Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda State Park is located on
Bahia Honda Key. The entrance is
The channel between the old and new Bahia Honda bridges is one of the deepest natural channels in the Florida Keys. Bahia Honda 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.
Many plants in the park are rare and unusual, including marine plant and animal species of Caribbean origin. Trees in the community include the yellow satinwood, gumbo limbo and silver palm. The park has one of the largest remaining stands of the threatened silver palms in the United States. A specimen of the silver palm and the yellow satinwood have been certified as national champion trees. Also found on the park grounds is the endangered small-flowered lily-thorn. These, and other natural wonders, may be viewed along the nature trail that follows the shore of a tidal lagoon at the far end of Sandspur Beach.
In more modern times, the park was part of Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway holdings. The railroad to Key West was started in 1905 and was jokingly referred to as "Flagler's Folly." It was eventually completed in 1912 but later destroyed by a hurricane in 1935. The railroad remains were converted into what is known today as U.S. Highway 1. Presently, the Old Bahia Honda Bridge serves as a reminder of Flagler's dream. The bridge offers visitors a panoramic view of the island and surrounding waters.
Since the initial purchase of the first 13 acres of the park in 1961, Bahia Honda has become well-known as a recreational treasure in the Keys.
Calendar of Events
Enjoy an evening under the stars while watching a slide presentation at our beautiful campfire circle on the ocean. Programs include information on local plants, animals, sea life and history. Park entrance fee.
Visit our Nature Center to learn more about the park. We have a sea life display and several environmental activities to explore. A park ranger or volunteer will be available to answer your questions at the information desk. Park entrance fee.
Join a park ranger for a guided walk along the Silver Palm Trail. View one of the largest remaining stands of endangered silver palms in the Florida Keys, as well as undisturbed mangrove and dune communities. Reservations required. Walks limited to 15 people. Park entrance fee.
History Of The Overseas Railway
Meet a park ranger at the Old Bahia Honda Bridge to hear about the fascinating history of Henry Flagler and the Florida East Coast Railway - Key West Extension. Park entrance fee.
There are three camping areas in the park
You can rent kayaks and explore
Location Looe Key Reef
The park has more than 3-1/2 mile hard
Saltwater fishing licenses are required in Florida.