Details for Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 21 reviews

Address 36850 Overseas Hwy
Big Pine Key, FL 33043


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: The marina is operated by a concessionaire and has nothing to do with the state park system.


No dockmaster or anything else. Just pump out and tie up. Dockmaster is in the concession stand. One complementary cup of coffee or soda per crew member and a 10# bag of ice per day is included.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 3.5
Transient dockage: 4
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Controlling depth is 3.5 feet (measuredf) at MLW in the channel entering the tiny harbor, deeper water up to 6 feet once inside. Soft sand bottom in the channel and harbor.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Beam is controled by the width of the channel. No problem with 15 foot beam on a catamaran.


Transient: 19
Total: 19
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2017-03-03)

Other price info: Plus tax and daily fee of $2.50.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: None available.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Included

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - 14 day maximum. If you depart for just for a day you can return, but no long term dockage rates, only daily.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets allowed on leashes in the park, but not on the beach, consession stand, or camping area.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Self service, free.






Yes - The showers are located in the camper area which is a long walk from the marina.










Yes - There's a concession stand on the premises.



Hotels or motels

No - Rental cabins may be available.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Chartering is allowed out of here, but same as live aboard it is a 14 day maximum and they only offer daily rates.

Internet access

Yes - Free WIFI at the concession stand. Three bars on Sprint. Excellent signals three bars or above for ATT and T-Mobile.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Two double wide ramps.


Yes - Bus stop adjacnt to the entrance. Service is infrequent but usually on time. North bound bus line stops between a Kmart and a shopping center with a Publix grogery in Marathon.

Other services


Reviews for Bahia Honda State Park
Nice but very basic, 2017-04-05
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1332)

This small keyhole marina is well protected and offers a port of refuge for shallow draft boats in a blow. We measured the depth going in at low water and found exactly 3.5 feet, but the bottom's soft and there's deeper water--up to 6 feet--inside. Clearly this marina is intended for small boats, and large, heavy boats would be out of place inside. However, there's a nice anchorage off the beach--just be mindfiul that you'll lie to the current and when when and current are opposing it can get uncomfortable, especially in wind over 15 knots.

Good protection from NE winds, 2016-11-02
Captain: , Orlando, FL (275)

We had a nice calm night in the harbor protected from over 20kn NE winds. Boats tie off to posts around the seawall of the harbor. Most of the posts are wobbly and not sure how much pressure they can take without breaking off. We started to tie to a post and it nearly broke offf. The park needs to install cleats on the cement. $2/ft includes 30a power and water, also includes one bag of ice and a drink each day from snack bar. Staff very friendly. Private showers in campground or outside showers near beach. Nice boat ramp, but only allowed to store vehicle and trailer for each day you rent slip. Not too many bugs in November even through you are tied right next to mangrove. Almost none after dark. Entrance did seem shallow, showed 5 to 5.5 ft near low tide. Only one other boat in harbor during our stay.

Port in a storm, 2016-02-17
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (686)

We sought protection inside the marina from a storm and the dock master was very accommodating. No bumps on the way in on the evening high tide but the morning high tide was difficult to drag over with my 5' draft.

A Great Stop for a Couple Nights, 2016-02-08
Captain: , Aurora, Indiana (100)

We docked here for two nights (1/30-1/31) after,our departure from Key West. We called to see if we needed reservations and the responded not this time of year. The questioned our draft saying they only had about 3.5 at low tide. Considering there is only about a foot tidal range we were a little concerned on our entry at 80 minutes after high tide. Upon entry we never saw less than 5.7. We departed 45 minutes before low and showed 4.7 giving us 7 inched under the keel. I would not hesitate to stop here again. 360 degrees protection and a great state park to go along with it.

Shallow entrance, 2015-01-28
Captain: , St Louis Missouri (276)

I called the harbor just before high tide on 1-24-15 to see if I could get our 6 foot draft sailboat in as the weather was deteriorating. The answer was yes so we headed in. Northwest gusting winds with resulting waves behind us as we entered the channel prevented me from turning around after the first bump as I entered. The waves actually helped us chew our way in as we bounced along. Plenty of depth after getting in. I will read the nav section for myself in the future. Another worker told me that the deepest draft before me was a 5 footer, so hey, I have that going for me! People were nice. person who gave bad info was contrite. Getting out was an adventure but Nor-Cal from Canada helped out with requested wakes to free us as we exited at a high tide on 1-29-15

great stop, 2015-01-19
Captain: , Ft Myers, Florida (1804)

Apparently the Marina has been rebuilt. The electric and water were good. tie up along the marina sea wall. There are fairly new solid wooden post that are attached all around the marina to the bulkheads. These post are what u tie up to and are "fenders". There was no surge in the marina. The entrance was 3 to 4 ft at low tide. Good camp store with stuff to buy and Ice Cream the dipping kind or bars! They have a boat that runs trips out to Loue Key to snorkel. Great beaches for walking and roads within the park for cycling. Good bathrooms although showers Re outdoors. Free pump out . $2.00/ft./ night. Easy to walk anywhere in park. Very well protected and great security. One of our favorite stops in the Keys. Our ride is a 41 PDQ, power cat.
Two to three bars on ATT. Good sat TV reception from Marina.

Had fun but thats it., 2014-10-31
Captain: , Southport, NC (716)

Yes, the marina staff is friendly. Yes, its beautiful with the beaches and snorkeling. The snack bar has a wonderful Nathans hot dog and ice cream. Bathrooms are clean and facilities top knotch. All that is nice, however, the marina docks have issues. The docks dont have any cleats. They just have 6"x6" post (not pilings). The post are screwed into the concrete wall and are mostly all loose. You cant spring off a post or it will snap it right off. There's 30 amp power only and my pole had a broken breaker so we had to go down father. The marina is very small so you really need to call ahead to see if they have room. Water depth going into the marina is skinny so if you have great than 3.5ft draft you need to ride the high tide. It was very quite after dark and no traffic at the boat ramp located in the marina.

