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Top Choice State Park in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

Bahia Honda State Park

This park, with its long, white-sand (and at times seaweed-strewn) beach, named Sandspur Beach by locals, is the big attraction in these parts. As Keys beaches go, this one is probably the best natural stretch of sa…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Sugarloaf Key & Boca Chica Key

My New Joint

My New Joint brings a serious dash of style to the Lower Keys. This spacious, warmly lit lounge has artfully made cocktails, excellent brews on tap (including local varieties), great tapas plates and platters of oys…
Pizza in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

No Name Pub

The No Name’s one of those off-the-track places that everyone seems to know about. Despite the isolated location, folks come from all over to this divey spot to add their dollar bills to the walls, drink locally bre…
Modern American in Sugarloaf Key & Boca Chica Key

Square Grouper

One of the most talked-about restaurants in the Keys, Square Grouper hits all the right notes with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, innovative recipes and great service, all dished up in one elegant but unpretent…
Bar in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

Kiki's Sandbar

For drinks with a view, Kiki's is hard to beat. You can have a chat around the bar or retreat for a bit of sunset watching or stargazing from one of the picnic tables on the waterfront lawn – or better yet stroll to…
Island in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

No Name Key

Perhaps the best-named island in the Keys, No Name gets few visitors, as it’s basically a residential island. It’s one of the most reliable spots for Key deer watching. From Overseas Hwy, go on to Watson Blvd, turn …
Cafe in Sugarloaf Key & Boca Chica Key

Baby’s Coffee

This very cool coffee counter has an on-site bean-roasting plant and sells bags of the aromatic stuff along with excellent hot and cold java brews – many locals consider this to be some of the best coffee in the isl…
Park in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary

Looe (pronounced ‘loo’) Key, located 5 nautical miles off Big Pine, isn’t a key at all but a reef, and is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This is an area of some 2800 sq nautical miles of ‘land’ …
Wildlife Reserve in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

National Key Deer Refuge Headquarters

What would make Bambi cuter? Mini Bambi. Introducing the Key deer, an endangered subspecies of white-tailed deer that prance about primarily on Big Pine and No Name Keys. The folks here are an incredibly helpful sou…
Lake in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

Blue Hole

This little pond (and former quarry) is now the largest freshwater body in the Keys. That’s not saying much, but the hole is a pretty little dollop of blue (well, algal green) surrounded by a small path and informat…