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Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key, Florida
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Natural beachFlag review
This was a favorite for my family and I. If you're looking for the perfect sandy beach you'll have to look elsewhere. The beach is natural meaning that the beach is covered in seaweed. If you can deal with the seaweed the water is worth it. The water clarity is great especially compared to the Gulf of Mexico in Texas. It's a great place to snorkel. My nine year old did nothing but that. There's restrooms and showers on both sides of the park. There are covered picnic tables so bring drinks and snacks. There's also access to the old seven mile bridge and kayak rentals.
Tips for Families
There's a lot of seaweed. There's a lot of sea grass in most areas. Don't forget snorkeling gear. Bring lots of sunscreen and a waterproof camera. There's not much wave movement making it great for young children and babies.
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Shallow, clear, warm water and white sand (*under* the water, not a lot of sand above water on the beach though.. haha) Kids love it, and it's very family friendly. Go to the concession stand on sign up for the snorkeling tour out to Looe Reef .. It's like $30 (+$10 for gear if you need it) .. A 3 hour tour, about 1 1/2 hours ...
Decent beach for little kids to enjoy the knee high waters. This is not the place to go snorkeling unless you purchase the tour that takes you out to the reef a few miles out. Thick seaweed covers 98 percent of the water and I personally did...
Beautiful Natural beach, warm turquoise colored water, nearly like being in a bath. The water got cooler the further into the ocean we went. The kids enjoyed snorkeling and catching hermit crabs. The ...
Bahia Honda State Park encompasses the whole of Bahia Honda Key and is easily accessible by public transportation (the Lower Keys Shuttle, $3 one way-- great deal!). In under an hour, we traveled from Key West to Bahia Honda, about 50 miles up the Keys, where we spent the day in crystal clear Caribbean blue water snorkeling and lounging. Because we were on foot, we went to the closest beach from the park entrance, which I believe was Logger Head. We overheard that Sandspur Beach was better. As with Fort Zachary Taylor, the beach sand was not amazing. There was a lot of sea straw on the beach and the rising tide quickly encroached on the already limited sand area. It is slightly rocky, but nowhere near...
road trip to key west - stop number two... bahia honda. and i know there's already a review for the concession stand...however, i think this park is deserving of its own entry. this beautiful beach/state park was quite possibly my favorite place of the trip. i wan't really expecting too much for some reason, we all just said to ourselves, "it's on the way, we'll just stop in for a little." well, 3 or 4 hours later and i didn't want to leave. when you enter the park you have an option to go to the right or the left. there seemed to be more stuff on the sign pointing to the right, so off we headed. there was this iconic, beautiful view of the bridge and palm trees and bluish-green, tranquil water. this is t...