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Road Trip, Florida Keys: 9 reviews and 15 photos
Favorite thing: After passing Marathon and crossing the Seven Mile Bridge, you'll find yourself in Big Pine Key. This is the largest of the lower keys and the place to find some of the best beaches and for spotting the elusive and endangered key deer.
Big Pine Key is about 30 miles from Key West. Most people bypass the area in favor of the more popular end destination, still in awe of the Seven Mile Bridge and dreaming about burgers and frozen drinks at Sloppy Joe's. But Big Pine Key is a great place to stop for several reasons.
Bahia Honda State Park is considered by many to have the best beaches in the Florida Keys. Those who venture further to Key West in search of white sand will miss out on the real deal. Big Pine Key is also much less developed than its lower key neighbor 30 miles south. The forested areas have been preserved and set aside as a refuge for key deer.
Another thing to consider is that you're likely to find better hotel deals in this area and will save a bit of cash by staying here (or camping in the park) as opposed to heading to crowded Key West, where the sought after destination's hotel prices can really soar, especially during spring break and the holidays.
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