Bahia Honda State Park is making a graceful comeback following Hurricane Irma. The park was in the path of the dreadful northeast quadrant of the powerful Category 4 storm that devastated the Florida Keys in September 2017.
Although much of the native vegetation perished in the storm, the trees and plants that survived are growing and flowering. The wildlife has returned to this historic park: we’ve seen Great Egrets, Great White Herons, Osprey, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Pelicans, and Fritillary Butterflies.
The gulfside Calusa Beach is open and as beautiful as before Irma. The walking path to the top of the Historic Overseas Railroad Bridge is clear, and the views from the top are magnificent. If you look carefully to the northeast, you can see the 7-mile bridge on the horizon.
Although services are limited, there are ready campsites, clean restrooms, freshwater rinse-off showers, and beach equipment rentals available.
Visit: https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Bahia-Honda for the most current park updates.
Kim Stamps is the owner of Up The Keys Tours, the only land-based eco-tour operator in the Keys: https://upthekeys.com/
Source: We’re checking in ‘Up the Keys’ at Bahia Honda
Hurricane Irma Update
Friday 10 November 2017
Many thanks to all that assisted with the Hurricane Irma cleanup as well as preparations to reopen Bahia Honda State Park Concession Services.
Please call (305) 872-3954 for daily updates on the Park Activities.
We are currently open but with “limited” Park Activities due to storm related repairs, still underway.
At this time, we are offering the following:
- Beach Rental Equipment
Currently, we are unable to provide the following and are working on getting them back shortly:
- Food Service
- Snorkel Boat Tours
- Marina Slips or Mooring Balls (Overnight Dockage)
Please continue to follow this website for updates.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon as well as provide you with a well-deserved nature-based experience.
For additional Park Information as well as Camping updates please call (305) 872-2353.
Park Reopens After to Hurricane Irma
Bahia Honda State Park has REOPENED for day-use at Calusa Beach, camping at Buttonwood and Bayside and cabins. At this time Sandspur and Loggerhead beach remain closed.