Beautiful, lush and tropical, 2013-12-20
Captain: , The Villages, FL (368)

We stayed for one night and really enjoyed it. There is a beautiful 2 mile long beach (one of the only natural beaches in the keys), lots of lush coconut palm trees, a lot of railroad history, and a great little nature center with very friendly and knowledgable staff.

The marina staff was friendly as well and the $2/foot included a bag of ice and coffee in the morning. The showers in the campground area were clean with plenty of hot water. The park has lots of places to stretch your legs, on the beach, nature trails and roads. We walked to some very nice cabins. The history of the Bahia Honda Railroad Bridge was very interesting. And the small $2.50 hand-dipped ice cream cone at the concession was HUGE...two LARGE and delicious scoops!

The only negative is that we hooked up to electricity and it stopped working for some reason and we didn't really notice since everything on our boat also runs on batteries. So our house batteries were being used instead of getting charged up.

We would stay again and recommend this place to others.

Our favorite stop going South, 2013-11-14
Captain: , Miami (100)

We stayed there for nights. The beach is great, the people are friendly and for the price is provides the basics that is electricity, water, pump out and a nice store. Be prepared to call a taxi if you want to venture to restaurants or go shopping.

Very friendly staff, 2013-09-02
Captain: , Montgomery Alabama (1102)

They were very helpful in getting us setup . The cost is $2.00 a foot , plus a free bag of ice and free cokes per day . Reasonable for the keys. Free pumpout .
You tie to the wall around the basin .
The bathrooms are a bit of a walk into the campground . The Park is beautiful with many things to see .
We stayed here Labor Day weekend 2013 , and greatly enjoyed it .

Great place to stay, 2013-02-21
Captain: , NORTH EAST, MD (125)

First, I want to say that the staff here were very friendly and helpful. The facilities were nice and clean. The bathhouse was located in the camping area and was a little bit of a walk from the marina area, but there were toilets and outdoor rinse showers close by. There is a small beach for swimming, snack bar, gift shop and dive shop(which has snorkel trips to the reef). Free wifi at the snack bar also. As said before, the entrance into the marina basin is 3.5 feet, but there were afew big boats anchored out within easy dinghy distance. There are two nice boat ramps, with plenty of room and parking ( i would call about long term parking though). The local bus line stops at the main gate, so you can catch a ride to the next "town" or further (Key West).

Very nice place to spend some time., 2013-01-17
Captain: , Dothan, Alabama (140)

This is a nice park that is frequented by car based tourists. Lots of them in and out through the day in the summer months. They have a nice store with a little deli that's easily accessable. There is a boat ramp here that is used a good bit but I don't know if they do long term truck and trailer storage. They have outdoor freshwater rinse showers that are great when cruising on a 17'er. Just bathe in the cockpit with salt water then take the kayak in to rinse off with the fresh water for free ;).

Great spot!, 2013-01-15
Captain: , Brandon, MS (65)

We have stayed here twice. The marina is very protected. The park staff are great. The showers / heads are a long walk from the marina. The beach is great and the entire place is beautiful. Looe Key reef is about 10 miles out, or you can take the daily tour boat. The entrance to the marina has a depth of 3.5'.

best beach in the Keys, 2012-08-29
Captain: , Atlanta, GA (291)

Great spot for a night or two. Beach can get a little busy (for the keys...crowded is a relative term) during the day, but is quite peaceful once the day trippers move on. This is a good place to relax before heading for the chaos of Key West or Miami.

Keys Beach & Park, 2012-07-25
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (144)

Bahia Honda State Park is very well maintained and offers an excellent family beach facility, one of the very few in the Keys. They have motor home and camping space rentals and a few cabins that must be booked well in advance. Looking south you have an excellent & often pohotographed view of the old Bahia Honda railroad/highway bridge and the new highway bridge.

Excellent place to get away!, 2012-03-16
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

Very quiet at night even though the park sees lots of day traffic. Dock was fine - sand along west side tracks easily into the boat - put out a mat! Nice bike ride to cabin area around the point.

Depth in the channel coming in was found to be 4.5 feet with 0.6 tide and rising. No problem for us to get in. Concession stand with icecream and sandwiches. Overall a relaxing stay!

Last bargin in the Keys, 2011-03-31
Captain: , Big Torch Key, FL (1970)

Free day dockage w/o hookups. Channel is starting to shoal on the north side about mid way in, favor the south side (with the rock wall).

Free pump out and a free cup of coffee per day, 2011-02-14
Captain: , Jacksonville, Fl (525)

This is one of our favorite places to wait out bad weather because the harbor is so well protected from all directions. There is absolutly no waves in the marina.
Storms normally approch with a NW wind changing to a North wind wich makes anchoring between the bridges problematic. There is one mooring of unknowen ownership that may be used on a first come basis.

Nice day anchorage, 2010-06-02
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

We anchored just offshore between the bridges. Good holding but many smaller fishing boats zooming by. Did some snorkeling and saw no sharks but did see a nice sized ray.

shallow entrance, 2010-03-03
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Don't swim here, even though it is one of the keys best rated beaches, lots of sharks in the cut. LOTS!

Stay here overnight., 2007-02-12
Captain: , Stuart,FL Wilmington,NC (53)

Shallow Draft into this facility. Nothing here but tie up and pump out. We pulled in in a 40' motor yacht with a 2'9" draft and stayed the night. Great experience. Unbelievable sunset thru the bridge and no concerns about dragging. If you can get in here - do it and enjoy the beach, funyaks, grills. It is very dark and quite here.

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