36850 Overseas Highway
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043

By  Mike Miller  Updated February 16, 2022

Bahia Honda State Park is well known as a great place to camp in the Florida Keys.  

It is also famous as one of the few really nice beaches in the Keys.  Most beaches down here are made of coral and  uncomfortable to walk on.  Not so the beach here.

Bridge at Bahia Honda State ParkBridge at Bahia Honda State Park
Flickr/Giuseppe Milo

The beach here is natural, not imported, and is of fine white sand gently sloping out into crystal clear waters that are great for swimming and snorkeling. 

If you've been to the Bahamas, these tropical waters will remind you of that enchanted place.

Beach at Bahia Honda State ParkBeach at Bahia Honda State Park
Flickr/Matt Kieffer

Bahia Honda is a tropical island, and was a very remote and difficult place to visit until Henry Flagler's railroad to Key West connected it to the other Keys and made it accessible more than 100 years ago.

It deserves to be on anyone's list of best beaches in Florida.  You can do more than visit the beach if you'd like:  you can go fishing from the shore or launch your boat from the park.

You can also rent kayaks and snorkeling outfits and take a boat trip out to the nearby reefs for some fantastic snorkeling.

Laughing Gull at Bahia Honda State ParkLaughing Gull at Bahia Honda State Park
Flickr/Judy Gallagher

Bahia Honda is also a birdwatcher's paradise. There is a nature center in the park that will educate you about the unusual plants, birds and other animals on the key.

There are also complete facility campsites and camping cabins in the park.

Camping Cabins at Bahia Honda State ParkCamping Cabins at Bahia Honda State Park

For more information about Bahia Honda, please call 305-872-2353. Reservations for all Florida State park campsites must be made through  

There are several fees to consider that you will find on the website:  admission fees, boat ramp fees, camp site fees, camping cabin fees and pavilion rental fees.

Bahia Honda State Park Hours of Operation

Park is open 8:00 AM to sunset 365 days a year.


Big Pine Key, Long Key, Islamorada, Key West, Marathon, Miami

Bahia Honda is between Marathon and Big Pine Key.  You will go through Key Largo and Marathon on your way to the park.

Our Florida Keys Travel Guide gives you complete information for things to do, places to stay, tiki bars, and restaurants from Key Largo to Key West.

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