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Bahia Honda State Park Campgrounds
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Sandspur is the place to camp!!! Although It is really a shame that sites that appeared booked in the reservation system, seat empty for 2-3 nights in a row. These sites are very popular and people book them way ahead of time but when the time comes, campers don't show up and the park staff don't follow up on the status of the reservation as they should.
Stay away from Bayshore and Buttonwood if you want to enjoy nature (vegetation is scarce), and not being surrounded by RV's and lots of people!
If you can't get into Sandspur, better drive 30 miles north as I did, and camp at Long Key State Park!!!! All campsites are waterfront and campfires are permitted. Actually, I wish I knew earlier!!! Because the Park is undergoing renovations, they are not in the Reserve America system (although they will be back soon) and only taking walk-ins. Out of over 60 sites, less than 20 were occupied. Wildlife is thriving since the park has been so quite. The beach is not as nice as Sandspur though.
Enjoy your trip!!!

Room Tip: sandspur sites 62 to 72
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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9  Thank Loreta C
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

We managed to get one night here on a 5 week road trip and WOW! What a place! We spent most of our time there flopped on the beach, exploring the bridge, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling, which was a treat for us Northwesterners. The campground was really nice - our site even had a view of the water. It was very quiet and the bathrooms were really clean. The rangers at check-in were really helpful and funny, as was the guy at the equipment rental desk. He gave us lots of good information about tides, weather, snorkeling, etc. Good internet at the concession stand as well. We loved our stay here and will definitely be back next time we're in Florida! It was hands down our favorite place in the keys!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Hennygang
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Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Love love love this place 2nd time we've been able to stay here stayed in cabin 4 I couldn't ask for anything better. Easy check in great people, just a beatiful place to stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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7  Thank waterbug4life
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

I've camped here twice now... Once in April, then came back on a whim for Memorial Day weekend when some sites had opened up. How lucky was that?!

Let me begin by saying, the seaweed isn't as bad as everyone says it is.. It's natural and I don't understand why everyone is freaking out over it. When we went kayaking, I walked right right through it a couple of times BAREFOOT while launching/pulling in, and guess what? I'm FINE and still have all my toes! ;) Wear water shoes and you'll be even more fine, I promise (also advisable because of the rocks/coral - your feet will thank you). The smell is slightly offensive at first, but hardly noticeable after a few minutes.

Now that's out of the way, you have to know that this park is heaven on earth. I'm terrified of deep water, but I took the plunge (literally) and went on the snorkeling tour. If you've never been, you really cannot miss out on this. Once you brave the jump off the boat, you feel like you're swimming in a magnificent aquarium! We saw EVERY color and size of fish and coral imaginable, and even a nurse shark. What a cool experience!!

While kayaking, we saw a MASSIVE stingray, about 4-5 feet wide! Elegant creature! We even stopped at an island and explored it for a while, combing for shells.

The campsites here are wonderful. I've stayed in the bay and sandspur campsites.
- The sandspur campsites look like they were carved right out of the lush green trees and feel VERY private, even though they are pretty close together. You can take off your shoes in the sandspur campsites, because they're mostly sand, and some sites on that loop look out toward the beach/ocean, which is amazing.
- The bay campsites are open, with less privacy, but you can watch the sunset over the bay, which is fantastic. We made dinner, brought our chairs out over the railing (shhh) directly by the water, and watched the sunset. The water is crystal clear, calm, and full of sea life. I personally think the bay sites are just as beautiful as the sandspur! They're also much quieter because there are only 5 or 6 of them. :) The sites are (naturally) very rocky, like most of the Keys, however, so you have to wear your shoes.

I also have to say that the staff here is marvelous - both the rangers and the concession staff. We decided to stay an extra night on our first trip because we loved it so much, but we had to switch campsites, all the way from BAY to SSC. We had a vase of yellow flowers sitting on the table at the bay site, and the rangers surprised us by having the vase of flowers sitting on the table to greet us at the sandspur site. VERY sweet!!!

On our last night at Bahia Honda, we took a nighttime stroll down the main road, adjacent to the beach. There were sounds of the ocean and thunder in the distance, a cool breeze, heat lightning far offshore, and fireflies swirling around the trees. Yep, this is definitely my favorite place... Ever. :)

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank Savannah V
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

When we were there, the entire beach was covered in dead sea grass that had washed ashore. It was about two feet high and covered most of the beach, and much of the water area as well. The only beach not affected was the one between the two bridges. Even with all of that, this is a great park with beautiful views, an interesting history, and great facilities. Worth the $9 entrance fee.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank copper2839
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Great place to spend the day or to go camping. Beaches are natural and areas have lots of seaweed at times. Its an entire KEY that is the park. Snorkel boat goes out twice a day. BBQ and picnic areas. Great place for pics too! Check it out you will love it.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank chrisloff
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Clean and beautiful. Non-commercialized. A must see in the keys. Didn't camp here, just enjoyed sitting and walking on the beach, so I can't speak for the facilities, but the beach itself was perfect.

Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
1  Thank sweetsinclaire
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Additional Information about Bahia Honda State Park Campgrounds

Address: 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043-3517
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Big Pine Key
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Big Pine Key
Price Range: $100 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Three camping areas in the park provide space for tents and RVs. Some sites are available by advance booking; others are on a first-come, first-served basis. Three cabins are also available and usually are booked well in advance. ... more   less 
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