Discover the Florida Keys Wildlife and Fish at Big Pine Key

Of all the hidden treasures that nature provides in southern Florida, few can match the beauty that Big Pine Key holds.  The island stands out from the rest of the Florida Keys due to its unique wildlife that call it home along with some amazing fish just waiting to be caught, there is no better place to experience it all than at Big Pine Key Resort!

The Natural Residents of Big Pine

Credit: National Geographic Society

Big Pine Key gets its name from the pine tree forest, a truly unique feature to be found on an island like this, and within are some amazing wildlife.  The most famous inhabitant on this island is the Key Deer, who get to call this nationally protected refuge home.  While all wild and plant-life are protected in this refuge, the main purpose of it is to protect the already endangered small deer that are native to Florida and can be found nowhere else in the world.  While the deer have become more accustomed to living amongst humans and will even approach people, it is important to remember that the endangered label is placed upon these animals for a reason and engaging in activities like feeding them is illegal.  So, if you ever come across a Key Deer while visiting, remember to politely observe them and try not to interfere or interact with them.

While the Key Deer tend to get the spotlight, other amazing and unique wildlife fill up the Keys and the refuge as well.  There are the adorable Lower Key Marsh Rabbits, which can be found hoping about, Florida freshwater turtles swimming in the freshwater marshes, manatees, wild chickens, and a whole host of birds like pelicans, seagulls, and others that migrate to the Keys every year!  The distinct wildlife here is truly awe inspiring for all those who visit Big Pine Key.

Credit: Trail Fly Fishing Magazine

A Fisherman’s Dream!

No trip to Florida could be complete without great fishing experiences and down in Big Pine Key, there is certainly no shortage!  The most commonly caught fish around these waters are both Tarpon and Bonefish, but don’t let that fool you, the diversity of these waters is abundant!  There is also Mahi-mahi, Grouper, Wahoo, and the well-known Florida Yellow Tail and the multiplicity of fish doesn’t stop there with shellfish like Blue Crab, Stone Crab, and even Spiney Lobster populating the waters.  With an appropriately obtained fishing license from the State of Florida, Big Pine Key offers any fisherman the experience of a lifetime to catch amazing fish in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

If you like to be one with nature, experience some of the worlds most unique wildlife, and fish in gorgeous waters, then a stay at Big Pine Key Resort should be on your shortlist for your next get away.  Being located within the Key Deer Refuge you don’t have to go very far to see the amazing Florida Keys wildlife.  Also, with an on-site boat ramp and slips for purchase, the resort makes the perfect home base for any fishing trip.  All of this and more make Big Pine Key Resort your next great get away.