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“The beach of choice in the lower keys” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bahia Honda State Park and Beach

Bahia Honda State Park and Beach
36850 Overseas Hwy., Bahia Honda Key, Big Pine Key, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
305 872 3210
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Camping, Camping/rv
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Fettercairn, United Kingdom
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“The beach of choice in the lower keys”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Has it all. Great location, superb sand. Loads of birdlife. Good swimming. Beach showers, toilets, change rooms and a cafe to eat at or get your sandwiches made to order and take back to the beach. We were there on a poor weather day as well as sunny and there is still plenty to see and do.

A must to visit as it is just off the main highway after 7 mile bridge. Staff very friendly and helpful.

Visited January 2013
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“great beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

wonderful find...great for camping. Nice beach, picturesque, nice walking trails. Huge place, fishing, kayaking, swimming.

Visited February 2013
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Big Pine Key, Florida
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Great spot to relax. My only complaint is that the weed can be really thick. It would be nice if they could at least make a path in places to get to the water. So worth the visit if you can afford the $4.50 per person fee. Wish they would offer a pass for a week that was reasonable!

Visited February 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The water was clear and beautiful, a little warmer than the ocean. We swam and sunbathed at both Sandspur and Loggerhead beach.

At Loggerhead beach, the water was quite shallow so there were areas where you could lay and sunbathe in the water. The darker areas were where the sea grass was growing. The sand was soft and white. Yes, there was sea grass washed up on the beach, but it wasn't all over. There were plenty of nice spots to lay out and sunbathe. Also, this is a natural, healthy part of the ecology, so I'm glad it wasn't overly manicured. There is a butterfly garden near one of the beaches, but there were actually more butterflies near Sandspur beach.

From Loggerhead, my partner and I kayaked out to a little exposed coral island. Once we were there we felt like we shouldn't have been there, potentially damaging the coral? There was no warning about this. In fact, the kayak rental rep said we could kayak out there but just not to kayak over to the far side of the island as the current was stronger, so I'm not really sure if we were causing a problem...it just felt wrong once we got there. There were thousands of conch shells and barnacles and other microscopic sea life around this little island. It was a fun, vigorous kayak experience, though we were only out for about an hour.

There were people paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, etc. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I only wish we would have been there long enough to have time to see Calusa beach or do some hiking or biking of the trails. We were contemplating camping there sometime in the future.

The entry fee was $10 for a carload of 4 adults. There is a gift shop and concession area.

Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“white sand, cool water”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We enjoyed an excellent day of kayaking around the secluded parts of the island, definetly worth the trip, but pack a lunch because its a long paddle to go all the way around. The beaches did have seaweed but its a state spark so its saposed to be natural not manicured. DUH

Visited February 2013
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