Welcome to Bahia Honda State Park

Henry Flagler's railroad to Key West turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination.

Today, the island is home to one of Florida's southernmost state parks, known for beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets and excellent snorkeling.

Visitors can picnic on the beach, take a swim, or relax and enjoy the balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round.

Anglers can fish from shore or bring a boat and launch at the boat ramp. Kayaks, and snorkeling gear can be rented and boat trips to the reef for a snorkeling excursion are available.

Bahia Honda is an excellent place to see wading birds and shorebirds, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces nature lovers to the island's plants and animals. Campsites and vacation cabins are also available

Henry Flagler's railroad to Key West turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination.Henry Flagler's railroad to Key West turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination.

Calusa Beach at Bahia Honda

Near the Bahia Honda Bridge, Calusa Beach is on the Gulf side. It's sometimes called the Bayside Beach, and is at the southern end of the Bahia Honda Park. 

Being on the west side, the land protects it from the sometimes strong Atlantic winds. This means the water is calmer and typically you'll encounter less seaweed which can occasionally be a problem at Sandspur and Loggerhead Beaches. 

Among the different Lower Keys beaches, Calusa Beach is a popular family beach as it's protected from the wind. There's also parking close by and the nature center is fun for the kids. It also has more facilities, with covered picnic pavilions and grills, restrooms, showers, a marina, even a dive shop.

While at Calusa Beach, you'll want to take a leisurely stroll on a restored section of the old Flagler bridge. From here you'll enjoy the warm ocean breeze along with the incredible turquoise vista that surrounds you. 

Bahia Honda State Park is open 365 days a year from 8:00 to dusk. There is a nominal entrance fee and camping at Bahia Honda State Park is also available.


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Sandspur Beach at Bahia Honda

Sandspur Beach is without a doubt the most spectacular of the beaches at Bahia Honda State Park.

A mile long ocean side beach - it's considered by experts to be one of America's best beaches and is a world top contender.

With the coral reef offshore protecting the shoreline, there is little to no wave action, unless the wind is strong.

The wind however can also bring in the seaweed, which especially in the summer months can be somewhat of a problem - visually and otherwise. 

That however doesn't seem to matter when you get a chance to feel the delicious soft sand scrunching between your toes. Or as you gaze upon the endless shades of aquamarine, turquoise and blue that stretch beyond your imagination. Or as you relax and inhale the fresh, salty sea air.

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Loggerhead Beach at Bahia Honda

Adjacent to Henry Flagler Railroad Bridge, Oceanside, and just a bit further down from Sandspur Beach is Loggerhead, sometimes called the Oceanside Beach. 

Loggerhead Beach is a great Florida snorkeling destination as there's a tiny rocky island with a few trees on it, not far from shore. You can kayak or boat out to the island, then snorkel around the water looking at a variety of marine life. 

The sand bar not far from shore is a great place to go when the tide is out. You can search for shells and other interesting finds such as sea glass plus you'll have an excellent view of the old bridge. 

Spend a relaxing and unforgettable afternoon on one of our two fabulous award winning beaches, Calusa Beach adjacent to the Bahia Honda BridgeSpend a relaxing and unforgettable afternoon on one of our two fabulous award winning beaches, Calusa Beach adjacent to the Bahia Honda Bridge, then relax on your private tropical campsite.

Bahia Honda - Camping Sites

Buttonwood (sites #1-48) Can accommodate a variety of camping rigs from large RVs to small tents. The sites are gravel, making them more suitable for an RV or pop-up. These sites are the largest in the park.

Sandspur (sites #49-72) is located in a hardwood hammock. The sites are small and have low clearance. Tents can easily fit on all of these sites; pop-ups and small campers less than 14 feet in length and under 8 feet in height are also allowed.

Bayside (sites #73-80) is the smallest campground with only eight sites. There is a vehicle height restriction of 6 feet 8 inches. Your vehicle must be able to go under the new Bahia Honda Bridge to access this campground.

SHORE ACTIVITIES for the land lover!

