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Big Pine & The Lower Keys Eco-Tours, Dolphin Encounters, Wildlife Displays

Beyond the Seven-Mile-Bridge, the islands suddenly take a westerly turn toward the sunset. And starting at Big Pine Key, there is suddenly more land than sea. For centuries, powerful tides have whipped back and forth between the islands of the Lower Keys. This action has formed a ring of tiny uninhabited mangrove islands and shallow grass flats to the north of the main islands. Welcome to the fabled Lower Keys backcountry, home to the glistening waters of the Content Keys and Snipe Point. At Big Pine Key or Sugarloaf Key, you can rent kayaks and explore portions of the backcountry on your own or sign up for a variety of guided tours. If you feel like taking a drive, you might head up the Keys to Bahia Honda State Park, where huge barracuda cruise through the sandy shallows.

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Launch your kayak or canoe at Bahia Honda State Park and walk slowly through the calf-deep shallows. With any luck, you'll spot a four-foot barracuda scouting the white sand for a careless needle fish. You might even see a school of bonefish rooting for crabs. Out in the Lower Keys backcountry, it's not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins feeding in water seemingly much too shallow for them. Paddle along the edges of the uninhabited mangroves and you are almost sure to see egrets, herons, kingfishers and white-crowned pigeons among other migratory and shallow-water bird life. On the Atlantic side, the mangrove-lined Coupon Bight is a popular kayaking destination at Big Pine Key. Experienced sea kayakers or those on popular guided tours can venture into the open ocean to snorkel over patch reefs at any of the Lower Keys.

But you don't have to take to the water to have an ecotour in the Lower Keys. Big Pine Key is famous for its pines and the diminutive version of the white tail deer that has evolved among them. Park along one of the roads passing through the National Key Deer Refuge and you are almost certain to see one of these deer. Please don't feed or pet them. Managers want to keep the Key Deer as wild as the Lower Keys backcountry itself.

NATIVE GUIDANCE
Phone: 305-393-4153 * 
Email: larry-white@hotmail.com
Summerland Key ,  FL  33042
Fishing - Sightseeing - Island Excursions - Sunset Cruises - Dolphin Safari - Learn to Navigate - Remote Beaches - Romantic Engagements - Beach Weddings - and more!

BACKCOUNTRY KAYAKING TOURS
This property is Pet Friendly   
Phone: 305-304-1392 *  Toll Free: 305-744-0263 *  Fax: 305-744-0263
Email: andreapaulson@comcast.net
Sugarloaf Key Marina, MM17
 FL  33042
Enjoy one of the most unique kayak tours in the Lower Keys. Peaceful remote island tours in the backcountry waters of Sugarloaf Key. View bird & marine life, swim, or walk a remote beach at low tide. Reasonable prices for up to 6 people. Families welcome.

Lower Keys Kayaking Tours by Capt. Andrea Paulson
Phone: (305) 744-0263 or (305) 304-1392
Sugarloaf Marina
Mile Marker 17
Sugarloaf Key ,  FL  33042

REFLECTIONS NATURE TOURS
Phone: 305-872-4668
Geiger Key ,  FL  33040

STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS
Phone: (305) 872-9863
29675 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 29.5 bayside
Big Pine Key ,  FL  33043

Big Pine Kayak Adventures, Inc.
Phone: (305) 872-7474
depart from Old Wooden Bridge
Fishing Camp & Marina
Big Pine Key ,  FL  33043

FLORIDA KEYS KAYAKS & ECO TOURS
Phone: 305-872-0032
24326 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key ,  FL  33043

GREAT WHITE HERON NATIONAL REFUGE
Phone: 305-872-0774
28950 Watson Boulevard
Big Pine ,  FL  33043