Experiences & Amenities
Biking is a popular pastime at the park. Take a leisurely ride on the park’s paved road. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
To preserve the natural areas of the park, bicycles are limited to roadways and are not permitted on footpaths, boardwalks or the trail that leads to the top of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge.
Bahia Honda is a very good place to see wading birds and shorebirds. There are shallow sand flats during low tide on the ocean side of the island where the birds feed and rest. A variety of shorebirds including willets, sanderlings, ruddy turnstones, short-billed dowitchers, and plovers can be seen feeding and resting along the shore.
Several species of wading birds may be seen in the park as well, including great white herons, great blue herons, tricolored herons, great egrets, snowy egrets and white Ibis.
During the fall hawk migration from mid-September to mid-November, you will see a variety of hawks soaring overhead. The endangered white-crowned pigeon also can be seen feeding and resting in the poisonwood trees during the summer months.
The concession offers a snorkeling tour that allows all ages to experience the breathtaking beauty of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. For details, visit the Bahia Honda Park's concession website.
Buttonwood (sites #1-48) accommodate a variety of camping rigs from large RVs to small tents. The sites are gravel, making them more suitable for an RV or pop-up. These sites are the largest in the park.
The sites on the water have little shade. They all have electricity, water, a picnic table and grill. There is a bathhouse with restrooms and hot showers, and this area also has a dump station. Waterfront sites are #12-25. Sites #12 and #13 are by the campers marina and #14 is on the channel.
Bayside (sites #73-80) is the smallest campground with only eight sites. All sites in this campground are non-electric.
There is a vehicle height restriction of 6 feet 8 inches. Your vehicle must be able to go under the new Bahia Honda Bridge to access this campground.
All sites have a picnic table, grill and water. Campers have a small restroom nearby and can use the bathhouse with hot showers in the Buttonwood campground, which is a half-mile away.
Hammock camping is designated in campsites #45 and #73.
- Pets are welcome but must be leashed (up to six feet) or confined and under control at all times.
- Maximum RV length = 50 feet
- Sandspur campground is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Irma. There is no projected date for opening this campground.
Sandspur (sites #49-72) is located in a hardwood hammock. The sites are small and have low clearance. Tents can easily fit on all of these sites; pop-ups and small campers less than 14 feet in length and under 8 feet in height are also allowed.
All sites have picnic table, grill and water. Sites 49-56 do not have electricity. Sites #57-72 have electricity. The waterfront sites are #64-72. Due to limited space in this campground, only one vehicle per campsite is allowed. Overflow parking is available in Sandspur day-use area.
- There is no dump station in Sandspur. Guests can use the one at Buttonwood campground.
- Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book online or call 800-326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or TDD 888-433-0287.
Boat slips are available for overnight rental and include water, electricity and full use of park facilities (bathhouse, showers, trash disposal and pump-out). The marina includes 26 boat slips in a protected basin.
The marina is a designated Clean Marina with a pump-out.
- The charge is $2 a foot with a $30 minimum.
- Reservations are recommended.
- Call 305-872-3210 or VHF Channel 16, or visit Bahia Honda Park for more information.
- There is a 4.5-foot controlling depth.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. Spearfishing, possession of spearfishing equipment and collection of tropical fish (by any method) is prohibited within the park.
The park has one nature trail. Located on the southwest end of the island in the Calusa area, the trail leads to the top of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge.
Walk along the route that was once U.S. 1 leading up to the bridge. The view is spectacular; from the top of the bridge you can see the entire island.
You have a bird’s-eye view of the water below. You may see large rays or fish jumping. If the water is calm, you can see fish and sea turtles swimming beneath the surface.
Kayak rentals are available through the concession. For more information, visit the Bahia Honda Park concession website.
You also can bring your own kayak or canoe and launch it from either Loggerhead parking lot on the ocean side or the boat ramp on the Gulf side. Enjoy a quiet, relaxing paddle in the waters around the park. For the safety of swimmers, kayaks and canoes are not permitted in designated buoyed swimming areas.
Bahia Honda has some of the best nearshore snorkeling in the Florida Keys. You can see a variety of sea life just a few hundred feet from the shore. The snorkeling is good for beginners because it is shallow, 4 to 6 feet.
You may see soft corals, small coral heads, tropical fish, queen conchs and spiny lobster. There is always something different!
In the winter months, when the water is cooler, you may need a wet suit to be comfortable. Always remember to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but ripples.
Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the swimming at Bahia Honda. The water is usually clear, unless the wind picks up and the sand is stirred by the waves, limiting visibility.
The water temperature varies from the mid- to upper 80s in the summer to the mid- to lower 70s in the winter. The water is shallow and currents are very mild.
The only area to avoid when swimming is near the Bahia Honda Channel, where the currents can be very swift.
Wildlife viewing is a popular activity in the Florida Keys and at Bahia Honda State Park.
Visitors are delighted by the opportunity to see wildlife here, from the Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin and sea turtles to wading birds and ghost crabs.
The park has two modern boat ramps located in the main marina. The controlling depth in the marina is 3.5 feet.
Nineteen boat slips are available for overnight rental and include water, electricity (30 amp), and full use of the park facilities (restroom, hot showers, trash disposal and sewage pump-out).
- Reservations are recommended. Call 305-872-3210 or VHF Channel 16.
- The boat ramp fee is $10.
Three duplex cabins on stilts overlook the bay. Each cabin is equipped with kitchen appliances, utensils and linens. Cabins 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 have central heating and cooling, two bedrooms, a living room with sofa bed, kitchen/dining room and full bath. These cabins each accommodate six people.
- Cabin 2 has a wheelchair lift. This cabin accommodates four people and has central heating and cooling, one bedroom, living room with sofa bed, kitchen/dining room and full bath, and a porch. A wood deck on ground level with a picnic table and grill provides an ideal setting for al fresco dining.
- The road to the cabins has a vehicle height restriction of 6 feet 8 inches. Your vehicle must fit under the Bahia Honda Bridge.
- For the guest's relaxation, televisions and phones are not provided.
- Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book online or call 800-326-3521 (8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or TDD 888-433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins. There is a minimum two-night stay in cabins at this park.
Sandwiches, snacks, ice, T-shirts, souvenirs and limited marine supplies are available from the park's concession. Rental snorkeling equipment, kayaks, umbrellas and beach chairs also are available at the concession.
- For more information, please call 305-872-3210.
Due to the small amount of land area at Bahia Honda, only limited accessibility is available for pets. Pets are not allowed in cabins, bathhouses, pavilions, the concession building, on beaches or in the water.
In the limited areas where pets are permitted, they must be kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and be well-behaved at all times.
- Service animals are welcome in all areas of the park. Please view our Pet Policy.
The visitor center is currently closed. Please check back or call 305-872-2353 for more information.
Learn about sea turtles, snorkeling, geocaching, history, sea beans and drift seeds, Key deer and many more subjects. Our staff and volunteers have a wide variety of knowledge on many subjects regarding Bahia Honda State Park, and the visitor center is a great place for cooling down and beating the heat.
- The visitor center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (opening times may vary during turtle nesting season, April through October).