  • CAMPING: Three camping areas within the park provide a total of 80 campsites for both tent and RV campers. Rest rooms and hot showers are easily accessible. Call (800) 326-3521 or go to Reserve America for reservations.
  • LODGING: Three duplex cabins are furnished with accommodations for 6 people per cabin. Linens and utensils are provided. Call (800) 326-3521 or go to Reserve America for reservations.
  • KAYAKING: Explore the waters in one of the stable sit-on-top Ocean Kayaks. Navigation is possible around the entire island and offers a quiet, peaceful tour.
  • BICYCLING: On your own bike, cruise the park's more than 3-1/2 mile hard surface road that runs the length of Bahia Honda.
  • FISHING: Tarpon fishing in the area rates among the best in the state. Charter boats and guides are generally available for hire during tarpon season. Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida. All fishing within the park must conform to the regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. Spearfishing, possession of spearfishing equipment and collection of tropical fish (by any method) is prohibited inside the park. Collection of live shells & Queen conchs are prohibited.
  • SWIMMING: Bahia Honda has some of the best beaches in the Florida Keys, with swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay.
  • GIFT SHOP: Located in the main concession building, our gift shop offers a wide range of merchandise, from souvenirs and snorkeling equipment to T-shirts and sportswear. Take home a lasting memory of your trip to Bahia Honda State Park and the fabulous Florida Keys.
  • SNACK BAR: Located in the main concession building, the snack bar has a broad menu which includes pizza, deli sandwiches, salads, ice cream and more.
  • PARK PROGRAMS: Throughout the year, programs are offered to park visitors on a wide range of natural and cultural history subjects. Guided tours are offered seasonally or upon request by individuals and groups.

Awesome spot!

This is a must-experience park. Aside from having the nicest beach on the keys, it's a nature lovers paradise.

We rented kayaks from them and found it to be an affordable and beautiful experience.

We also went out for the Looe Key snorkelling trip. The crew, were highly professional and safety-oriented.

The snorkelling at the reef was top notch. However, if it was by far the deepest water I've been in on a Keys snorkelling tour (roughly 30 feet)

White beaches for sunset and sunrise

This state park offers several beaches for walking or swinmming in the sea.

There is opportunity for enjoying both sunset and sunrise provided you want to keep up with waking up early and fighting moskitos in the evenings.

The campside is great and offers cabins if you book early.

On Friday evening there is a very nice opportunity for watching the stars since there is a group of astronomically very keen people gathering on the north beach for watching the skys with great telescopes, Thanks you guys!

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Best Beach in the Keys!

The Gulf side at Bahia Honda State Park is by far the nicest beach we seen in the Florida Keys!

The water is clear and there is a nice sand beach with pavilions and you can look out over a bridge of the Overseas Highway as well as an old railroad bridge no longer in use.

There is a snack bar and gift shop and they also rent all kinds of things for the water including snorkeling gear.

The Atlantic side beach was covered with seaweed and not the best for swimming. There were people snorkeling there though.

Bahia Honda - Hiking Nature Trail

The park has three nature trails.

  1. The Silver Palm Trail is located at the southeast end of the island in Sandspur and there is a self-guided brochure available.
  2. The other trail is located on the southwest end of the island in the Calusa area and leads you to the top of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge. Along the sides of the trail you may see several butterfly species. The view is spectacular; from the top of the bridge you can see the entire island. You have a bird’s-eye-view of the water below. You may see large rays or fish jumping. If the water is clear, you can see fish and sea turtles swimming beneath the surface.
  3. Or, take a leisurely stroll through the Wings and Waves Butterfly Garden located near the Loggerhead parking lot. This small garden was planted in 1998 after the winds from Hurricane Georges destroyed the vegetation in this area.
bahia-honda-38-sand-spurbahia-honda-38-sand-spur beach site Another great beach campsite

Bahia Honda - Camping Boat

Boat slips are available for overnight rental and include water, electricity, full use of park facilities (bathhouse, showers, trash disposal and pump-out).

The marina includes 19 slips in a protected basin. The marina is a designated Clean Marina, with a pump out.

The charge is $2.00/ foot with a $30.00 minimum. Reservations are recommended. Call (305) 872-3210 or VHF Channel 16 or visit Bahia Honda Park for more information. There is a 3.5 foot controlling depth.

Spend a relaxing and unforgettable afternoon on one of our two fabulous award winning beaches, Calusa Beach adjacent to the Bahia Honda Bridge or the beautiful mile long Sandspur BeachSpend a relaxing and unforgettable afternoon on one of our two fabulous award winning beaches, Calusa Beach adjacent to the Bahia Honda Bridge or the beautiful mile long Sandspur Beach, located just north of the park entrance

Bahia Honda - Canoeing and Kayaking

Safe and stable sit-on-top Ocean Kayaks are available for rent at the concession.

You may also bring your own kayak or canoe and launch it from either Loggerhead parking lot on the ocean side or the boat ramp on the Gulf side.

Enjoy a quiet, relaxing paddle in the waters around the park. Remember, for the safety of swimmers, kayaks and canoes are not permitted in designated buoyed swimming areas.

bahia_honda_caloosa_beachSpend a relaxing and unforgettable afternoon on one of our two fabulous award winning beaches, Calusa Beach adjacent to the Bahia Honda Bridge or the beautiful mile long Sandspur Beach, located just north of the park entrance

Best beach park ever

Each year in the spring, we come and spend two weeks here camping on the beach. Sunning, fishing, kayaking and just relaxing. Park rangers are great and usually the weather is cooperative


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