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Welcome to Bahia Honda State Park located at 36850 Overseas Highway 1 on Big Pine Key. This has to be the most beautiful places to visit in the Florida Keys. Thanks to Henry Flagler's railroad going to Key West, the discovery of this remote island of Bahia Honda has been turned into a stunning tropical destination. The park consists of 524 acres. This is where Bahia Honda Channel meets the Atlantic Ocean. Today the island is home to of Florida's southernmost state parks, known for beautiful beaches, beautiful sunsets, snorkeling, boating, picnicking, swimming, or just relaxing. Above is the entrance to Bahia Honda State Park located at mile marker 37 on the right as you drive south from Marathon after crossing the spectacular Seven Mile Bridge.
Here you can enjoy the cool sea breezes that caress the shore line every day. Anglers can fish from the shore or launch a boat at the boat ramp. The parks visitor center rents kayaks and snorkeling gear and offers boat trips to the reef for snorkeling excursions. Also camping is available and also cabin rentals. If you really want to explore every inch of the park bring your bicycle. It saves time over walking. Bahia Honda is an excellent place to see birds wading in the turquoise water. The nature center can introduce you to the islands unique plants and animals. Full facility campsites and vacation cabins are available here. The maximum stay for camp sites and RV is two weeks. With the cabins, there is a two night minimum and a one week maximum stay.
From the beach at Bahia Honda State Park, this is the view of the old Bahia Honda Bridge. This is on the west side of the park. The left part of the bridge is where you can walk right up to the edge. A great view and spectacular spot for pictures. Many travel magazines have called the beach here the most beautiful in Florida, and even ranked it as one of the most beautiful in the world.
This is the boat ramp area right off the side of the concession building. Here you can rent kayaks and daily snorkel tours. Bahia Honda is a perfect place to bring a lunch and spend the day enjoying beautiful tropical breezes under a large palm tree. Your first trip here will just leave you amazed at how perfect this park is.
The beach at Bahia Honda is beyond amazing for sure. With lots of space for privacy to stroll and lose yourself along the shoreline while feeling the cool breezes run across you. With the beauty of the turquoise water, this is the perfect place to truly enjoy yourself. There are many access areas along here that make it easy to reach and find the perfect spot.
Above is the view from the Bahia Honda Bridge looking south back towards the visitors center and main park area. The beach area here is very popular with visitors, and the shelters along the shoreline are in a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Above is looking west towards Highway 1 with left going south to Key West and right going north towards Marathon. I found this palm tree interesting for my shot.
Above is the canopy area surrounded by sea grapes with the stairs heading to the Bahia Honda Bridge. Just a really cool place that feels like you are going exploring. Signs at the main parking area will direct you here. The historic bridge is the main attraction at the park.
A photo-op on top of the Bahia Honda Bridge is a requirement for everyone. This is looking south back towards the park, but a shot with the water behind you is also amazing. The view from the bridge cannot be matched anywhere in the keys. Yes it is somewhat of a hefty climb to get up here, but if an old dude like me can do it, anyone can. Plus who needs to fly to the Caribbean? The Florida Keys is just as good. Without the hefty price tag.
Without a doubt Bahia Honda State Park is the most visited place in the Florida Keys. Relax, bring your food and a cooler with drinks, because this is a place that you will want to spend the entire day. It is just that amazing. The beach areas are truly awe inspiring. Also the old Bahia Honda Bridge allows for a view that is jaw dropping. I've been visiting the Florida Keys since 1993, and will never get tired of this park. It is just the best.