahi, he has the fishing skill and the boat needed to make your fishing trip the best. Captain Loftus also provides the essential fishing license, tackle and gear, except for fly fishing equipment.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Fish Finder Adventures
Captain Mark Sampson
17', Maverick flats boat, 90 hp Yamaha engine, 2 person capacity
Cudjoe Key Departure
Payment 10% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Visa, Master Card, American Express, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular backcountry fish targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Flats Fishing - backcountry and ocean side
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Bottom Fishing     Spinning
Jigging     Popping     Fly Fishing
Fishing Trip Description
Fish Finder Adventures flats fishing boat has a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots to get you to the hottest Florida Keys fishing spots. This quiet flat bottom skiff style boat makes sightfishing while spin casting or flyfishing even more successful. Captain Sampson can easily help spot permit, bonefish, barracuda, jack crevalle or any other wily fighter you're after.



FISHING CHARTER COMPANY
Flats Hunter Charters
Captain Brandon Hunter
17' Dolphin Super Skiff flats boat, 70 hp Yamaha 4-stroke engine, 2 person capacity
Big Pine Key Departure
Payment 25% deposit to guarantee reservation, balance day of trip via Cash, Check, PayPal
Numerous species of most popular inshore and backcountry fishing targeted, child friendly, free cancellation, pickup agreed upon reservation
Fishing Trip Destinations
Inshore Fishing     Nearshore Fishing     Reef Fishing
Wreck Fishing     Flats Fishing     Backcountry Fishing     Night Trips
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle     Spinning     Fly Fishing     Spearfishing
Fishing Trip Description
Flats Hunter Charters make it possible for you to easily fish the flats and backcountry for wary opponents such as permit, cobia and bonefish. You can also plan trips ocean side to nearby reefs where fish like snapper and grouper congregate, or head out night fishing for tarpon and snook. No matter what your idea of a fun fishing trip is, Captain Hunter works to ensure it's a memorable fishing expedition for you.



Plus, if at the end of the day, getting back to nature is still what you're all about, don't forget to make reservations at any of the Florida Keys campgrounds found from Big Pine Key to Sugarloaf Key.

However, just because the Lower Florida Keys offer a more 'natural flavor' doesn't mean there aren't amenities. Small communities dot the Lower Keys and nestled throughout these islands you'll find cozy Florida Keys lodging facilities, along with bars and restaurants featuring a variety of tasty, local fare.

There's also the standard plethora of Florida Keys marinas and infrastructure basics such as churches, libraries, shopping venues, fire and police stations. Of course, all on a smaller scale then found elsewhere in the Florida Keys.

The Lower Florida Keys have over the centuries been one of the last military outposts, serving as a defense against invasive forces. In keeping with this tradition, Boca Chica, the island next to Stock Island and closest of the Lower Keys islands to Key West, FL is home to a Naval Air Station. The Naval Air Station Key West, is one of the foremost naval aviator combat training facilities in the country, and adds a beneficial element to the economy of the Florida Keys.

From Big Pine Key down through the Lower Florida Keys, the call of nature is the consistent element that draws people here for their Florida Keys vacation. Refreshing and inspiring, leaving this particular piece of paradise is quite possibly the hardest thing of all to do.





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