With an enticing strand named one of the best beaches in America, Bahia Honda State Park has long tempted travelers to slip out of their shoes and into the sand.
Location: Bahia Honda Key
Fees: $4-8 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Pets are not permitted on beaches
5/2018 update: The marina and moorings remain closed from damage from Hurricane Irma. Snorkeling tours have resumed. Loggerhead Beach, Sandspur Beach, and Sandspur Campground remain closed, Buttonwood and Bayside Campgrounds are open. Calusa Beach has reopened for day use.
The old Overseas Highway used to slice right through the park; now, it’s the park road, leading to a series of beaches and trails, including a portion of the former railroad bridge that hangs eerily over the channel.
A bountiful place for botanical study, the park contains more than 150 species of native plants, including the largest known stand of Florida silver palms. Cabins, campgrounds, and a marina entice many to stop and stay a few days to enjoy sun and snorkeling, swimming and sea kayaking, and extended excursions to the Looe Key Marine Sanctuary for scuba diving the reefs.
Explore the park
- Silver Palm Trail - Along the Silver Palm Trail at Bahia Honda State Park, you'll meander through the largest grove of silver palms (Coccothrinax argentata) in the United States.