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USA, Bahia Honda Key – A Florida Island and Its Quaint Surroundings

Published: 1.3.2018
In the middle of the road between Key West (the southernmost island of the Keys island, south of Florida) and the Florida peninsula visit Bahia Honda State Park. The park is located on Bahia Honda Key island, about 7 miles from the island of Marathon. There is the legendary 7-mile bridge. The area between the signs of 36th and 37th mile of the Oceanic Highway 1 is the gateway to the park. The entrance costs 4,5 USD. The park is open from 8 am till the sunset.

Bahia Honda Keys je unikátním ostrovem souostroví Keys. Subtropické klima vytvořilo přírodní prostředí, které nenajdete nikde jinde. Mnoho rostlin a zvířat je zde vzácných. Roste tu například spoustu palem stříbrných, kterými vede v jihovýchodní části ostrova krátká naučná stezka.

beautiful sea

gateway to the Silver Palm Natural Trail   signpost

Sand beaches are beautifuil on the island (it is the longest natural beach on this island group). Divers like the deep waters near the coastline. One can swim in the Atlantic ocean on island's southern coast or the Gulf of Mexico on the northern shore just like that. The small Caluse Beach on the northern coast of island's southwest edge is very romantic one. From there you may enjoy the vista on the Old Bahia Honda Bridge situated on the left. Not far from the island the bridge is interupted. Very impressive.  In this southwestern part of the island there is food stand, toilets, outdoor showers, summer cinam, fireplace, picnic sites, and a harbor from which cruise ships depart.

Calusa Beach   summer cinema

southwestern edge   picnic sites on island's east

The old bridge was original partof Henry Flagler's East Coast Railway. In 1938, the bridge was repurposed to the original Highway 1. In 1972, the bridge was closed and couple of years later the construction of a new bridge was commenced. The new bridge, however, was constructed not on the place of the former but more to the north. Therefore the two bridges stand one besides another. Unfortunately, you may walk onle several meters along the old bridge without the possibility to reach the edge where the interupted. 

a place to sit and the New Bahia Honda Bridge in the background

Bahia Honda Key island is a well known recreational resort with three camp sites on the island. There you ma sleep in caravans, build a tent, or rent a cabin. The largest camping areas are in the Buttonwood camp. You may stay there in a caravan or a small tent. There is a table, grill, electricity, and water at every site. It is great to stay there to see the sunset or spend a night there.

GPS: 24°39'55.5"N 81°15'44.9"W

 

Text and photos: Martina Brožková



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