Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key

Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
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. Plan a Big Pine Key trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • We have to stop at Bahia Honda every time we road trip through the keys. The views are spectacular and a must see. Usually we're able to see lots of butterflies but it was hot hot hot so I think...  more »
  • This park is well kept and offers good snorkeling. There is a gift shop and cafe. There are also picnic areas if you bring your own lunch, Kiddy area is also available.  more »
  • The state park was great and so beautiful. It was well kept up but hated all the seaweed on the beach. We even did the snorkeling tour and that was the highlight of our trip for sure. Highly...  more »
  • Bahia Honda State Park is a gorgeous place to visit and stay in the Florida keys. Staff is friendly, camp sights are clean and spacious. Camp facilities are clean and cleaned very thoroughly daily. The park store is nicely stocked with a wide variety of items and food. The beach is clean and beautiful. We met a Monroe county employee monitoring the water quality while was great while we were there.
  • I was here before the giant hurricane Irma, which permanently changed the beaches layout. And still has part of the beaches closed due to that storm. There's awesome snorkeling on the marina side, and the water is usually extremely clear and visibility is good (best at slack tide) but unfortunately the Atlantic side gets covered in seaweed continuously. For snorkeling, it's the best spot to go without having to go far away from shore, but still seeing lots of fish and other marine life.
  • Super nice park and really good to snorkel there. You see a lot if different fish, especially at the rocks. We even saw a Manta going up - super cool! Love this place. Everything you need is provided like restrooms, small shop, parking,...go there!
  • I’ve been to some pretty nice beaches. This isn’t the prettiest, but it was one of the best in the Keys. There’s an entry fee. Ladies working the guard gate are so nice and welcoming. There’s one side of the beach that has little seaweed and is best to bathe and snorkel. They have showers, a changing station, and picnic tables. We did the snorkeling tour. It was $30. I believe if you’re camping there they knock a few bucks off. Great staff. Very informative and kind at the desk. The boat staff is also very helpful. Overall, a great experience. Bring a cooler and umbrella and you could definitely spend the entire day here. Alcohol isn’t allowed.
  • Wildlife everywhere. I recommend snorkeling. The first time we visited, my brother-in-law saw a sea turtle. I saw a queen conch and some sea urchins, and tons of reef fish. From up on the bridge, we saw a pair of black tip sharks in the open water (away from the swimmers, don't worry). They have some food in the tourist trap shop. I bought a hot dog, and it was actually pretty delicious. Invest in a good swim mask and you will have an amazing time.

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