Welcome to Pine Keys Vacations, the Florida Keys most natural holdout, where wildlife refuges protect rare and endangered animals. Here you’ve left behind the commercialism of the Upper Keys for an authentic backcountry atmosphere. This quiet region of small islands is connected from the west end of the Seven Mile Bridge at Sunshine Key. Here you will find family-owned resorts, RV parks, campgrounds, quaint B&B’s and licensed vacation homes, as well as eclectic restaurants, native wildernesses and rich history. Make sure to visit Bahia Honda State Park and Recreation Area, whose white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife frequently earn the area “one of the most beautiful beaches in America” accolade. Shop, dine or explore the National Key Deer Refuge, where the diminutive Key Deer live. Visit the freshwater habitat of the Blue Hole or No Name Key for a backcountry kayak adventure. Big Pine is the jumping off point for snorkel or dive excursions to the 210-foot wreck of the Adolphus Busch, Sr., and Looe Key coral reef. View the beautiful beaches of Key Largo and the Florida Keys here.
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 64°F to 91°F and is rarely below 54°F or above 93°F. The warm season lasts from May 28 to September 29 with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 91°F and low of 81°F. The cold season lasts from December 8 to February 25 with an average daily high temperature below 77°F. The coldest day of the year is January 13, with an average low of 64°F and high of 74°F.
There are two airports near Big Pine Key, Miami International Airport which is about 102 miles from Big Pine Key, and the Key West International Airport at about 27 miles from Big Pine Key. To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price. Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare. For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights. I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase. Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time. You can Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.
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Best Places to Eat & Drink
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$$ Springer’s Bar & Grill
Springer’s Bar and Grill offers the best food, drinks and live music in the Florida Keys! They offer mouth watering menu items that are sure to please your palate and fill you up. From our Duval Pot Pie, to thin crust Pizza, to the BEST Blackened Fish Sandwiches to the Keys, there is something for everyone on their menu. Join them for some fun and drinks on their outside patio while listening to local musicians sing live music. Springer’s is a great place to relax and have fun with the entire family here in the Keys. Call them at 305-872-3022 or visit them at Springer’s Bar & Grill.
$$$$ Little Palm’s Dining Room
Think of this Florida Keys restaurant, The Dining Room, as paradise for your palate. Experience the restaurant’s candlelit ambiance indoors, or opt for a table on their breezy terrace overlooking the beach. The Dining Room at Little Palm Island is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner for resort guests and off-island visitors. They also offer an incredible Sunday Brunch each week, monthly Full Moon Dinners, and Wine Maker Events. Reservations and proper attire are required. They welcome young adults age 16 and older. Be sure to inquire about thier private table options including Palapa Point, Harbor Point and the exclusive Chef’s Table located directly in our kitchen. Call them at 305-872-2524 or visit them at Little Palm’s Dining Room.
$$ No Name Pub
No Name Pub has been awarded top scores for food and service in the ZAGAT Survey’s Casual Dining category for many years running. The ZAGAT surveyed over 700 South Florida restaurants and rated the No Name Pub as the “Best casual dining experience in the Florida Keys ”. They went on to say, if you can find it you’ll be rewarded with the “best pizza anywhere”, chili, smoked fish dip and sandwiches served on paper plates in a real old rustic bar plastered with autographed dollar bills; those in the know say this Big Pine Key haunt is “worth the drive.” Call them at 305-872-9115 or visit them at the No Name Pub.
$$ Boondocks Grille & Draft House
The “Largest Tiki Bar in the Keys” delivers great food and entertainment for every member of your family right down to your pet. Boondocks’ modern facilities, spotless kitchen, cold prep room and pet friendly patio can cater to party’s of any size. With a large selection of lunch sandwiches and dinner entrees, their restaurant features fresh catch seafood, artisan-crafted pizzas, crisp quality salads, huge burgers and more. Boondocks’ “Southern Cooking Keys Style” is why some people spend 5 days a week dining in their open air restaurant. For more information call 305-872-4094 or visit Boondocks Grille & Draft House.
$$ Good Food Conspiracy
This tiny spot on Big Pine Key has been an oasis for vegetarians for over 30 years, and they have the hippie vibe to prove it. Blink and you might miss it on the Overseas Highway, so watch for the “Juice Bar and Deli” sign. Inside the low-key natural food market, you’ll find a deli serving a variety of gluten-free soups, wraps, salads, juices, smoothies and desserts. Pull up a stool at the juice bar, or take your goodies out back to the picnic tables in the colorful herb garden. Try the Freeze–frozen organic fruit transformed into ice cream. Their Avocado Cheese Melt gets rave reviews, and meat-eaters will be happy to find tuna and range-fed turkey. The owner, Marney Brown, has a wealth of knowledge and is on-hand to answer any questions. For more information call 305-872-3945 or visit them at Good Food Conspiracy.
