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The Lower Florida Keys

Big Pine Key

As you leave Bahia Honda and travel down the Overseas Highway, the first island community you will come to is Big Pine Key. Crossing Bogie Channel, you will immediately notice the speed limit signs restricting you to 45mph during daylight hours and 35 mph in the evening. Known as the home of the Key Deer, a small subspecies of the White Tail Deer and listed as an endangered species, Big Pine has a very diverse style of living, which includes some of the best boating, snorkeling, diving, fishing, nature trails and wilderness the Keys have to offer. The island is approximately 10 square miles with a population of just over 5000 people and around 800 Key Deer. The Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge maintains much of the land on the island and most is accessible by the public. Because of USF&W’s presence on Big Pine, development is limited. If you are an outdoors person and like to bike, walk or run, view wildlife and want plenty of space to roam, Big Pine Key is the place for you. Big Pine also borders on the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. (Set aside to protect the habitat of migratory birds, Herons, Egrets, Eagles, Osprey, are regularly seen along with species that call the Keys their season home such as Night Hawks and various birds of prey.)

Big Pine Key also has the largest shopping area between Marathon and Key West. The Big Pine Shopping center located one block in from the traffic light at MM 30 Gulf side, has a Winn Dixie, Beal’s Outlet, Laundromat, bank, coffee shop, bagel store, pizzeria, hair and beauty boutiques, government tag office, along with several other businesses. And don’t forget the Big Pine Flea Market; seasonally operated it is the largest flea market in the Keys with vendors selling everything from produce, fishing gear, seafood, clothing, watches, furniture, plants and more.

Boating access to both the Gulf and Atlantic is easy with some of the Keys prettiest coral reefs located less than a mile offshore in an area know as the New Found Harbor Sanctuary Preservation Area or SPA. An area protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. If you choose to venture further offshore, 4.5 miles to the south, you will find the Looe Key SPA. Designated in 1981 this area one of the nicest reefs the Keys have to offer. A spur and grove reef, depths run from less than one foot to over 100 feet at the reef drop off. If the wind is blowing out of the south and you want a smoother protected area to visit, the Content Keys located in the backcountry just to the north west of Big Pine, offers some of the best remote islands in the Keys.

Big Pine Key offers some of the best value in property in the Lower Keys. This comes as no accident but rather because it is separated from the north by the span of the 7-mile bridge and it is the furthest area north of Key West with a commute time under one hour.

The Lower Florida Keys
Big Pine Key  [View Map]
Little Torch Key  [View Map]
Middle Torch and Big Torch Keys  [View Map]

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