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Welcome to the Real Florida Keys. . .

This is a world of beautiful contrasts, where diminutive Key deer, expansive coral reefs and spectacular sunsets coexist. That's just a sample of what awaits you in the Lower Keys.

Traveling south from the mainland, picturesque Little Duck Key at MM 40 is the first of our emerald islands to come into view. Continuing along the stunning Overseas Highway, you reach Ohio Key, and Bahia Honda Key, home to one of Florida's most pristine and award-winning state parks. After you pass by Bahia Honda and Scout Key you reach the Lower Keys' residential and commercial heart, "Big Pine Key", located at MM 29.5 – 33.

Quaint galleries, stores and restaurants, from casual seafood eateries to fine dining establishments, await. Grab snorkel gear or dive equipment for a trip to Looe Key Sanctuary Preservation Area, or plan a kayak adventure into the backcountry with the help of a local outfitter. Before leaving the island, note the site of a world-renowned marine science educational facility known as Seacamp and Newfound Harbor Marine Institute at the southeastern tip of Big Pine Key.