This park is SUPER difficult to get a reservation for, especially during the winter. We had to book 11 months to the second that the reservations opened on the website and the first day we couldn’t even get one. We both had to sit with our computers hitting refresh constantly in order to get the reservation to go through. It’s worth the struggle though! We ended up with a reservation for 14 nights over both Christmas and New Years.
Unfortunately, hurricane Irma decimated the Florida Keys, which impacted our reservation and they canceled all reservations before January 1st. Because of that, we only ended up with 6 nights, instead of the 14 we had originally planned for. A lot of the park was still closed down when we arrived, as the other side was hit by the hurricane much worse and won’t open back up until sometime in 2019.
We left Orlando on New Year’s Eve and drove to Florida City to park overnight, so we could arrive as early as possible to maximize our time. We showed up around 12:30 in the afternoon, got checked in and quickly made our way to our camp. When we looked at the maps and Google maps, we knew we were going to have shorefront access, but we didn’t realize we were basically going to have the back end of our rig right up against the waterline! To say we are waterfront is an understatement! The only downside is that we are maybe a couple hundred feet from the bridge so there is constant traffic noise.
While we were butted up against the water, we couldn’t just launch our kayaks from our site due to the rocks and had to walk around the corner to the launching area. Our first day out, we launched our kayaks and explored the water right in front of our site, which was fun. Unfortunately, the gorgeous beach on the other side of the park was closed, so we weren’t able to enjoy any other aspects of the park.
The weather didn’t play well with us and we had a couple of days where it was cold, windy, and rainy so we didn’t get to enjoy our time as much as we would have liked. Of course, the day we left, the weather turned and it was going to be warm and sunny moving forward. We’ll just have to come back in the future!
Name: Bahia Honda State Park
Location: 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
Campground Notes: Water and electric only. The sites are all different sizes, but we had one that was large. It was covered with brand new gravel so it took some effort to get level. Also, all of the water hookups are at the front of the sites so you’ll need at least 50 feet or more of drinking hose. We ended up just filling our tanks and not hooking up to the water.
Dog-friendly: Yes, there are no specific dog runs, but they are allowed pretty much anywhere.
Rates: $264.70 for 6 days
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