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Bahia Honda State Park and Beach

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I had a blast. The cabins are situated in a peaceful area surrounded by water. We took the boat out and enjoyed the beaches and snorkeling

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ivonne S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a longtime visitor since 1971 I revisited on Nov 13 for a day just to examine the park and assess the damage from Irma. Kudos to the staff for their hard work and determination to make the best of a tragic situation as Irma...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Bestbeachinthekeys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here after a long trip and finally found the beauty that I was longing for on my way to Key West. I really loved the water. It s a small area and great for a short stop to bathe in the water. In...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 844mareenm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to this park 25 years ago and it was amazing. I just walked around now and Irma really hit this place hard. Water is still nice but the beach has really eroded badly. Very disappointed.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Douglas M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had not visited here pre-Irma, but what I saw this visit was still pretty amazing. I understand that the beach rehabilitation may limit access somewhat to the sand and water, but that is a small price to pay to keep this area available and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank classicdj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful park with lots of parking and water-front. Restrooms might need some work but nice place to swim and see nature. Nice vista view from top of old bridge. Bring water and lost of sunscreen. Nice alternative to Key West.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SixSix2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Now, don't get me wrong. It was ok. It wasn't a top 10 Florida Beach right now, no way. Beach is narrow, sometimes maybe only 20' deep. Lots of seaweed during the time we were there (November 24th 2018). Reasonably clean. Good view and could...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank msadler99
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is my third review of Bahia Honda. The first was pre-Irma and very positive. My second was last year when I reported the IRMA damage. The whole beach is up and running again but a shadow of its former self. Very little sand as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank chazzq
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was unseasonable cool for the keys and quite windy, but this little state park is good in almost any weather. The exception was the recent hurricane that snapped some trees, destroyed some shelters, and damaged the camp ground. Take time to look for wildlife...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ReefWatch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great park, you can swim on either the Atlantic side or Gulf side. We decided on the gulf side due to the sea grass on the Atlantic side. It was $9.00 for 2 people to enter the park which was very reasonable compared to what...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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November 3, 2018|
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Response from gwill1989 | Reviewed this property |
If ever considering harvesting from any of the islands, please consult with a park ranger to see if the lobster season include the regions you plan to visit. Because many islands are recovering, some parts of the islands are... More
October 15, 2018|
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Response from david l | Reviewed this property |
It is not apparantly with dead fish but testing shows that the water still contains contaminants... this happens about every 20 years..
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July 22, 2018|
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Response from 116sibylleb | Reviewed this property |
As far as I can tell everything on Calusa Beach is open. They put up new restrooms, showers and lockers. Of course you still can see some of the devastation, since the vegetation does not grow this fast. The south side... More
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Durham, North Carolina
Florida Key's Road trip was awesome! (3 Replies)
Hey everyone! My husband and I just got back from our RT. 1 roadtrip down the Keys. We had a blast! Here's kind of what we did and would recommend or not recommend from our trip. Day 1 - We took a day to drive the first half of the Keys: Miami to Long Key State Park (mm 67.5). We stopped at the Everglades, History of Diving Museum and Robbie's before setting up our camping site at Long Key State Park. We were underimpressed with Key Largo. However, I do wish we had had the time to go...More
October 02, 2012|
Response fromMartin D|
Lovely to read someone else's perspectives - glad you had a great time and than you for sharing it.
San Francisco, California
Snorkeling in South Florida (2 Replies)
My partner and I are planning a short trip to South Florida in early March, and I need some assistance with narrowing down our activities. We enjoy art, architecture, nature, beaches, etc. We plan to spend a few days in Miami, visit the Everglades and then head down to Key West. We would like to do some snorkeling (and/or go out on a glass-bottom boat), and I have narrowed it down to Biscayne National Park, John Pennekamp State Park, Bahia Honda State Park and the Dry Tortugas. We won't...More
August 13, 2018|
Response fromobjets|
BNP finally replaced their concessionaire and run daily snorkel trips from the park, likely less busy than Pennekamp. We did the four hour snorkel trip from Pennekamp, no complaints excellent though might be busy. Im not aware of a boat trip from Bahia Honda or any near shore snorkeling, they were badly damaged by the storm and have yet to fully recover. Dry Trotugas would require an all day boat trip OR my choice the Sea Plane. Worth it if time and budget allow. Fruit and...More
Quick trip Itinerary comments & suggestions needed (4 Replies)
Hi, I'm looking at making a quick trip to Bahia Honda State Park and the keys. I'll be leaving from the Ft. Lauderdale area (just visiting). I was able to secure a campsite for one night so here's my plan: Drive down super early & spend the day seeing the spots in Key West. See whatever I might need to see between Key West and Bahia (suggestions appreciated) camp overnight at Bahia, spend the next morning there then head back towards Fort Lauderdale. I am fine with long trips...More
April 28, 2014|
Response fromSunryz710|
1 day.. even a full day isn't enough time to see everything! :) Here are some suggestions to get you started.. Start by taking the Trolley Tour which will give you the over all history of Key West while you get to see the sites. You can hop on and off so you can get off and see what you want to see. If you can fit it all in, the below list are all Must Do's!! 1- Hemingway House 2- Truman Little Whitehouse 3- Walk the bight and have a drink somewhere along the way.. Conch Republic,...More