Today, we’re exploring the infamous Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 37 of US1/Overseas Highwayay. Sitting between the confluence of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico is this 524-acre beach park with some of the finest stretches of sand in the Florida Keys.
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The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. We arrived at Bahia Honda around 10:00 a.m. (we are on vacation after all and we don’t do mornings all that well) and paid the $8 per vehicle fee plus the 50 cents per person fee.
Bahia Honda contains three separate beaches, Caloosa Beach, Loggerhead Beach, and Sandspur. Each one is completely different from the others.
We parked near to Caloosa Beach, tucked into a gentle cove at the foot of the old Overseas Railway trestle at the southern end of the park. This is probably the most popular place to park because there are restrooms, a snack bar and ample parking all located adjacent to the crescent.
After parking, we walked to the beach off of the Butterfly Garden Trail. This beach was stunning with views of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge.
Then we walked the Butterfly Garden Trail to get a closer look at the Old Bahia Honda Bridge. A portion of the old bridge has been maintained as an elevated walkway that offers spectacular views of the beach and inlet.
Then we got back in the car and drove to Loggerhead Beach which is located in the center of the park. A submerged sandbar emerges at low tide.
Sandspur Beach is located at the northern end of the park. Sandspur has pure white sand which reminds me of the powdered sugar sand of Siesta Key.
This beach had a lot of sea oats and grasses atop low dunes. I’ve heard that this is supposed to be the favorite beach of a lot of people. But when we visited, there was lots of seaweed in the water and on the beach so I thought it was a little less pretty than the other two.
For more information and to plan your visit to Bahia Honda State Park check our their website
Stay tuned for our adventure in Key West tomorrow!