Bahia Honda State Park
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
Bahia Honda (meaning deep bay, in
Spanish, locally pronounced: BAY-ah HON-da [b�ya h�nda], also
pronounced (in Spanish): Bah-EE-ah OWN-dah [ba�a �nda]), is an
island in the lower Florida Keys.
U.S. 1 (the Overseas Highway) crosses the key at
approximately mile markers 36-38.5, between Ohio Key and Spanish
Harbor Key 12 miles west of Marathon, close to the west end of the
Seven Mile Bridge.
Welcome to Bahia Honda State Park
Henry Flagler's railroad to Key West turned the
remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination. Today,
the island is home to one of Florida's southernmost state parks, known
for beautiful beaches, magnificent sunsets, and excellent snorkeling.
Visitors can picnic on the beach and take a swim, or simply relax and
enjoy the balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. Anglers
can fish from shore or bring a boat and launch at the boat ramp.
The park's concession rents kayaks and
snorkeling gear and offers boat trips to the reef for snorkeling
excursions. Bahia Honda is an excellent place to see wading birds and
shorebirds. The nature center can introduce nature lovers to the
island's unique plants and animals. Full-facility campsites and
vacation cabins are available. Located 12 miles south of Marathon.
The island is virtually uninhabited, being home
to 524-acre Bahia Honda State Park. Founded in 1961, the park occupies
most of the island. The channel at the island's west end is one of the
deepest natural channels in the Florida Keys.
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