|Big Pine Key (Home of the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge)
What do you get when you combine pristine waters, gorgeous sunsets and unspoiled landscapes? You get the perfect place to fish, explore, enjoy and relax. From here, you can take advantage of all the Florida Keys has to offer. Centrally located, Big Pine Key makes a great home base for your vacation; giving you easy access to all the other islands. And since much of Big Pine Key is protected habitat for the Key Deer, its’ waters boast some of the best kayaking, boating, fishing, snorkeling, loberstering and diving in all of the Florida Keys.
Area: 10 sq. miles (25.9 km²)
Elevation: 3' 3" (1.00 m)
Special feature: Key Deer
Big Pine Key is home to the endangered Key Deer, a subspecies of the white-tailed deer that lives exclusively in the Florida Keys. Significantly smaller than deer found elsewhere an adult male (known as a buck) weighs 55–75 lbs. and stands just two and a half feet (30 in) tall at the shoulder. They are reddish-brown to grey-brown in color.
In 1947 the Key Deer population was estimated at approximately 50 deer. Two years later President Harry Truman dedicated the Everglades National Park and shortly thereafter Congress passed bill HR1058 to create a National Wildlife Refuge for the deer. The efforts to protect the species were successful which was evident when the number of the deer tripled from 30 to more than 90 within the next three years.
Today, the Key Deer have little natural fear of man. They feel right at home with people and can be seen around the island grazing in yards and along roadsides. To reduce the risk of collisions, the speed limit on Big Pine Key is 45 mph in the daytime and 35 mph at night. Visitors to Big Pine Key are asked not to feed or disturb the deer; but photos and “oohs!” and “ahhhs!” are always welcome.
Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge: Fish, Enjoy, Explore, Relax in Paradise
Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge (BPKFL) occupies ten pristine acres between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Perfectly positioned in the middle keys at MM33, the BPKFL offers a friendly home-base from which to enjoy all the Florida Keys has to offer.
The BPKFL has several lodging options to choose from including motel rooms, rustic campsites, electric/water RV sites and even waterfront sites. With a boat ramp and canals, you can put your boat in the water (and leave it in the water) during your stay. This idea of “boat-side” camping gives you the freedom to jump in your boat and go when the mood strikes.
Our 2000 square foot camp store is stocked with everything you need to be comfortable at camp and out on the water. This includes food, beverages and snacks plus fishing and marine supplies like marine gas, bait and basic water sports equipment. We are one of the few campgrounds in the area where you can come with an empty cooler and get everything you need right on property.
Recreation is a big part of life in the Florida Keys and at the BPKFL we have the facilities to help you make the most of your vacation. Play ping-pong, take a long walk on the beach or just relax under a palm tree; do as much or as little as you care to do. From our 25,000 gallon roof top pool to our calendar of parties and planned activities, BPKFL has something for visitors of all ages.
If you need anything at all, please call our office at 305-872-2351 or complete our contact form and a member of the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge will return your call within 24 hours. Whether this is your first visit to BPKFL or your fiftieth, we look forward to sharing out little slice of paradise with you.
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Located at 33000 Overseas Highway, MM 33 Big Pine Key, Florida 33043.
National Key Deer Refuge
Veteran's Memorial Park and Beach
Blue Heron Park
Watson Field and South Street Playground
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Bahia Honda State Park & Beach
Put a dollar on the ceiling at No Name Pub
For divers: Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary