You'll find Bahia Honda State Park nestled in the heart of the Florida Keys at mile marker 37, a paradise that encompasses over 500 acres.
There, you can relax on the shores of the best beach in the Florida Keys—and one of the best in the United States. The park’s Calusa Beach, adjacent to the Bahia Honda Bridge, curves around emerald hued waters.
But the beautiful mile long Sandspur Beach, located just north of the park entrance, is the park’s renowned star. America’s foremost beach expert, ‘Dr. Beach,’ even named it as a former national winner.
Catch a glimpse of the underwater world on a snorkeling tour to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. This daily-operated snorkeling tour features a spectacular reef, brimming with plentiful Elkhorn and massive Star coral, as well as abundant marine life. Daily departures are 9:30 a.m. and/or 1:30 p.m. Each trip promises 1.5 hours of snorkeling. Make an online reservation or call 305-872-3210 for further information.
And make sure to ditch your shoes. The soft sand and warm waters are pleasing to both the eyes and the toes.
Hiking is yet another way to enjoy the island.
You can enjoy soaring views of the island from the trail overlooking the broken bridge.
At the top, the old broken bridge will take away your breath.
If you like to camp, let the sound of the surf lull you to sleep when you camp by the shore. Three camping areas within the park provide a total of 80 campsites for both tent and RV campers. The rest rooms and hot showers are easily accessible. Call (800) 326-3521 or go to Reserve America for reservations.
Of course you'll want a momento of your visit. Scoop up treasures in the gift shop. Located in the main concession building, the shop offers a wide range of merchandise, from souvenirs and snorkeling equipment to T-shirts and sportswear.
All photos by Lauren Tjaden for VISIT FLORIDA.
If you go…
Bahia Honda State Park
36850 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043