Free or Almost Free* things to do in the Florida Keys
The Florida Keys can be an expensive place to live and visit. These pages bring you some of the best, less expensive (* FREE or $10 or less for a family of 4), things to do.
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Biking in the Florida Keys
Fees: Just bring your bike.
Most of the Florida Keys have Bike Paths along the Overseas Highway. Many of these paths continue to various parks and beaches off the highway. With the weather and flat terrain the biking is easy and in many areas the scenery is outstanding. You can bring your own bike or there are many places to rent a bicycle.
Fees: There are entrance fees at some of the parks with beaches but most are Free.
While the rest of Florida has some of the best sandy beaches in the world, the Fabulous Florida Keys are not known for there long expanses of sand beach. This is not to say there are no sand beaches in the Florida Keys, just that most are on the small side and often man-made.
We do have one famous Florida Keys beach. In Bahia Honda State Park you will find Sandspur Beach which has been listed as one of the top beaches in the US in some rankings.
Residents who only saltwater fish from the land or a structure attached to land, may get the resident recreational saltwater shoreline fishing license at no cost (except for convenience fees that apply on telephone and Internet orders). NOTE: This license does NOT cover anyone fishing from a boat or from an island that they arrived at by boat. If you have a resident recreational saltwater fishing license or a resident persons with disabilities fishing license, you do not need a shoreline fishing license because the resident recreational saltwater fishing and disability license cover fishing from the shore, a dock, a jetty or a boat.
Nonresidents must purchase a 3-day, 7-day or annual nonresident saltwater fishing license when saltwater fishing from the shore or a pier, bridge or jetty attached to the shore unless fishing on a pier with a pier license. Nonresident saltwater anglers must purchase a regular nonresident saltwater fishing license at $17 for three days, $30 for seven days or $47 for one year, regardless of whether they fish from shore or a vessel. These prices include administrative fees, but handling fees are additional.
As long as you bring your own Fishing Tackle the only additional cost is for bait. Frozen baits like shrimp, mullet and squid are the least expensive. Live Pinfish can be $1 each. You can also pick up some chum and use it to attract and catch your own live bait.
Most of the Keys bridges have been replaced and many of the old bridges have been left in place to serve as fishing platforms. Some of these can get you several miles from shore. If you choose your fishing times right (tides and temperature play a big part in the fishing) you can not only have a good time you may also take something home to eat. Unfortunately as these old bridges age some deteriorate to the point that they must be shut down to all traffic.
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