On an uncharacteristically cold Southern day where the mercury topped out at 15 degrees, I could use a little vicarious sunshine, how about you?
The morning after our lone night in the Middle Keys staying in Marathon, we got up and made for Pigeon Key for a tour we were booked on. Well, we got there right at 10am—punctuality is not my strong suit—and apparently the ferry from Knight’s Key to the tiny, five-acre island leaves right on the dot, so we missed it.
It’s actually only a couple miles away, which you can walk on the pedestrian bridge, but I wasn’t that keen on a morning of history—though I hear it’s a great tour—so instead, we headed onto Bahia Honda. Sand and sun is much more my forte.
Contrary to what you might believe, it’s actually really hard to find sandy beaches in the Florida Keys, which is precisely why Bahia Honda State Park is such a diamond in the rough.
Located on Bahia Honda Key, the park covers 500 acres just off the Overseas Highway and has some of the clearest water around.
But even with 500 acres of sunny space, the width of the beach is only a few feet in the widest spot. So still not ideal for sunbathing if there are more than a few people out, but the view doesn’t suck.
The small isle was on Henry Flagler’s railroad route to Key West, and you can still see remnants of the past on display from the beach.
The snorkeling is meant to be top notch, but we really only used Bahia Honda to catch a few rays before moving on down the Keys.
Even if you just use it as a stopping over point during your Florida Keys road trip, I’d suggest saving an hour or two to take in the views from Bahia Honda. It was definitely one of the most gorgeous spots we found during our week-long jaunt through these parts.