It's a very pretty and refreshing spot
Camping requires reservations up to 1 year in advance.
Bahia Honda is a recreational treasure.
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...more
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.more
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.
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
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
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...more
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.
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.
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...more
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.more
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,...more
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...more