Bahia Honda State Park, one of Florida's southernmost state parks, is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the Florida Keys! It also has the best beaches anywhere in the Keys.
One of the most iconic photo of the park is the old Bahia Honda railroad bridge. The bridge was originally built by Henry Flagler as part of the Overseas Railroad in 1912.
A photo of the old bridge surround by palm trees and beautiful blue water is what caught my attention when I was looking for places to visit in Florida.
The park has three beautiful white sandy beaches . Calusa ,located on the bay side of the island, is a small beach with a great view of the old bridge. It's great for swimming, but there is a strong current as you get close to the channel.
Loggerhead beach, located on the south side of the island, is the shallowest beach. It is popular for the large shallow sand bar just off the shore. It is calm and great for children.
Sandspur ,located on the southeast end of the island, is the largest beach. This is usually the least crowded. This is one of the few beaches in the Keys that you can find sea shells and sponges. I was really excited to find several basket sponges on our last visit!
We had read on the internet that this was a good place to snorkel from the beach. The guy at the park entrance told us that snorkeling was good anywhere in the park. We snorkeled a little, but there is really not much to see except grass and a few fish. It was great place for my son, who had never snorkeled before, to practice, but I would recommend taking a snorkeling trip to Looe Key.
Snorkeling tours to Looe Key are available through the park concession.
Daily departures are 9:30am, 1:30pm and 4:45pm.
Children (under 18) $24.95
Camping and lodging are available at the park.
36850 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year.
$8* per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$2* Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
$4* Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.