Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Malte K
    79 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views
    Went there with great expectations on our way up the Florida Keys. I wouldn’t rate it one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, but it’s a slice of paradise though. The Atlantic-sided beaches weren’t favourable during our stay. But going up to the sand spur beach area, there’s another small beach looking towards overseas highway. That one’s nice and calm. Easy swim, not much sea grass. And has some infrastructure during the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • 2doglady
    Tennessee995 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    If You Don’t Like Crowds, Then ….
    If you don’t like crowds, then December might just be the time for you to visit Bahia Honda State Park.. It was so quiet and peaceful when we went in December. There is an admission fee to enter, but you can leave and return the same day with your receipt. There are camping spots here and a lovely small beach. We were not camping. We just popped in to see the park as we were driving to Key West. In Key West, December is not that cold … not sure I would swim here in December but camping would still be nice.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Colleen C
    Troy, New York2,464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beaches at a Natural State
    $4 Per Person to get into this state park which holds 3 beaches, plenty of car parking, visitor center, eateries, hiking trails and a marina. The beach is kept natural to keep the ecosystem and the habitats safe; this means kelp, garbage and Man-o-Wars litter the beach. They are pretty beaches BUT Watch your step!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 January 2024
  • vhash77
    North Wilkesboro, North Carolina1,088 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great State Park
    So thankful we stopped at this State Park while traveling the Keys. I originally thought I would be able to see the Seven Mile Bridge and take photos of it in the background -not realizing that there was another set of bridges at this location. We drove through the beautiful state park, found the 2 other bridges, walked out as far as we could on the bridge connecting to the old railroad bridge. This is very beautiful state park, with several areas to access the Gulf and Ocean. It's worth the stop to visit and see the other bridges created by Henry Flagler. Per the website there are many activiites that can be done at this state park - we were just driving through on a day trip.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 February 2024
  • nursebec
    Vancouver, Washington323 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see!
    So gorgeous, large and well maintained! Just beautiful there. We were there years ago after a hurricane and it was so sadly destroyed and deserted. Now it’s such a wonderful place to camp or spend the day. Clean bathrooms, dreamy water, plenty of space for everyone. It’s worth a stop!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 February 2024
  • Maloneys2
    Lewes, Delaware27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful afternoon at the park
    Many different beaches available at the park. One is sandy with a roped swimming area. Others are mostly gravel, but have a shallow swim area. The park is beautiful- full of wildlife and fish swimming by you in the water. There is a shop that rents kayak and umbrellas as well selling food such as hamburgers, hot dogs and ice cream. There are restrooms, outdoor showers and changing areas. It is a lovely place to spend the day.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 March 2024
  • 46oceangirl
    Westford, Massachusetts1,699 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice State Park and beach!
    This park is huge. You pay per person, $9 for the two of us. Free to park. We went right and sat at the beach for a good 4 hours. Yes there is seaweed on shore but the water is clear and warm. To go to a bigger beach, go left to Sandspar, the better of all the beaches. More sandy bottom, sand, less seaweed onshore. Bigger area to spread out and not sit on other people. They have a snack shack, bathrooms etc. You can launch paddleboards, kayaks and a lot of people snorkeling. It was a great way to spend a few days by the water in the keys!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Martha H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend a day in the Keys.
    Beautiful beaches, a marina, and an old railroad bridge to take in the views. There are restrooms, a gift shop, and a concession stand. We were lucky enough to see a manatee in the marina. We spent an entire day here and will definitely be back. Go early to avoid frustration of looking for parking.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2024
  • Cindy A
    136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A have to go!!
    Gorgeous beach and park. We spent the day exploring, swimming, and chilling on the beach. The water was so inviting, the winds were high so we didn't attempt going snorkeling...but we will be back. Definitely recommend you stop if you are in the area or passing through.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
  • Rpgess
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem of a charter service right out of the state park!
    Snorkel charter to looe reef was outstanding, affordable and well explained. Captain and Michelle were thorough, safety oriented and encouraging to both novice and experienced snorkelers. The ride there and back is amazing, the view underwater is stunning and almost unreal. This was the highlight of our experience of the keys, and we almost missed it all together, we only learned of the opportunity when we were renting an umbrella for the beach. This is a must do!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 May 2024
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Kayla Cason
Hammond, LA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
This is a gem! We went there to practice snorkeling, to relax and swim! Parking was adequate, bathrooms were pristine, and the little convenience store was great. There were outdoor showers, which we loved. We went kind of early in the morning, so by noon people were more abundant. Still a great place for families or couples. The water was perfect!
Written 17 September 2020
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Bruce-JAX
Key West, FL75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Bahia Honda State Park is a clean relaxing beach experience. We had six adults and a teen and the car fee was $11.50. You can pay your entry fee by credit card, or cash. However, due to COVID if you pay in cash, any change due will be considered as a donation to the park. Masks are required when talking to a ranger or while inside any of the public places. I drove up to the gate and the door was closed, until I put on my mask, then the ranger opened the door and provided very friendly service. There were plenty of picnic tables to choose from, many offered shade. You have the choice of being on the Atlantic side, a little rocky or the gulf side with a nice r, both were clean. Since the park offers a limited concession menu, I recommend that you bring your lunch,. The only "Fast Food" places are on Marathon Key or Key West. Big Pine has a few sit down restaurants. If you must leave the Park, on your way out, ask for a Password, so you can reenter without paying an additional fee. A good place to enjoy the sun, beach, and the very clean and friendly Park services.
Written 9 October 2020
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PopeyeD
Rockaway Park, NY584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Exceptional Customer Service!!

