The Lower Keys consists of Pigeon Key, Money Key, Little Duck Key, Missouri Key, Ohio Key, Sunshine Key, Bahia Honda Key, Spanish Harbor Key, Scout Key (West Summerland Key), No Name Key, Big Pine Key, Little Torch Key, Middle Torch Key, Big Torch Key, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Knockemdown Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, Park Key, Lower Sugarloaf Key, Saddlebunch Keys, Shark Key, Geiger Key, Big Coppitt Key, East Rockland Key, Rockland Key, Boca Chica Key, Raccoon Key, Stock Island, Key West, Sigsbee Park, Fleming Key, Sunset Key, and Wisteria Island.

Pigeon Key - Learn More

Pigeon Key in the Lower Keys is located off the old Seven Mile Bridge, at approximately mile marker 45 and contains the historic district of Pigeon Key, Florida. The 5-acre island is home to 8 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, some of which remain from its earliest incarnation as a work camp for the Florida East Coast Railway. Today these buildings serve a variety of purposes, ranging from housing for educational groups to administrative offices for the non-profit Pigeon Key Foundation. The former Assistant Bridge Tender's House has been converted into a small museum featuring artifacts and images from Pigeon Key's colorful past.


Bahia Honda - Learn More

Bahia Honda (meaning deep bay, in Spanish) in the Lower Keys is located on US Hwy. 1 at mile marker 38.5.

The island is virtually uninhabited, being home to the 524-acre Bahia Honda State Park. Founded in 1961, the park occupies most of the island. The channel at the island's west end is one of the deepest natural channels in the Florida Keys.


Big Pine Key - Learn More

Big Pine Key in the Lower Keys is located on US Hwy. 1 at mile marker 33.

The Big Pine Key island is home to the Key Deer population. Precautions are taken to preserve as much Key Deer habitat as possible.


Ramrod Key - Learn More

Ramrod Key in the Lower Keys is located on US Hwy. 1 at mile marker 27.5. Originally named Roberts Island, Ramrod Key was renamed for a ship named Ramrod, which was wrecked on a reef south of there in the early nineteenth century.


Summerland Key - Learn More

Summerland Key in the Lower Keys is located on US Hwy. 1 at mile marker 25.5.

Summerland Key is a bedroom community located almost mid-way between the "large" cities of Marathon and Key West. It is home to the Brinton Environmental Center of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. Also located on Summerland Key is a field station for Mote Marine Laboratory. A private, 2550-foot community airstrip (FD51) is located just south of US Hwy. 1 on West Shore Drive at mile marker 25.


Knockmedown Key - Learn More

Knockemdown Key in the Lower Keys is located 24° 42.9’ N and 81° 28.7’ W, north of Summerland Key and northeast of Cudjoe Key and is not accessible by road.

A tidal station managed by NOAA is located on the island. Access to the island is by boat only, with the closest public ramp located at the north end of Blimp Road on Cudjoe Key.


Sugarloaf Key - Learn More

Sugarloaf Key in the Lower Keys is located on US Hwy. 1 at mile marker 20.5. It is a single island in the lower Florida Keys that forms a loop on the Atlantic Ocean side giving the illusion of separate islands. Although frequently referred to simply and with technical accuracy as "Sugarloaf Key", this island contains two distinct island communities, known as Lower Sugarloaf Key and Upper Sugarloaf Key. The island is somewhat "U"-shaped, with Upper Sugarloaf Sound and Park Key separating the island into Upper Sugarloaf Key and Lower Sugarloaf Key. So called, upper and lower, simply referencing the relative nature of their geographic positions, not as distinct islands.


Key West - Learn More

Key West in the Lower Keys is located at the end of US Hwy. 1 and represents the southernmost portion of the United States.

Key West was relatively isolated until 1912, when it was connected to the Florida mainland via the Overseas Railway extension of Henry M. Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway (FEC). Flagler created a landfill at Trumbo Point for his railyards. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 destroyed much of the railroad and killed hundreds of residents, including around 400 World War I veterans who were living in camps and working on federal road and mosquito control projects.

The U.S. government then rebuilt the rail route as a highway, completed in 1938, which became an extension of United States Highway 1. The portion of U.S. 1 through the Keys is called the Overseas Highway. Franklin Roosevelt toured the road in 1939.

Numerous artists and writers have passed through Key West, but the two most associated with the island are Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.