The mile-long Sandspur Beach, on the Atlantic side of Bahia Honda.
The best beaches in this region are found in Bahia Honda Key (30 miles north of Key West) and Smathers Beach, Key West.
On the Atlantic Ocean side of Bahia Honda State Park there is the park’s longest beach, Sandspur, family-friendly with generally calm waters and a gentle gradient as well as shallow Loggerhead Beach with a large sand bar offshore. On the Caribbean side, the smallest beach is Calusa (near the Bahia Honda Bridge) offering traditional Caribbean qualities of clear water, white coral sand and a palm backdrop.
Depending on the season or how unlucky you are, seaweed and sand flies may be troublesome.
The Park offers facilities such as charter fishing boats, kayaks and bicycle rentals, camping, restrooms, showers, shops and cafés as well as daily snorkeling tours to the Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary one of the best reefs in the Florida Keys.
Bahia Honda Park accommodation
Three camping areas in the park provide a total of 80 campsites for both tent and RV campers. Rest rooms and hot showers are easily accessible. In addition three duplex cabins are furnished for 6 people per cabin with linen and utensils provided.
Early morning on Smathers Beach in Key West. Photo by Juliancolton
Smathers Beach is Key West’s largest beach, a busy 2 mile length of sand located south of Roosevelt Boulevard with plenty of parking and many activities on offer – water sports rentals, parasailing, windsurfing, volleyball, bike paths, snack vendors, restrooms, eating and drinking spots and more.
Smathers Beach seen from the sea. Photo Marc Averette.