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Key West Parks Bahai Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park         

Bahia Honda State Park is located on Bahia Honda Key. The entrance is
about mile marker 36.5
For camping and cabin reservations call 1-800-326-3521
For general park information call 305-872-2353
or write
 Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key Florida 33043

 This is a State Park so their is a fee to get in. This is by far the
best beaches in the Florida Keys. It actually has little waves which
helps replenish its sandy beaches. People visiting Key West will make
this a full day trip back up the Keys. It is 36 miles from Key West.

Key West Bahia Honda State Park    Key West Bahia Honda State Park

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.

The park, which encompasses 524 acres, includes one small island offshore on the southwest end of the park. The subtropical climate throughout the Florida Keys has created a natural environment found nowhere else in the continental U.S.

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.

The geological formation of Bahia Hondais Key Largo limestone. It is derived from a prehistoric coral reef similar to the present day living reefs of the Keys. Because of a drop in sea level several thousand years ago, portions of this ancient reef emerged from the sea, forming islands. Bahia Honda is the southernmost key where the formation is exposed.


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

Illustrated Talks
Fridays, Dec. -- 8 PM
Bahia Honda State Park

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.

Nature Center
Oct.-Dec., As Announced -- 1-3 PM
(Dates and times subject to change)

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.

Nature Walk
Tuesdays, Dec. -- 11 AM

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
Thursdays, Dec. -- 11 AM

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.

Here you can find all kinds of activities for yourself and the family to do.
Key West

Bahia Honda State Park

There are three camping areas in the park
with 80 campsites for RV campers
and tents. All have access
to rest rooms and showers.
Call 305-872-2353 for reservations


You can rent kayaks and explore
the waters around the entire Island


Bahia Honda State Park

Location Looe Key Reef
Tours Depart Daily
9:00am   12:00 noon    3:00pm  summer
10:00am  2:00pm   rest of year
water time 1 1/2 hours
Adults  $25.95      Kids (under 18)   $20.95
Equipment rental $5.00 with tour


Bahia Honda State Park

The park has more than 3-1/2 mile hard
surface road that runs the length of Bahia Honda.



Bahia Honda State Park

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.


This park has some of the best beaches in the Florida Keys.

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