By: Paul S. Cilwa Viewed: 11/14/2019
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The 2.5-mile natural, white sand beach was rated the #1 beach in 1992 in the United States, the first Florida beach to be so honored.
Paul S. Cilwa

As wonderful as Key West is for its scenic beaches, the fact is that sandy beaches are very rare among coral reef islands. However, just 36 miles up the Overseas Highway, is Bahia Honda Key, which has a most excellent white sand beach, as well as trails, flowering plants and trees, and more.

A nature trail near the park's oceanside beach skirts a tidal lagoon before passing through a coastal hardwood hammock. Bicycling and inline skating can be done on the park's 3.5-mile (5.6 km) paved road, and there are several fishing and picnicking spots in the area. The Sand and Sea Nature Center features displays about local sea and shore life, including corals, shells, crabs, sea urchins, drift seeds, sea sponges and sea turtles. Kayaks and snorkeling gear can be rented at the park, and boat trips for snorkeling on the reef are available. The park has a marina with boat slips available for overnight rental. Campsites (primitive and full hook-up) and vacation cabins are available, although reservations for the winter months can be very difficult to get.

Paul S. Cilwa
Paul S. Cilwa
Paul S. Cilwa
Paul S. Cilwa