Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bahia Honda State Park




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Bahia Honda State Park

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                  Bahia Honda in the Florida Keys is a spot you 
should not miss at MM 37. 
I could not help but notice this spot my first trip to the keys!



 It has a section of the Henry Flagler Railroad bridge with a modern road on top. This is one of the deepest channels in all of the keys causing all different shade of blue.




The park, which encompasses 524 acres, includes one small island offshore on the southwest end of the park. 



Sandspur Beach 
Great deep water swimming can be hard to find in the keys.

The subtropical climate throughout the Florida Keys has created a natural environment found nowhere else in the continental U.S. 


Many plants and animals in the park are rare and unusual, including marine plant and animals species of Caribbean origin. 
This is near campsite 10 with the view of the bridge. This is the RV section.
Trees in the community include the yellow satinwood, gumbo limbo, remaining stands of the threatened silver palms in the United States.


 A specimen of the silver palm national champion trees. Also found on the park grounds is the endangered small flowered lily thorn. These and other natural wonders may be viewed along the nature trail that follows the shore of a tidal lagoon at the far end of Sandspur Beach. 


 The geological formations of Bahia Honda is Key Largo limestone. It is derived from a prehistoric coral reef similar to the present day living reefs of the Keys. Because of a drop in sea level several thousand years ago, portions of hits ancient reef emerged from the sea, forming islands. Bahia Honda is the southernmost key where the formation is exposed.





 Sunrise at Bahia Honda State Park on a rainy day


In more modern times, the park was part of Henry Flagler's East Coastal Railroad holdings. The railroad to key West was started in 1905 and was jokingly referred to as "Flagler's Folly". It was eventually completed in 1912 but later destroyed by a hurricane in 1935.



 The railroad remains were converted into what is known today as U.S. Highway 1. Presently, the old Bahia Honda Bridge services as a reminder of Flagler's dream. The bridge offers visitors a panoramic view of the island and surrounding waters.




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Since the initial purchase of the first 13 acres of the park in 1961, Bahia Honda has become well-known as a recreational treasure in the keys.











Our camping trip was full of rain, but with rain is gorgeous sunsets, and if you are lucky.... a rainbow :)



While camping at Bahia Honda, a lady bug landed on Autumn, which is bright orange. 
There were the same color!
The park has great snorkeling right off the beach. Don't forget you need a dive flag to be legal. If you do not have one, you can rent/buy one at the gift shop.


Great place to camp in the keys! They have everything accept for a pool. You can find a pool 15 minutes away at the Sunset Grill in Marathon under the 7 mile bridge.


The bus has great window with screens. Lets the nice breeze in, keeps the bugs out!


Electric & water hook ups


Oh, what a view!


Daisy came a long for the ride 


You can add a kayak package. It is a great way to see the keys. You have islands, including two state parks that are a short kayak from shore. 


Public bathhouse 
 



Dive shop offering snorkeling trip, rentals, and gear. The snack shop serves up hamburgers, ice cream, and other snacks. They all so have great wifi that works all night if you need to catch up on emails.

The snorkel boat, it was early in the morning on a rainy morning, so the picture is a little dark. 




 The crabs where very active in the keys. It had been rainy for days when we landed in the keys, so it seem to bring the critters. The crab was crossing under our bus at the campstie. 


Information:

  •  Snorkeling Tours9:30am & 1:30pm (Tour times are subject to change seasonal &              weather permuting)
  • Snorkeling or diving from shore must have a dive flag!
  • Beach Rentals - mask $4, Snorkel $5, Fins $4, Dive flag $6, Beach Chairs & umbrellas $6. Kayaks $12/hr single, $18/hr double, 
  • Snake Bar sells, sandwichs, cold drinks, subs, ice cream, salads, coffee, pizzas, shakes, snacks, limited grocery items.
  • Gift Shop, T-shirts, jewerlry, gifts, souvenirs, books, toys, swimwear, towels.






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Thanks for reading our post!

Dixie & Mike
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