Bahia Honda State Park

November 23, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Lower Keys

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park is located just south west of the 7-mile bridge and just east of Big Pine Key.

The entrance is on the Northbound side of the road and there is a gate that is always manned by a park ranger. There is a fee to enter the park. For example, the fee for a car of 5 is $10.50. Children under 5 are free. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic is $2.50 each.

The park has many facilities including a boat ramp, concession stand, snorkel equipment rental, kayak rental, camp sites, cabin rental and bathroom/shower houses. Upon entrance if you turn toward the right, the boat ramp and camping is the first road. Just beyond that on the main road is the kayak launch and the concession building. There is a gift shop, a place to get food, drinks and sundries like sunscreen, snorkels, masks and towels. You may also rent equipment here to snorkel or rent a kayak to explore the island. There is ample parking beyond the concession building and a beach on one side that faces the newer bridge. This area has a designated swimming area. There are covered cabanas with picnic tables available.

On the other side of the parking lot is the bath house. There are changing areas and bathrooms for men and women and a shower to rinse off outside. Down the path you will find a few areas to go on the Atlantic side of the beach. The main path leads up to the only part of the old Bahia Honda Bridge. This section is open to the public by foot only. The view from atop the old bridge is spectacular!

At the gate you may go left and follow the winding road past a oceanside camp ground that has some parking to an open parking lot with large covered eating areas and grills. There is a bath house with shower here too and beyond it there is another parking lot with more covered areas. The final walkway onto the beach is at the end of this parking lot. This end of the beach tends to be more quiet because it is more difficult to get to. The seaweed can build up here but the park seems to do their best to get rid of it when they can.

If you follow the beach all the way down you might see some kite boarders on a windy day or some fly fisherman stalking bonefish on the flat. At the very end of the island there is a deep channel and sometimes you can find tarpon swimming along the edge.

Looe Key Snorkeling Tours

The Park Concession operates daily snorkeling tours to the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. Featuring one of the most spectacular reefs in the Florida Keys with plentiful Elkhorn and massive Star coral, Looe Key has become a major destination for snorkeling enthusiasts throughout the world.

Daily departures are 9:30am and/or 1:30pm daily. Each trip provides 1.5 hours of snorkeling, plenty of time to explore this fabulous coral reef.

Make an online reservation or call 305 872 3210 for further information. Reservations are recommended for all tours and must be confirmed in person no later than one hour prior to tour time.