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Big Pine Key Boating & Marinas in the Lower Keys

Lower Keys boating

Big Pine Key Florida is a great location for boating in the Lower Keys. If you know the area, then Big Pine Key boating is ideal for you, but if you are a visitor, there are plenty of marinas in this area of the Florida Keys where you can rent or charter a boat to travel farther out to sea.

Looe Key Marine Sanctuary is a location that is easy to reach that has a reef right off of the shore of Big Pine Key Fl, which means that there are plenty of opportunities for Big Pine Key diving and Big Pine Key snorkeling. The shallows in this area are well marked, but you should have a current chart to ensure that your craft does not get too close to shore. Once you get outside of the marinas in this area of the Lower Florida Keys, there is an area that is referred to as the backcountry where there an abundance coral and mangroves ecosystems to explore.

Bahia Honda State Park is a great place to explore if you are looking to do some Big Pine Key fishing during your Big Pine Key travels. Since Tarpon fishing is so popular in this area, it is a great place to charter a flat-bottom kayak and explore. Cudjoe Key is another great place to go fishing in Big Pine Key; just be careful that you track the depth of the water because navigation in this area can be difficult.

Boca Chica is a great location to explore the water, so if you come to this area during your Big Pine Key vacation, be sure to get on the water. Flats boats built especially for navigation in very shallow waters, or lightweight flat-bottomed kayaks are the safest bet for exploring this beautiful and exotic area of the Lower Keys. But, when the waters on the Atlantic side are too rough for comfortable boating, a ride into the backcountry can be an extremely enjoyable experience.

Public Boat Ramps

  • Blackwater Sound — MM 110 Bayside
  • Harry Harris Park — MM 92 Oceanside
  • Indian Key Fill — MM 79 Bayside
  • Marathon — MM 54 Bayside
  • Marathon Yacht Club — MM 49 Bayside
  • West of 7 Mile Bridge — Bayside
  • Spanish Harbor — Bayside
  • Shark Key Fill — Oceanside
  • Cudjoe Key — Bayside
  • Stock Island Ramp — MM 7
  • Key West — End of A1A
  • Key West — End of Simonton St.

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