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    Default Florida Keys: Scenic Bahia Honda State Park (Pictures)

    I just got back from a 24-hour trip down to Key West with some friends. On the way down, we stopped off at Bahia Honda State Park, which is located near the 37 mile marker (Key West being at "0") on the Overseas Highway. This place is a great pit-stop on your trip! Admission at the gate was $1.50 per person, and you can choose from a couple of beaches. The first few pictures show the beach closest to the old bridge, which is now in hurricane-ravaged ruins, a short distance from the main highway. The second beach, more remote, looks like it could be a tropical island screensaver!
    While dogs aren't permitted on the shoreline, Susie the cock-a-poo was bad and went for a dip, anyway. This is a great beach for snorkeling and kayaking, with shallow, crystal clear water for as far as the eye can see!

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    Beautiful pictures, Doug! Thanks for telling us about your trip to the Keys.

    Does Bahia Honda State Park allow camping?

    How far is the drive from Miami?

    Was there a store, or any place close where you could buy something to eat?

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    Those are gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing. Bahia Honda was on the Travel Channel's 10 most beautiful beaches show. Don't remember if it was for Florida or U.S.

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    Hi Gus and jenn-NY, thanks for your compliments! Bahia Honda is about 37 miles this side of Key West. According to Google maps, it's about 131 miles from Miami Beach. However, because much of this road is a two-lane highway with speed limits averaging 45 mph, the trip can take about three to three and a half hours, depending on traffic.

    Bahia Honda does allow camping, both in cabins and campsites. There is also a concession area in the park. Here is some more info.

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    Cool pics Doug.

    The bridge one brought back memories of drives to the keys with my parents.

    I can't tell you how many times the railway story fell upon my ears...

    Flagler actually built those bridges while extending his Florida East Coast Railway all the way to Key West. The railway was destroyed by a hurricane in the 30s but the bridges remained.

    Even though they're no longer used, it's cool to see that they're still up and that they've survived every hurricane since!

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    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, Doug! The weather will be getting cooler soon and it will be perfect for camping.

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    Thanks for the link, Doug. I visited the Park's website and was surprised to learn they have a few camping spots available this weekend - I thought camping at Bahia Honda sold out months in advance - I'm happy I was wrong about that.

    Michelle, when we go to Key West, it would be fun to leave Miami in the early afternoon, and spend the night at the Park. They also rent cabins, but it would be more romantic to make a bbq and sleep under the stars (in a tent).

    If we're feeling adventurous, we can wake up the next day and go snorkeling -- snorkel trips leave from the Park at 9:30am and 1:30pm daily.

    Camping at Bahia Honda State Park
    Reservation: (800) 326-3521
    Book online at http://www.reserveamerica.com

    BELOW: A map of Bahia State Park. For concessions, tours and rentals call (305) 872-3210.
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    HMMM, sounds like tons of fun!!! You know how much I have fun camping with you...count me in! :coolsmile:

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    Great Pictures!!

    I can't believe how many times I passed by and I never stopped. The park sounds like a great place to spend the day because you can go snorkeling, swimming, fishing and diving.

    I will definitely go to this park very soon. The park entrance fee is only $3.50 and for 2 people is $6.00

    Here is their website where you will be able to see the prices for activities such as snorkeling, Boat Slip Rentals or Kayaking.

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    Thanks, Michelle and Mirna. Mirna, do you currently live in Key West? If so, is there a secret to finding good deals on the rents?

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    Yes, Doug. I am currently living in Key West. Sorry, but I don't have any secrets for finding good deal on rent, YET. The prices to rent around here are very high. Everything is more expensive than South Beach.

    For example, the apartment where I live has 3 rooms and the cost is $1,750 plus utilities. And that's the best deal that we could find.

    Another thing is that there are no signs around the city saying "FOR RENT" so you always have to end in a Real Estate office and you know that they charge commissions .

    Next time you are around stop by, I will love to meet you and Dave.

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    Thanks for the info, Mirna....just like I thought. Key West is very appealing, but a little out of our range right now...maybe after I publish the first novel!

    We'll be sure to look you up on the next trip, though!

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    Wow, the pictures are fascinating!

    I will be in Miami in September and thinking about a day-trip to Key West. After i saw this pictures i want to visit Bahia Honda Park for 2-3 hours.

    Is there snorkeling without a tour allowed or did i have to join the guided tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenn-NY
    Those are gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing. Bahia Honda was on the Travel Channel's 10 most beautiful beaches show. Don't remember if it was for Florida or U.S.
    That show was dedicated to Florida beaches. I think it was in the top five.

    I wonder what next years results will be if Key West goes nude. The the local commision there wants a referendum on the matter.

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