Discover Keys Beaches And Camping At Bahia Honda Florida State Park
Bahia Honda Florida State Park is one of the finest facilities of its kind that you will find in the Keys, or for that matter the mainland. It occupies around 500 acres and was once part of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway project that began in 1905. A newer bridge now serves travelers on U.S. 1, but at the park a portion of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge has been preserved and offers visitors a dramatic viewing post overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay.
With miles of some of the best Atlantic Keys beaches, the park offers outstanding swimming, snorkeling and beachcombing. Additionally overnight lodging is available, Keys camping sites, bicycling, fishing, picnicking, kayaking and there is a marina. It is a widely utilized Florida State Park among Keys vacation visitors and residents alike.
NAVIGATION ALONG BAHIA HONDA CHANNEL
Bahia Honda Channel is one of the deepest natural passages in the Keys and it is a good choice for moving between the Atlantic waters and Florida Bay, unless you are a sailboat or other vessel that requires more than 20 feet of clearance. The newly constructed bridge is fixed at this vertical clearance, however, the good news is a portion of the old bridge has been cut away to allow boats into an anchorage between the spans with access to the park. This anchorage can be a bit rough in some weather conditions, and it is worth noting that the current can be extremely swift. Another anchorage on the bayside may be more protected, depending upon wind direction and strength.
ASHORE AT BAHIA HONDA STATE PARK
The park is ideally suited for just relaxing along the beach shores under the shade of a palm tree or sunbathing in the sand. Because of the shallow waters surrounding much of the park, it is perfect for snorkeling and swimming from the shore. The flats found along the shoreline are great for the wading fly fisherman. Keys bonefish and flats fishing is extremely popular. To learn the best angling techniques, charter one of the many Keys fishing guides specializing in this sport.
The park Keys marina does provide dockage for transient boats in a well-protected harbor with 30 amp electricity, waste pump out and water. A concession building is a short walk and here you will find bait and tackle, a limited supply of groceries, gifts, a snack bar and ice. A tour boat offers daily snorkeling trips to Looe Key reef which is one of the most visited Keys snorkeling sites. Another marina accepting transients is Sunshine Key, immediately to the northeast.
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