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Reported: Dec. 2013; latest update: Dec. 2015

Bahia Honda State Park... Paddling in the Florida Keys

Bahia Honda State Park is in the Florida Keys along the Overseas Highway (US 1) at Mile Marker 36.8, south of Marathon. The 524 acre park almost totally occupies Bahia Honda Key. Kayaks are available for rent at the concession, or bring your own kayak or canoe and launch it from the Loggerhead parking lot (on the ocean side) or from the boat ramp at the marina (on the Gulf side). Paddling around the park is one of the prettiest areas we've seen on "big water." Watch for the buoys which mark the designated swimming areas. Wind and tide can add a challenge to the paddling trip. (Detailed map and photos below.)



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Distance: Various
Location: Bahia Honda Key (US1, MM 36.8)
Difficulty: Moderate
Tidal: Yes
Launch points: Boat ramp at the Marina (Gulf side); kayak launch on the beach (Ocean side) (See map, left)
Kayak/Canoe Rentals: At the state park concession (link, above right)
Nearby points of interest: City of Marathon, Dolphin Research Center, The Turtle Hospital, Old Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key, EAA Air Museum.

Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway ran through the present park to Key West, a portion of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge has been converted to a walking trail with great views of the entire island.

Bahia Honda State Park has parking, restrooms, swimming, camping and cabin rentals, fishing, picnicking, hiking trails, biking, concession and restaurant. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular and the concession offers a snorkeling tour to historic Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. The Sand and Sea Nature Center offers educational programs and interpretative exhibits. Bird watching is another popular activity.

Paddling at Bahia Honda State Park
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We launched from the boat ramp at the marina, and paddled under the Old Bahia Honda Bridge for a quick view of the ocean. We then paddled under the Overseas Highway (US 1) at the south end of the island and along the north side of Bahia Honda Key (gulf side), through Ohio-Bahia Honda Channel on the east, and under the Overseas Highway at the north end of the island onto the ocean. We also walked the trail up on the old bridge span.
Launches, ocean side and gulf side (marina)
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Kayak rentals and launch, ocean side Boat ramp at the marina, gulf side Leaving the marina, US 1 bridge
Paddling on the Gulf side to Ohio Key
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Overseas Highway
 (US 1) bridge.
Under the bridge We saw many
water birds
Views on the Gulf side
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This was a nice cove where we got
pretty close to an ibis
Leaving the cove Toward Ohio Key
Ohio-Bahia Honda Channel to Ocean
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Ohio-Bahia Honda Channel Bridge at Ohio-Bahia Honda Channel On the ocean, northern end of Bahia Honda State Park
Old Bahia Honda Bridge
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Old Bahia Honda Bridge from the water View of the ocean
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Walking trail on the bridge, panoramic views of the park
Bahia Honda State Park
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Beach, ocean side Beach, gulf side A walking trail View of the ocean Gulls at the marina

More information on paddling at Bahia Honda State Park (opens in a new window):

- Florida Greenways and Trails - Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail (file download)
- Florida State Parks - Bahia Honda State Park

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