Bahia Honda State Park RV & Campground Guide

Florida

Bahia Honda State Park

is a stunning island getaway, located in the famous Florida Keys region. Founded in 1961, the state park occupies most of the Bahia Honda island, covering an area of 524 acres. The region is also home to a historic bridge and award-winning beach, which offers some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida. As a result, the state park is a popular region for families all-year-round.

Bahia Honda State Park has a tropical climate, so it receives a lot of rainfall annually (approximately 1407 mm each year), even during its driest’ month. The temperature averages a balmy 76.1 °F, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, and picnicking. The region is also home to several species of shore birds and wading birds, large rays, tropical fish, ghost crabs, sea turtles, and Atlantic bottle-nosed dolphins.

If you’re planning a trip to this incredible state park, you’ll want to keep reading to find out all there is to know about the region, including camping, activities, how to get here, and more.

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Weather
Spring 68-86 F
Summer 78-90 F
Fall 70-88 F
Winter 64-76 F
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Nearby Cities
Marathon, FL
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bahia Honda State Park

If glamping it up with a cosy bed, fully-stocked kitchen, and private bathroom is more your style when it comes to camping, then we recommend visiting this stunning place in an RV. If you don’t own one, you can easily rent an RV from RVshare.com to suit your budget and needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team dedicated to helping you succeed.

There are several campgrounds within the state park which are suitable for RV camping.  Buttonwood (sites #1-48) contains the largest sites in the park and all have electricity, water, a picnic table and grill. There is also a bathhouse with restrooms and hot showers, as well as a dump station.

Some other RV-friendly campgrounds within the area include:

Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina

Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina is a beautiful island resort with an adjoining marina for water enthusiasts. It’s located on the 75-acre island of Ohio Key, near Big Pine Key in the lower Florida Keys, just one mile from the state park. Rates vary depending on site type and time of year, but as one of the premium RV resorts within the area, you can expect premium pricing too.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: swimming pool, fitness center, restroom / shower facilities, game room, laundry, playground, general store, high-speed internet.

Royal Palm RV Park

Just 6.3 miles from the state park is the Royal Palm RV Park. It’s located on Big Pine Key, minutes from the white sand beaches of the Bahia Honda State Park. They have a total of 34 sites, all with full hookups, with rates starting at $68 per night.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: laundry, bathhouses, shuffleboard court, clubhouse with kitchen available for use, lending library.

Bonefish Bay Motel & RV Resort

Bonefish Bay Motel & RV Resort is located in Marathon, just 16.8 miles from the state park. It’s a prime location for fishing and even has personalized fishing charters available on-site. Rates start from $79 per day.

 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: N/A
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: boat ramp and dock, boat and trailer parking, fresh water pool, laundry, restrooms, showers.

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What to Do at
Bahia Honda State Park

Inside Bahia Honda State Park

While Bahia Honda State Park is popular due to its camping, it’s also a widely-visited region because of the number of fun recreational activities on offer. With its beautiful clean waters, picturesque trails, historic bridge, and more, you certainly won’t be bored during your time here.

Swimming: Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the swimming at Bahia Honda, particularly with its clear and clean blue water. The water around the island is shallow and the currents are very mild, making it a mostly safe place for visitors of all ages to swim. Just be sure to avoid swimming near the Bahia Honda Channel, as the currents can be very swift.

Kayaking: Visitors are welcome to bring their own kayak or canoe, or they can rent one through the park’s Concession. Kayaks and canoes are not permitted in designated buoyed swimming areas, but they can be launched from either Loggerhead parking lot on the ocean side or the boat ramp on the Gulf side.

Fishing: There are plenty of areas within the park to fish, however some rules and regulations apply. A fishing license may be required to fish, and visitors must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season.

Stargazing: Bahia Honda is the darkest location for stargazing in the Florida Keys and twice a month, the state park hosts two stargazing programs for overnight guests to partake in. 

Snorkeling: The state park has some of the best nearshore snorkeling in the Florida Keys. Because the water is shallow (just 4 – 6 feet), the area is also perfect for beginner snorkelers. 

Hiking: There is one nature trail within the park, located on the southwest end of the island in the Calusa area, leading to the top of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge. When the conditions are calm, you can see fish and sea turtles swimming beneath the water’s surface.

Outside Bahia Honda State Park

If you thought there was plenty to do inside of the park, then you’ll be surprised by just how many experiences are on offer outside of the park too. Bahia Honda State Park is surrounded by breath-taking locations and is just 15.3 miles from Marathon, one of the largest cities within the Keys region.

Restaurants

Boondocks Grille and Draft House and Miniature Golf

Boondocks isn’t your average restaurant. There’s on-site mini golf (the only one within the region), live music every night, and over 20 55-inch 4K TVs to ensure guests never miss a single sporting game. Plus, their menu is so big, you’ll have trouble choosing just one thing to eat!

Type: Tropical bar and restaurant

Location: Ramrod Key, FL

No Name Pub

If you’re after something a little more rustic, then the No Name Pub is for you. Out of 700 South Florida restaurants surveyed, the No Name Pub was rated the “best casual dining experience in the Florida Keys”. They have a wide selection of pizza, as well as other pub favorites such as pasta, soups, salads, burgers, wings, and more.

Type: Pub / bistro

Location: Big Pine Key, FL

Kiki's Sandbar Bar & Grille

This easy-going beachfront eatery offers great seafood dishes, as well as other classic favorites. Inside, you’ll find games, live music, and a full bar. Outside also offers a patio with breath-taking views.

Type: Seafood restaurant and bar

Location: Little Torch Key, FL

Shopping

Key West Visitors Center

There aren’t exactly any large malls within the region, but if you fancy picking up some great souvenirs during your trip, the Key West Visitors Center is worth a visit. The gift shop has reasonable prices and the center is overflowing with knowledge about the area.

Sightseeing

Dolphin Research Center

This not-for-profit marine mammal education and research facility has been operating for more than 35 years. It’s less than a 30-minute drive from the state park and is a wonderful opportunity to see dolphin shows, interact with dolphins, and view sea lions. General admission starts at $23 per person and children aged 3 and under can gain entry for free.

Location: Grassy Key, FL

Southernmost Point of the Continental US

While you’re at the state park, you’re also less than an hour’s drive from the Southernmost Point of the Continental US. Come and view the monument, take photos, and gaze out at the seemingly endless expanse of sea.

Location: Key West, FL

National Key Deer Refuge

This 9,200-acre preserve is home to several endangered species of animals, including key deer and the marsh rabbit. The endangered key deer are found in the lower Florida Keys and nowhere else in the world, but you can get up-close with them here!

Location: Big Pine Key, FL

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How to Get to
Bahia Honda State Park

The state park is 92.5 miles from Homestead on the Florida mainland. Take FL-997 S/SW 177th Ave/S Krome Ave to US-1, before following US-1 S to Monroe County. The state park is located before Old Bahia Honda Bridge, on the left of the road.

Entering Bahia Honda State Park

The state park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown every day of the year. Admission rates range from $2.50 - $8.50.

We’re very excited you’re planning a trip to Bahia Honda State Park. Once you’ve finished exploring all the park has to offer, there are also some incredible opportunities waiting for you outside of its gates! During or after your stay, we encourage you to tag us in any of your social media posts, or share your photos and experience with us at [email protected]. We may even feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!