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Bahia Honda State Park and Beach
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Derry, New Hampshire
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35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Lovely Beach”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

This park trip was one of our favorite days...in fact we visited in the beginning of the day and again at the end of the same day on our way back form Key West. We strolled, swam, and soaked up the sun enjoying the white sand, the clear green waters. Later in the day we visited the butterfly garden and had fun with the iguanas in the garden. We enjoyed the views of the old bridge and got some great pictures. Highly recommend taking in the beach if you get to the area.

Visited April 2014
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Genoa, Italy
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“Beatiful state park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

Probably the best beach you can get in the Keys. Plus, the old bridge is great to walk and take some pictures. It's definitely worthwhile to stop there while visiting the Keys.

Visited March 2014
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Lakeville, Minnesota
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“Snorkeling equipment available to rent/purchase”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2014

We drove down from Fort Lauderdale to spend the day - about a 3 hour drive. It was the end of April and the water was warm and excellent. We didn't want to go on a snorkeling tour but were excited to see that you can just rent snorkel equipment for the day as well. You will be purchasing your actual snorkel but you rent the mask and fins. They have wet/semi dry/dry snorkel available for purchase starting around $10. We asked the persons at the rental desk for advice and they were very helpful in giving direction as to where to snorkel. We found fish exactly where they told us to look. The water was fairly cloudy when we went because of the waves and also because it was later in the day but you could still see the fish very well. My recommendation is to go earlier in the day as you have to get the equipment back to the rental building by 4:30 p.m. We also spent time just walking the beach on east side of the island, beautiful and you can walk out a long way into the ocean and only be up to your knees (at least around 5 p.m.).

Visited April 2014
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Central Florida
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71 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Great Snorkeling Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

I reserved a snorkeling trip and used a coupon online. Morning trip is best (less crowded). I found the operator from the park fun, professional and helpful. The ranger was great too at check-in. She told me great spots for sunsets, best hikes, and marked the map. Service with a smile!. Nice park. I think this is one where you need a code to get to campground. Only negative was closed bathroom until 9:05 am...and boat checkin was 9:10. Did not find wifi at concession area.

Visited April 2014
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Cloquet, Minnesota
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“Take the time to stop….”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2014

Being from Minnesota, we are land-locked and were really looking for the classic "Florida Beach" experience when we spent the week in the Florida Keys. We stayed in Marathon, which is not too far away from Bahia Hondo State Park. It was just beautiful and not too busy. We found that even though the Keys are Florida,there really were not too many long beaches around, I guess we expected more. Don't get me wrong, for what we expected or didn't expect, we found so many fun things to do, but this beach was a real gem. When we drove in we saw a very large fish "patrolling" the shallow waters, but were so happy to have seen them. We spent a great day near the middle of the park walking out to a wonderful sandbar, and just looking at all the shells. There were bathrooms and changing areas nearby. We got our first exposure to jellyfish, and I would warn anyone who is not used to them, to be careful, they just appear. We took a detour to the old bridge and the park station where we saw manatees in the water, getting fresh water from a docked boat. It was great. If you are just passing through--stop for a few minutes. If you are looking for a place to spend a day, stop and enjoy your day.

Visited March 2014
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