As the sun sets and the stars fill the night sky, the island of Bahia Honda becomes a magical place. During the day most folks are gazing upon the beautiful water or swimming in the sapphire waters, the night time will offer you a chance to discover the night sky above. Campers and overnight marina guests are encouraged to wander up the Old Bahia Honda bridge, walk the shorelines, or just lay back in their lounge chair and take in the astonishing night sky.
It is a little known fact that Bahia Honda is the darkest location for stargazing in the Florida Keys. Twice a month Bahia Honda State Park hosts two stargazing programs.
The Friday night program is hosted by the Florida Keys Astronomy Club and our very own park ranger, Jay Elliot. The local club sets up telescopes for campers to view the galaxies, constellations, nebulas, and so much more. Each of these club members is very knowledgeable and you are sure to see and learn something new about the universe.
Saturday night programs lead campers up on the Old Bahia Honda bridge for viewing with the naked eye while volunteer Tom Wardlaw gives you insights to the importance of dark skies and how you can help. The program schedules vary based on the moon phase, generally occurring nearest the new moon and the 1st quarter moon.
Please call 305-872-2353 for dates and times. Overnight guests only.