Big Pine Key
Big Pine Key – Mile Markers 30-33
Big Pine Key or Big Pine for short is located just south of the Seven Mile Bridge in the Lower Keys. Immediately after Bahia Honda, Big Pine Key is the major island in this region and the nature sanctuary of the Florida Keys. It is an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida, on an island of the same name. Its namesake the pine tree is rare in the Middle and Upper Keys. It is the largest of the Lower Keys and lies within the Key Deer and White Heron National Wildlife Refuge where the majority of the Key Deer population can be found. Located about five nautical miles offshore of Big Pine Key is Looe Key, which isn’t an island but rather a part of the Atlantic reef system of the Florida Keys. The Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary is an excellent place for diving and snorkeling. You will also find within this area the Bahia Honda State Park, the perfect place for nature lovers to see wading birds and shorebirds, unique plants and animals.
Just 30 miles north of the busy city of Key West, Big Pine has a low key vibe and offers a relaxed and quiet setting for snorkeling, diving or kayaking among the mangroves and salt marshes. Conveniently close to Key West, far enough away to relax in the Florida Keys island life style and in the center of a nature sanctuary, Big Pine is the place to be.