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Fodor's South Florida by Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's South Florida by Fodor's Travel Guides

Author:Fodor's Travel Guides
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Fodor's Travel
Published: 2019-07-01T16:00:00+00:00


Bahia Honda Key

MM 38.5–36.

All of Bahia Honda Key is devoted to its eponymous state park, which keeps it in a pristine state. Besides the park’s outdoor activities, it offers an up-close view of the original railroad bridge.

s Sights

Bahia Honda State Park

NATIONAL/STATE PARK | FAMILY | Most first-time visitors to the region are dismayed by the lack of beaches—but then they discover Bahia Honda Key. The 524-acre park sprawls across both sides of the highway, giving it 2½ miles of fabulous sandy coastline. The snorkeling isn’t bad, either; there’s underwater life (soft coral, queen conchs, random little fish) just a few hundred feet offshore. Seasonal ranger-led nature programs take place at or depart from the Sand and Sea Nature Center. There are rental cabins, a campground, snack bar, gift shop, 19-slip marina, nature center, and facilities for renting kayaks and arranging snorkeling tours. Get a panoramic view of the island from what’s left of the railroad—the Bahia Honda Bridge. MM 37 OS, 36850 Overseas Hwy. 305/872–2353 www.floridas­tateparks.org/​park/​Bahia-Honda $4.50 for single-occupant vehicle, $8 for vehicle with 2–8 people, plus $0.50 per person up to 8.

Beaches

Sandspur Beach

BEACH—SIGHT | Bahia Honda Key State Beach contains three beaches in all—on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Scheduled to reopen in June 2019 after being devastated by Hurricane Irma, Sandspur Beach, the largest, is regularly declared the best beach in the Florida Keys, and you’ll be hard-pressed to argue. The sand is baby-powder soft, and the aqua water is warm, clear, and shallow. With their mild currents, the beaches are great for swimming, even with small fry. Amenities: food and drink; showers; toilets; water sports. Best for: snorkeling; swimming. MM 37 OS, 36850 Overseas Hwy. 305/872–2353 www.florid­astate­parks.org/​park/​Bahia-Honda $4.50 for single-occupant vehicle, $9 for vehicle with 2–8 people.

h Hotels

Bahia Honda State Park Cabins

$ | RENTAL | Elsewhere you’d pay big bucks for the wonderful water views available at these cabins on Florida Bay. Each of three cabins has two, two-bedroom units with a full kitchen and bath and air-conditioning (but no television, radio, or phone). Pros: great bay-front views; beachfront camping; affordable rates. Cons: books up fast; area can be buggy. Rooms from: $163 MM 37 OS, 36850 Overseas Hwy. 305/872–2353, 800/326–3521 www.reserveamerica.com 6 cabins No meals.

a Activities

Bahia Honda Dive Shop

SCUBA DIVING | The concessionaire at Bahia Honda State Park manages a 19-slip marina; rents wet suits, snorkel equipment, and corrective masks; and operates twice-daily offshore-reef snorkel trips. Park visitors looking for other fun can rent kayaks and beach chairs. MM 37 OS, 36850 Overseas Hwy. 305/872–3210 www.bahiahondapark.com Kayak rentals from $10 per hr; snorkel tours from $30.



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