Bahia Honda State Park

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About Bahia Honda State Park

Heaven on Earth is located at mile marker 37 of the Overseas Highway. We talk a big talk, but Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys lives up to the hype with sugar-white sand, shallow turquoise water, and a range of rare wildlife -- from teensy tiny Miami blue butterflies to the mighty loggerhead turtle. Come for the sea breezes and stay for the snorkeling; we recommend hopping on a park-operated boat to go explore the spectacular reefs at Looe Key. Don’t forget your bike, kayak, or SUP for some more adventurous fun. And if you get hungry, just hook a Tarpon; a fish that big will feed you for days. Life’s easy in the Keys -- and especially beautiful at Bahia Honda.

Campgrounds in Bahia Honda

Sandspur Campground

1. Sandspur Campground

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Chill out among the trees at Sandspur Campground, nestled in a hardwood hammock on the Atlantic side of the island. Campsites are small here, so...

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Buttonwood Campground

2. Buttonwood Campground

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Located on the Gulf side of the island, this campground is paved with gravel, making it a good spot for RVs (up to 71 feet in length) and pop ups....

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Alexander: Book in advance. Well in advance. That said they often have walk up camping available.
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Bayside Campground

3. Bayside Campground

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Mirror mirror on the wall, which campsite is the smallest, cutest and coziest of them all? Why Bayside Campground of course! With only eight sites...

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Penny: Campsites book within a minute of reservation opening 11 months before your trip 8:00 am EST
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History of Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda Key is home to one of Florida’s southernmost state parks. The channel between the old and new Bahia Honda bridges is one of the deepest natural channels in the Florida Keys. The subtropical climate throughout the Florida Keys has created a natural environment found nowhere else in the continental U.S. Many plants and animals in the park are rare and unusual, including marine plant and animal species of Caribbean origin.

The park has one of the largest remaining stands of the threatened silver palms. Specimens of the silver palm and the yellow satinwood, found in the park, have been certified as national champion trees. The rare, small-flowered lily thorn may also be found in the park.

The geological formation of Bahia Honda is Key Largo limestone. It is derived from a pre-historic coral reef similar to the present day living reefs off the Keys. Because of a drop in sea level several thousand years ago, portions of this ancient

reef emerged from the sea, forming islands. Bahia Honda is the southernmost key where the formation is exposed.

In more modern times, the park was part of Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railway holdings. The railroad remains were converted into what is known today as U.S. Highway 1. Presently, the Old Bahia Honda Bridge serves as a reminder
of Flagler’s dream. A section of the old bridge offers visitors a panoramic view of the island and surrounding waters.

Since the initial aquisition of the first 13 acres of the park in 1961, Bahia Honda has become well- known as a recreational treasure.