Bahia Honda Florida State Park: One Of The Best Beaches In The World
Did you know that Florida is home to over 150 state parks? One of the most uniquely beautiful is Bahia Honda, located in the Florida Keys. Home to one of the best beaches in the United States and the entire world, Bahia Honda welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
As with a lot of the best places to visit in Florida, we once again must pause and thank Henry Flagler for putting this beautiful landmark on the destination list of many travelers to the Sunshine State.
During the construction of the Florida East Coast Railroad, Flagler witnessed Bahia Honda Key transform from an uninhabited island, to a “must see” for all visitors that come to the Florida Keys. The FEC Railroad is still there and although no longer in use, remains available for photographs.
Those who set foot onto Bahia Honda Key will quickly take note of its beautiful white sand, picnic areas, and places to snorkel and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico. In the evening, folks enjoy the picturesque sunsets, reflected off of the deep blue water of the Gulf.
Whether its an active stay, such as those looking to swim or snorkel, or a relaxing stay on the beaches, Bahia Honda State Park offers lots of options to visitors. The nature center will help to identify the large amount of sea-faring birds and animals as well as introduce visitors to the vegetation and environmental elements of the Key.
If you’re on your way to Key West and have chosen to drive from Florida’s mainland, then we would highly recommend you pack a lunch and stop at Bahia Honda and treat yourself to beachfront seating! Once finished, you will have about a 45-minute drive to Key West.
As a Florida State Park, Bahia Honda is open from 8:00 am until dusk every day. There is a small fee for admission, depending on your mode of transportation as well as other fees for those wishing to rent equipment or in need of lodging.
For those who are looking for a perfect spot to tie the knot, the sunset and Flagler’s FEC Railroad bridge make for a good backdrop for all your matrimonial needs.
Bahia Honda is one of Florida’s best places to visit, for residents and tourists alike.