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Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

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Nestled within the Florida Keys, Bahia Honda State Park offers 212 hectares (524 acres) of white sand beaches, lagoons, and hardwood forest. You can take advantage of the park’s pristine environment via roads, nature trails, campsites, and its marina. Grab some snorkel gear from the on-site rental shop and explore the surrounding waters, renowned for having some of the most snorkel-friendly reefs in Florida. Join a snorkeling tour, or simply stop by the park's visitor center for details on the local ecosystem and ocean wildlife. Use our Big Pine Key trip itinerary builder to add Bahia Honda State Park and other attractions to your Big Pine Key vacation plans.
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  • So I'm not sure if people who rate this have beaches near them, but this state park is not one of the best beaches I've been to. There was a significant amount of sea grass and the smell of sulfur rea...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen! Very clean! Blue-green water, warm, but refreshing. Soft white sand. Watch out for the gnats, they bite...  more »
  • I really loved this place. There's more than one beach so check them out. Go and walk up the path to the old railroad. Beautiful shallow water which is easy to relax in. Wear bug spray, bring your sna...  more »
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  • Really lovely park. Beautiful beaches with nice snorkeling. Wish we hadn't wasted time searching for good beaches on Key West and just headed here. Drive was about 40 min but totally worth it. We didn't get to walk any of the trails because it was raining but they seemed nice. Could easily spend the whole day here and not run out of things to do.
  • OK, I get that wide, sandy beaches in the Keys just aren't happening... but because of all the "best beach ever!" reviews I was still expecting a bit more.Not lifeguards, not concessions, but more BEACH, more sand. We found a 3 ft wide strip of sand with rocks/plants on one side and 3 ft strip of seaweed/Seagram's on the other side; then the ocean. Since our strip of sand was also the walking path, it was not at all restful. The water color was great & temperature was warm. The bottom was sand with patches of rocks and plants. We didn't come to the Keys for the prime purpose of catching sun on the beach but thought it would be a nice break based on the glowing reviews from others. Didn't happen for us. Won't be going back. A much better place to go is Sombrero Beach in Marathon. Genuine beach space, great water, shower rinses, shaded picnic tables & a kids' playground. Trust me, do it.
  • No dogs on the beach! Period! Unless you reserve a campsite (a year in advance) of course and then they can only hang around the campsites. But the rules say that there are designated dog areas in the state park. You would think since the whole damn thing is a beach, that it means that there is an area of the beach where dogs can be. NO, NOT THE BEACH. No, "designated" areas do not include an inch of the beach at all, just some of the trails. I drove three hours to come to find this information out. I wish the website were more clear. I could ask for my money back as I leave this place, but that would waste MORE of my time. Otherwise, enjoy THE BEACH... WITHOUT YOUR DOG.
  • Great place to snorkel and catch some marine life. It does have lots of sea grass and it is all in its natural state. There are no lifeguards but as long as you stay out of the channels you should have no problems. Definitely bring your goggles and snorkel along with a kayak to have a great time.
  • A beautiful beach that has that real beach smell and dive and gift shops. You can also go to the old Bahia Honda bridge and learn about the history of the park which kid LOVE. I have been going since I was six years old and still enjoy the natural feel of the beach. The best spots come if you walk a bit. My only problem is that in spring Portuguese Man of Wars come and wash on shore and it always gets me kind of nervous but they are almost harmless and you can't really prevent it so it is ok. Overall I would recommend this beach to someone who wants a real beach and not a beach that has been altered.