- The 524-acre Bahia Honda State Park's number one attraction is the beaches. In particular, Sandspur Beach was rated in 1992 as "Best Beach in America." Typically, the beaches in the Florida Keys are not the main attraction. Little sand and a hard limestone surface dominate the waterfront. However, Bahia Honda is different. The sandy edge is wide in terms of beaches found in the Keys. The sand is thick and soft and there is a constant flow of warm ocean breezes that seem to magically slow the temperament of visitors. The surf is gentle and crystal clear with a tranquilizing aquamarine appearance. Darker areas of the water are lush with seagrasses, sea fans and sea plumes that sway with the water's motion. When the sun gets too hot, sunbathers flock to the warm soothing waters and let their bodies relax to the rhythm of the ebb and flow. Others snorkel below the water's surface to explore the sponges, corals and stunning tropical fish. While others find relaxation in wind surfing, sea kayaking or canoeing in the shaded narrow mangroves in search of unique birdlife.
Other attractions along the beach include the Silver Palm Nature Trail where tourists explore the 0.5-mile hike observing a variety of oceanside communities. Park staff even offer guided tours along this small stretch of path. Picnic facilities, a bathhouse, and plenty of parking are welcome accompaniments to Sandspur Beach.
Bahia Honda State Park has two other beaches, Loggerhead Beach and Calusa Beach. Loggerhead Beach is located near an ocean overlook, which is a good place to be at sunset. It also has a concessionaire who rents a variety of beach ware from sunbathing chairs to snorkeling gear. Calusa Beach is located next to the main marina on a quiet stretch of waterfront, great for small children. There is also a shaded picnic area at Calusa.