Getting there: The park is at mile marker 37 along the Overseas highway, Florida Keys. Here is the address: 36850 Overseas Highway Big Pine Key, FL 33043. This is about 2 hours south of Key Largo. Here is the Bahia Honda website.
Specs: The park offers all of the amenities; camping, shower, bathrooms, changing area, as well as a snack bar; activities include swimming, snorkeling, bicycling, kayaking, fishing and much more! It cost us $9 for the car day pass; and an additional $38.50 per night for camping or $269.50 per week. Reserve early the campground fills up fast!
|Miles of shoreline at award winning beach|
The beach is similar to the beach at Long Key SP, it is shallow for several yards and you can see numerous sand bars with birds wading and fishing. We walked out at least 100 yards from shore and I was still just above my knees. There are not many shells on this beach and lots of people looking for them, making them slim picking compared to the beaches on the eastern shoreline of Florida that I am used to, which offer shells galore. Another thing to consider is the seawall, which is a large wall of brown seaweed/seagrass that is dried up along the shoreline, you will find this seawall at all of the beaches along the Keys and it takes some getting used to, but isn't too bad once you do!
The camping at Bahia Honda SP is well booked for months out, the campsites offer some views of the Atlantic; they are locked with a code if you are not a registered camper, you cannot drive through. Some of the sites are directly on the Atlantic, some on the Gulf Coast and some along the bay on the Gulf side.
I look forward to coming back soon to camp in the Keys, maybe next September, when they aren't booked up! I'd love to hear about your favorite places to camp in Florida or the Keys; or the best beach camping you have ever done?
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Vines growing onto the sand
Seawall, don't be afraid, its not that bad!