We had booked the 1:30 pm 2 1/2 hour snorkel tour of Looe Key out of Bahia Honda for a Thurs. afternoon. The day before, a woman from the State Park was kind enough to call and stated that they were cancelling our trip due to little to no underwater visibility because of the recent offshore hurricanes. She allowed us to reschedule for that Friday or Saturday. We picked Sat. at 1:30pm. (I'm pretty sure most private charter companies would have not been so forthcoming about the low visibility and would have taken us out anyway).

We arrived before 12 noon to check in and to rent fins and some snorkel gear for some of our family. Rates for the rentals and the snorkel trip are super reasonable. We then ordered a few turkey sandwiches from the snack bar and ate them across the road at one of the picnic tables by the beach. I swam with my son to see if we could find any fish using the snorkel equipment that we already had. We spotted a few right where the seagrass begins in the shallow water.

We boarded our snorkel boat, the "Sundance", right on time. Our crew consisted of Captain Brian and Zack who were both incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Zack put my wife at ease after they had announced that there hadn't ben a trip where someone hadn't spotted a shark. He explained that there had never been an unprovoked shark attack out at Looe Key and that we would be fine. (He was right - we spotted 2 reef sharks while snorkeling and it was pretty cool).

Upon arrival at the reef, the sky suddenly turned dark in the distance. Captain Brian and Zack told us that they would delay our entry into the water due to possible lightning, but once the storm passed they would still allow us the same snorkel time as long as no-one minded returning to the dock later then expected. Everyone on our boat agreed and the storm passed in about 10-15 minutes.

Besides the reef sharks we saw 2 Goliath Groupers, Parrot Fish, and several Sergeant Majors . My son said he spotted a Barracuda. I'd say that we were in about 20 feet of water when we saw the reef sharks and they were way beneath us, almost skimming the bottom of the ocean floor.

On our return to Bahia Honda, Captain Brian and Zack stopped to assist two fishermen who were struggling to row a rubber dingy against the tides and wind back to shore. Zack tied them off to the Sundance and Captain Brian carefully towed them back to the beach area. Super nice guys!!

We had a great time on this trip and highly recommend it if in the area.
Written 30 August 2021
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Chris K
Longmont, CO84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Really great day at Bahia Honda. Our snorkel trip was top notch. They only run Tues and Sat right now, with a 930a and 130p offering. You have to call ahead to get a reservation (no online booking). Snorkel gear is good quality and available for a modest charge (including wetsuits, which we used and enjoyed). You'll motor about 20ish minutes out to the reef. It's been very windy lately and the water conditions haven't been great, but for our day it was crystal clear and calm winds. Perfect weather! Saw all sorts of fish, and even a couple sharks. Crew were super helpful and attentive. Bring your own snacks and beverages aboard.

The park itself is clean and facilities are well maintained and fairly priced; staff are friendly. During COVID times you need to arrive early. They said once they get 100 cars in the park they close the gates until they have 50 cars leave (I could be off on the numbers but you get the idea). So we saw the gates open again after lunch for a while. The beach on the Atlantic side is VERY narrow but more expansive; more sand on the Gulf side but it's just a little marina area and less interesting, but as others have said there's lots of grass at the shoreline. I didn't find it terrible; it's part of the nature.

