Bahia Honda State Park

Our 6 days at Curry Hammock flew by and we are now at Bahia Honda State Park, which is a mere 20 miles south on Big Pine Key. It is a huge park in comparison to Curry Hammock, with 3 different camping areas, a marina, gift shop, snorkelling tours to Looe Key – a nearby barrier reef,  and miles and miles of fabulous white sand beach.

Buttonwood Campground facing the Gulf of Mexico

Buttonwood Campground facing the Gulf of Mexico

Our hard work in securing the reservations has paid off for we have scored one of the premium sites that sit right on the water with beautiful evening sunsets (and a few billion no-see-ums when the wind died down).

Now that's low overhead!  Incredibly it leads to a campground in the park.

Now that’s low overhead! Incredibly it leads to a campground in the park.

Our days here at Bahia Honda passed by much too quickly. We only had reservations for 3 days and 4 nights primarily because we had never camped down in the Keys and wanted to make this trip a reconnaissance mission.   We would have liked to go out snorkelling and brought our gear with us, but it has been very windy down here and the boats have not been able to go out and the water still seamed too cold for us thin-skinned Floridians (it was in the mid 70’s).   We did see some hardy Northerners frolicking in it as I once used to do, but now I want it to be at least 80 F  before I get into it.  So instead of being in the water we spent our days doing a lot of walking, exploring the park  and watching sunsets over the old railroad bridge.   Not such a bad life.

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