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Bahia Honda - Accessible Amenities

Bahia Honda State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors. Those amenities include:

Accessible Cabin (#2)

Accessible Campsites

Beach access ramps

Beach Wheelchair-is being repaired due to hurricane damage

Mobi-Chair (for water access)

Day use showers

Picnic pavilion

Barbeque Grills

Accessible Fishing area

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

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Bahia Honda - Beaches

Bahia Honda has a beautiful white sandy beach for you to enjoy. Calusa is located on the northwest side of the island. There are two small pavilions in this area and a restroom with accessible, outdoor, fresh water showers. Loggerhead and Sandspur beach are currently closed for restoration.

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present.

Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.

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Bahia Honda - Bicycling

This is a popular pastime at the park. You can 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.

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Bahia Honda - Birding

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 may be seen along the shore feeding and resting. Several species of wading birds may be seen in the park as well. These include Great White Herons, Great Blue Herons, Tri-colored 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 can also be seen feeding and resting in the Poisonwood trees during the summer months.

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Bahia Honda - Boat Ramp

Due to ongoing repairs from storm damage, The boat ramps and the marina at Bahia Honda are currently closed, please check back for updates.

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 $10.00.

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Bahia Honda - Boat Tours

The boat trips at Bahia Honda are not currently running, please check back for updates.

The concession offers a snorkeling tour that allows young and old alike to experience the breathtaking beauty of Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. For more detailed information go to the Bahia Honda Park Concession website.

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Bahia Honda - Boating

Boating is a very popular activity at Bahia Honda since boaters have access to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. All boats must remain 400 feet from the shoreline once out of the marina area.

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Bahia Honda - Cabins

 

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 6’8”. 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 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287. Pets are not permitted in cabins.

There is a minimum two nights stay in cabins at this park.

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Bahia Honda - Camping

 

Buttonwood (sites #1-48) Can 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 of the bathhouse with hot showers in the Buttonwood campground which is one-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 may use the one located at Buttonwood campground..

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through Reserve America. Book Online (link is external) or call (800) 326- 3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

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Bahia Honda - Camping Boat

The marina area is currently closed for repairs due to Hurricane Irma. Please check back soon for updates.

Boat slips are available for overnight rental and include water, electricity, full use of park facilities (bathhouse, showers, trash disposal and pump-out). The marina includes 19 slips in a protected basin. The marina is a designated Clean Marina, with a pump out. The charge is $2.00/ foot with a $30.00 minimum. Reservations are recommended. Call (305) 872-3210 or VHF Channel 16 or visit Bahia Honda Park for more information. There is a 3.5 foot controlling depth.

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Bahia Honda - Canoeing and Kayaking

Due to storm repairs, Kayak rentals are not available yet, please check back for updates.

Safe and stable sit-on-top Ocean Kayaks are available for rent at the concession. You may also 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. Remember, for the safety of swimmers, kayaks and canoes are not permitted in designated buoyed swimming areas.

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Bahia Honda - Concession and Restaurant

The concession is operating daily on a limited basis from 10:00am until 5:00pm. They are offering light snacks, water and soft drinks and some sundries. No kayak rentals or boat trips available at this time.

Sandwiches, snacks, ice, t-shirts, souvenirs and limited marine supplies are available from the park concession. Rental snorkeling equipment, kayaks, umbrellas and beach chairs may also be obtained at the concession. For further information, please call 305-872-3210.

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Bahia Honda - Fishing

Currently the fishing areas are not accessible due to ongoing restoration in those areas affected by Hurricane Irma.

 

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. A fishing license may be required.  More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.

 

 

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Bahia Honda - Geo-Seeking

Some Geo-cache areas in the park are not accessible at this time, please check back for updates.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Bahia Honda - Hiking Nature Trail

The park has one nature trail. The trail is located on the southwest end of the island in the Calusa area and leads you 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.

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Bahia Honda - Interpretive Exhibit

Visit the interpretive exhibit located outside the Nature Center providing a variety of information.

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Bahia Honda - Pets

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.

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Bahia Honda - Picnic Pavilion

The Calusa area is located on the southwest end of the park and has two small pavilions with barbecue grills, including one accessible grill and pavilion.  Electric and water are not available.

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Bahia Honda - Picnicking

The Calusa area is located on the southwest end of the park and has two small pavilions with barbecue grills, including one accessible grill and pavilion. There are also picnic tables located throughout the area with BBQ grills.

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Bahia Honda - Restroom Facilities

For day-use visitors, restrooms with accessible cold outdoor showers are located in Calusa day-use area. There is also a stand-alone accessible restroom.

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Bahia Honda - Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is permitted. The shallow water makes it a good area for beginning divers and snorkelers, but it is not recommended for advanced divers, as the water is shallow for several yards from shore. A 'Diver-Down' flag must be displayed.

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Bahia Honda - Shower Station

Cold water accessible outdoor showers, for rinsing off saltwater, are located near the bathhouses and at the east end of Calusa Beach.

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Bahia Honda - Snorkeling

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, 4-6 feet. You may see soft corals, small coral heads, tropical fish, queen conchs and spiny lobster. There is always something different to see. In the winter months, when the water is cooler, you may need a wetsuit to be comfortable. Just remember to take nothing but photos and leave nothing but ripples.

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Bahia Honda - Swimming

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 eighties in the summer, to the mid to lower seventies in the winter (Fahrenheit). The water is shallow and the currents are very mild. The only area to avoid when swimming is near the Bahia Honda Channel, since the currents can be very swift.

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Bahia Honda - Visitor Center

The Visitor Center is currently closed for repairs due to hurricane damage.

 

Subjects include; Sea Turtles, Snorkeling, Geo-caching, History, Sea Beans and Drift Seeds, Key Deer and many more.

Our staff and volunteers have a wide variety of knowledge on many subjects regarding Bahia Honda State Park and it is a great way to cool down and beat the heat. Most programs last about an hour.

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Bahia Honda - Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is a popular activity in the Florida Keys and at Bahia Honda State Park. From the Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphin to wading birds and ghost crabs, visitors are delighted by the opportunity to see wildlife here.