Be sure to walk up the old trestle for a good view. You can't walk out very far though. It's barricaded.
Written 25 March 2021
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lynnita30
New Jersey704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
This State Park has a natural soft powder beach, which is unusual in the Keys. The downside is that it has a lot of dead, washed up sea grass on the shoreline.
But you can step over it , and swim in the warm water. The ocean side beach is very narrow, where the bayside facing one is much wider and more crowded.
Mostly families at that one, with kids playing in the calm, shallow water.
There is an outdoor platform with public showers and 5 small dressing rooms to change in nearby.
An entrance fee of $4.50 per adult, with no discount for seniors.
Written 6 January 2020
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David J
Hollywood, FL3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
1 hour of snorkeling with them turned into a 5 hour day.

We booked online for the 1:30 departure and were told to show up at noon. Sat outside in the heat, right next to the boat which was shaded, but they wouldn’t let us on the boat. At 1:45 we were allowed to line up to get on the boat, at which point they made us stand there while they rattled off a list of instructions like we were a bunch of third graders. Really had the feel of a field trip in elementary school.

They finally let us on the boat, we got another 20 minutes of rules. He kept saying the same stuff over and over, just rephrased, with lame jokes in between. When nobody laughed at his jokes, instead of just scrapping them and moving on with the instructions, he would double down and make more corny jokes. This guy really wanted to be the star of the show.

We finally started moving at 2:05, got out into the harbor and they shut the engine off so they could talk more. After another several minutes of instructions and lame jokes, he said it would be about a 40 minute ride to the reef.

When we finally got there, yet another laundry list of rules and instructions before we could get in the water. The same stuff he’d been saying the entire time, rephrased and re-worded. Basic, common sense type stuff.

The snorkeling was great, the reef was beautiful and we saw a ton of fish and even got to swim with some sharks.

When we got back on the boat, tired, hungry and ready to go back, this guy decided to give us a pop quiz on everything we saw in the water. Nobody was really answering his questions until we all realized we weren’t going to move until we did. It really felt like school.

Overall, even though the snorkeling was great I would not wish this experience on my worst enemy. These people are power hungry control freaks that get off on being in charge of a group
Written 5 September 2021
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Cahouette212
Dijon161 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
terribly disappointed!
this magnificent site is literally overrun with Sargassum algae and park officials do absolutely nothing to clean up the beach. knowing that to have access you will have to pay at the entrance $ 10 for 4 people. So what is this money for if it is not used to maintain this nature reserve? do not hope to bathe, it is impracticable so there are decaying algae ...
Written 29 February 2020
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photoguywisconsin
Oshkosh, WI950 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This park has never been fixed since Hurricane Irma. About half the park remains closed. The existing beaches here do not compare favorably with beaches elsewhere in Florida. During our visit only portable toilets were available. A nearby bathhouse hadn't been completed despite a lengthly construction period. If you have been to Bhia Honda before the hurricane, I suggets you lower you expectations about the park. It's not the same place. The State of Florida is moving very slowly to make the park good again.
Written 5 March 2020
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Travelbug56565
Silver Spring, MD159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The pictures are deceiving. The beach area is no where as large as it appears in all the promo material. We found more beach space at Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West. That said, it is one of the nicest, clearest areas to swim in the keys. Go early, its a small park and they close to new people when it gets full which it does between 12-2 most days. We enjoyed visiting. Walked around to look at different angles of the old derelict railroad bridge. There's a gift shop and a $40 snorkel tour you can book from there, one of the cheapest deals in the Middle Keys. Makes for a good morning out.
Written 5 September 2020
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LonestarSpartan
Chapel Hill, NC725 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We had read the great reviews of Bahia Honda State Park and the snorkeling there, so we decided to take the short drive from Marathon down to check it out on a Sunday (Father's Day). We checked out the couple of beaches which were quite small and because of the wind direction, mostly covered on the shore by seaweed.

The beach to the left, after you enter, was completely covered with seaweed and smelled awful (decaying seaweed which helps with the ecosystem). So, we went to the more popular beach to the right which was fairly crowded with families of locals (you could tell by the beach set ups that they had). We sat for a while and snorkeled a while in the grassy areas around the beach and saw some fish, but not many. We were all quite disappointed.

They have a nice Concession Building where you can buy things to eat, rent water things (kayaks, chairs, umbrellas), or sign up for tours (the tours are not available until probably sometime in July the girl said because they are short on captains). We rented a couple of chairs and umbrellas to help support the park.

They have well kept up bathrooms nearby and also outdoor showers and changing areas.

It's not someplace we would visit again ($10 for the 4 of us to get in), although it's a good cause to support. Just quite a bit less than we had anticipated.
Written 23 June 2022
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