Bahia Honda State Park Travel Guide

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Bahia Honda State Park Highlights

  • Pro
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    catalysta says…

     It's a very pretty and refreshing spot 

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     Camping requires reservations up to 1 year in advance. 

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    Agnessa says…

     Bahia Honda is a recreational treasure. 

Bahia Honda State Park Things to Do

  • bahia honda beach

    sandspur beach at the bahia honda state park is one of the nicest beaches in the lower keys. located on the oceanside part of the island you can swim, snorkel, and fish on sandspur beach.

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  • Beach

    The beaches were practically deserted when we were there in the winter although there were more people on the lagoon side. It is the only natural sandy beach in the Florida Keys and is quite popular in season. There are concession stands, but they are in the main building and not on the beach itself. The gift shop does sell snorkeling gear. The...

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  • fishing

    bahia honda state park has may fishing opportunities. you can fish from shore on both the ocean and bay sides of the island. also an excellent spot to fish is the jetty under the old bahia honda bridge. the best time to fish the jetty is during the tide changes. of course if you have a boat you can fish the reef and the blue water off shore.

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  • bahia honda marina

    bahia honda state park has a full service marina for those who bring their own boats to the park. also they offer snorkeling trips to the reef. see the attached website for more information.

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  • bayside swimming area

    along with the oceanside beach bahia honda also has a nice bayside swimming area. this is a good alternative if the sea is rough on the oceanside.

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  • bahia honda nature center

    located at bahia honda state park is the bahia honda nature center. the nature center has an aquarium and shows a video about the flora and fauna of the keys. they have a nice nature program for children.

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  • Beautiful garden by the ocean.

    Take a walk around and see the butterflies everywhere. The garden is open air ocean side and the butterflies are all over just flying around, many different types. Check out the chart of all the types here on the island.

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  • View from the top!

    This photo was taken on the walking path up to the bridge. You can walk up under, and then on the old bridge for pictures.

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  • The Bridge...

    The overseas railroad. Henry Flagler built this rail road in 1912. In 1935 a hurricane destroyed a section. It had to cross water 30' deep. 5, 055' bridge. The top was for two lanes of traffic after this. Started in 1905, complete in 1912, often refered to as Flagler's Folly.

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Bahia Honda State Park Restaurants

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    View from table at lunch

    by tpangelinan Written May 23, 2003

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    The restaurant inside the park was pretty good. We had sandwiches for lunch, and went back for icecream. The had pizza filled pretzles, I have never seen these before.

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    • Beaches
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Bahia Honda State Park Nightlife

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    by grandmaR Written Feb 15, 2005

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    I do not know what the exact purpose of this outdoor 'theatre' is, but in the national parks there are periodic ranger talks, so I'm assuming that is what goes on here.

    Dress Code: Bring a flashlight and insect repellent

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Bahia Honda State Park Shopping

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    Consessionaire building

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 15, 2005

    This building houses the dock master, dive shop, gift shop and snack bar. You can get snacks, T-shirts, and other souveniers. You can rent snorkeling equipment here, and get tickets for the snorkeling boat tours. There are also limited marine supplies and groceries available.

    What to buy: The snack bar has sandwiches, cold drinks, subs, ice cream, salads, and coffee. In addition to T shirts and gifts, the gift shop has jewelry, books, swimwear, towels and toys

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Bahia Honda State Park Local Customs

  • Pineland Jacquemontia (Jacquemontia...

    I noticed these morning glory like flowers among the vegetation in the park. It may be the Jacquemontia which is an increasingly rare plant that used to be found crawling along sunny rocky ledges throughout the open pinelands of the three southernmost counties in Florida. Its flowers (about 1" across) are found throughout the year, and it attracts...

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  • Swim with a manatee here, we did!

    While swimming here, everyone got very excited because a manatee swam right past Michael! The water is so clear, and the beautiful colors that reflect. Didn't see any critters to be worried about!

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Bahia Honda State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    Park Closing Time Sign

    by grandmaR Written Feb 15, 2005

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    The park is open every day from 8 am to sunset. Sunset, of course, varies with the time of year. So if you don't intend to spend the night, take heed of the time the park will close.

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Bahia Honda State Park What to Pack

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    Take lots of film

    by tpangelinan Written Jun 7, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Beach chair, towel, shower stuff if you wish. You can buy a nice reasonable lunch at the snack shop, so why lug the stuff around? If I were camping, I would not buy lunch, but when hotel/moteling it, we usually eat out.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hat, and umbrella would come in handy. Water shoes wouldn't hurt.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun Block

    Photo Equipment: All you got.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The usual, and lots of bug spray.

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Bahia Honda State Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Marina

    The marina is in a nice protected basin, but the controlling depth (i.e. the shallowest spot) is only 3.5 feet, so it is too shallow for us to get in there. There are 19 slips available for overnight rental for $1.50/foot (minimum $25 which shows that some boats come in that are less than 16 feet). The rental gets you electricity, water, pump out...

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  • Bay or Ocean Swimming

    Swimming is available both in the Atlantic Ocean (pictured) and Florida Bay. Bahia Honda has one of the best (if not THE best) beach in the Keys, and one of the top beaches in Florida (according to the Travel Channel anyway). There is also good snorkeling and diving available.

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  • Fishing

    We aren't fishermen, so I can only report that I saw people fishing in the park. I thought there was a bright red bird flitting around until I saw that it was a fly cast by the man in the lower center of the picture. Tarpon fishing here is said to be among the best in the state. Salt water fishing licenses are required in Florida. Spearfishing,...

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Bahia Honda State Park Favorites

  • Blue Skies and Beaches

    Bahia Honda State Park is located on Bahia Honda Key between Mile Marker 36 and 37.BH is unique among other islands in the Keys because it has extensive sandy beaches and deep waters close enough offshore to provide exceptional swimming and snorkeling.

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  • The Butterfly Garden

    Bahia Honda is a pretty park for a break from the hectic traffic driving down to Key West too, perfect for a picnic, or just to stretch your legs. Take the time to stroll through the Butterfly Garden, and see some lovely flowers along with the colorful butterflies. I was delighted to catch these two Zebras touching wingtips while I was walking...

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  • Walking around the park

    There are 2 bridges, the new one on which everyone now drives, and the old Seven Mile Bridge, which has been cut off but left in various places for park use. Don't think this bridge will lead you anywhere very far...

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