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Lower Florida Keys Attractions
Bahia Honda State Park
MM 37
Bahia Honda Key, FL

Cited as one of the nation's top 10 beaches. Deep waters close to shore offer outstanding 
swimming and snorkeling. Camping and cabins, fishing, nature trails. The park is on 524 acres 
including one small island offshore on the southwest end of the park. Many plants and animals in 
the park are rare and unusual, including marine plant and animal species of Caribbean origin.  
Trees in the park include the yellow satinwood, gumbo limbo and silver palm. There is a nature trail 
that follows the shore of a tidal lagoon at the far end of Sandspur Beach. Concession service, 
marina, snack bar, gift shop, snorkeling tours, kayak rentals. Admission charged.

The Bat Tower
You'll find the tower down a dirt road, just off the road to the Sugarloaf Airport, bayside at MM 17.

The Bat Tower is one of the most unique attractions in the Keys. Entrepreneur Richter Perky, who 
wished to establish a fishing camp in Sugarloaf Key, built it in 1929. He erected the Bat Tower as 
part of a chemical-free plan to thwart pesky mosquitoes on his property. Unfortunately, Mr. Perkey 
passed away before he could carry out his innovation strategy.

The Blue Hole
Big Pine Key

The Blue Hole is an abandoned limestone quarry. The rock material removed was used to build 
many of the original roads on Big Pine Key. Since there is no inlet or outlet to the Blue Hole, its 
existence is dependent on rainfall and from salt water which flows through the surrounding 
limestone. Fish, turtles, alligators and the occasional wading bird can be found in the Blue Hole.  
Alligators can often be seen hugging the shoreline, lazily sunning themselves.

Access for the disabled is provided.

Dolphin Connection  
Hawks Cay Resort MM 61  

Key Deer

Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys is known for 
its Key Deer. If you are driving through the 
Keys, you can not help noticing that you are 
approaching the National Key Deer Refuge 
because the speed limit changes from 45 
MPH to 30 MPH at night.
This speed limit is strictly enforced by law 
enforcement. This area is from Mile Marker 
29 to Mile Marker 33. In the Winn Dixie Plaza 
in Big Pine, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
operates an information center on the Key 
Deer and its habitat. (Directions: Go north on 
Key Deer Blvd. or Wilder Road. The 
information center is located across from 
the Winn Dixie in part of the strip center.)

The shoulder height of Key deer is between 24-32 inches. Does weigh 45 to 65 pounds while 
bucks weigh 55 to 80. Rutting season activities begin in September, peaking in early October and 
decreasing gradually through November and December. Some breeding may occur as late as 
February. The gestation period is 204 days with fawns born April through June. At birth fawns 
weigh 2 to 4 pounds. Antlers on mature bucks are dropped February through March, and re-growth 
begins almost immediately so that by June, bucks with 2-inch stubs are seen. Antler growth is 
completed by August, and velvet is rubbed and kicked off in early September.

They feed on native plants such as red, black and white mangroves, thatch palm berries and over 
160 other species of plants. Key deer can tolerate small amounts of salt water, but fresh water is 
essential for their survival. They must also have suitable habitat to ensure their future existence.  
No records exist documenting the origin of the deer in the keys. It is believed that the deer 
migrated to the Keys from the mainland many thousands of years ago, across a long land bridge.  
As the Wisconsin Glacier melted, the sea rose dividing the land bridge into small islands now 
known as the Florida Keys.

For more information, contact: United States Department of the Interior Florida Keys National 
Wildlife Refuges, PO Box 430510, Big Pine Key, Florida 33043-0510
Phone: 305-872-0774Fax: 305-872-2154

Much of this information was obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publication "Facts on the Key Deer", 
which is available at their information center.