Things to Do
Bahia Honda State Park
Featuring an award winning beach and historic bridge, Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys has become a favorite destination for visitors to our island paradise. The park, encompassing over 500 acres and an offshore island offers some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida. The perfect and quiet getaway for the entire family. The concession service provider offers a complete gift shop, snack bar, kayak rentals and daily snorkeling tours to the fabulous Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. The concessions are operated by the Coral Reef Park Co. There is free 24 hour WI-FI at concession building. Contact them at 305-872-3210 or visit them at Bahia Honda State Park.
Keys Boat Tours
Keys Boat Tours is a recreational minded boat tour operation offering a variety of Florida Keys outings including; sail, motor, fish, stand up paddleboard (SUP), kayak, snorkel, and eco. It is an option for the whole family, where dad can get his fishing in, but everyone can equally enjoy. Best of all, they keep it comfortable, so to avoid choppy waters. The winter months are generally a little windy and not the flat pristine water of summertime. They want to keep everyone comfortable. This is one area that makes them unique. The Florida Keys is as much about the water as land, if not more so. They provide a service to get you out on the water–and have fun. Call them at 305-699-7166 or visit Key Boat Tours.
Big Pine Kayak Adventures
They specialize in Lower Florida Keys backcountry adventures including: Half and full day kayaking nature tours, shallow-water skiff eco-tours, short and long term kayak rentals, backcountry sailing catamaran cruises, and shallow-water fishing. Captain Bill Keogh has lived in the lower keys for more than two decades and has made his living on or in these waters as a naturalist guide, educator and professional photographer. He has been published in numerous books, magazines and publications throughout the world and co-produced the book written by Jeff Ripple on the natural history of the Florida keys. Call them at 305-872-7474 or visit them at Big Pine Kayak Adventures.
Looe Key Dive Center
The most professional dive and snorkel charter boat in the Middle and Lower Keys, Looe Key Reef Resort and Dive Center, located at Mile Marker 27.5 on Ramrod Key, has been sharing the best of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary since 1978 –
Dry Tortugas National Park
Board the Yankee Freedom III for a ferry ride to The Dry Tortugas National Park. Made up of seven small islands, it is one of the world’s most unique eco attractions. Its crown jewel, the historic Fort Jefferson, was once used as a prison during the Civil War. Explore and learn of its history with one of our guides and enjoy an array of activities. There’s something for everyone! Explore Uncharted Territory at the Dry Tortugas National Park! For more information call 1-800-634-0939 or visit Dry Tortugas National Park.
Top Big Pine Key Hotels
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort
This property is located on an island off Little Torch Key, Florida. It offers a marina, full-service spa, and gourmet dining. Every suite features ocean views and free Wi-Fi. Little Palm Island Resort boasts a sandy beach and outdoor swimming pool. A relaxing garden and library are on-site. Yoga classes and kayak rentals are also available. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort.
Deer Run Bed & Breakfast
Showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and views of the sea, Deer Run Bed & Breakfast is located in Big Pine Key, just 29 miles from Key West. Free private parking is available on site. This bed and breakfast has a private beach area and free use of bicycles is available. A variety of activities are available in the area, such as snorkeling and canoeing. Marathon is 17 miles from Deer Run Bed & Breakfast, and Duck Key is 29 miles away. Key West International Airport is 26 miles from the property. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Deer Run Bed & Breakfast.
Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys
Offering an outdoor pool, a free hot breakfast at A.M. Kitchen Skillet, and free Wi-Fi access, Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys is in Marathon, Florida. Keys Fisheries Market and Marina is just under 1 miles from the resort. A fitness center is on site, and fishing, diving, and snorkeling can be enjoyed in the surroundings. Water sports hires, a marina, and boat docking are available at the Marathon Florida Keys resort for a charge. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys.
Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys
Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys offers free WiFi and an outdoor pool with hot tub. Guests will be 5 minutes’ walk from the Turtle Hospital and 16 minutes’ drive from the Dolphin Research Center. The on-site restaurant, The Bistro, serves breakfast in the morning, dinner and alcoholic beverages in the evening, and specialty beverages brewed with Starbucks coffee. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys.