Big Pine and Lower Keys Tops Nature Lovers’ Bucket Lists

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Big Pine Key and the Lower Keys is a nature’s masterpiece, much of it preserved. It’s the perfect place for snorkeling and diving and much, much more.

    Speaker: For more than 60 years Natural Wonders have been reversed in Big Pine Key and the Lower Florida keys, also known as the Natural Keys. Lying between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico the Lower Keys are home to an amazing array of marine life, birds and wild life. Here eco-tourists saver outdoor activities like birding, snorkeling, catch and release fishing, hiking nature trails, and even kayaking through subtropical mangrove forests and above sea grass flats teeming with life. Don't miss the National Key Deer Refuge, home to tiny key deer.

    The Refuge has played a major role and bringing the deer back from once near extinction. The Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary for North America's largest wading bird. Among the best places to view wildlife is the blue whole, a freshwater pocket that attracts key deer, alligators, turtles, birds, and fish. Want to visit something wacky! Sugarloaf keys' Bat Tower was built in 1920 to help control insects but it didn't work. Today it's a historic monument to a baddy idea. Dive or snorkel the spectacular coral formations at Looe Key Reef. Each July an offbeat underwater music festival promotes reef conservation or dive down to explore the Adolphus Busch Sr, a popular ship wreck for underwater enthusiasts. Named in a survey of the top 10 beaches in America Bahia Honda State Park is also a top spot for picnicking, water sports, and panoramic views from the historic old Bahia Honda Bridge. In the lower keys you'll find one of the world's most diverse marine life ecosystems and chances are you'll be inspired by the quite shadow backwater region of flats and mangrove islands. After all it's only natural.