Friends of Bahia Honda
Electrical Project

The Friends of Bahia Honda State Park are commited to helping the park make safety and quality improvements. 

Electrical Project

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Electrical Project 2020

Why This Project?

Recently The Friends of Bahia Honda funded a project to provide electricity to the Nature Center storage facility and the two pavilions near Calusa Beach. This project provides the park with the ability to store Nature Center displays and historical items in a climate controlled environment. It also provides some much needed lighting inside the shed. The power to the pavilions will allow the park to expand their event space. Annual events like Earth Day were previously confined to the area near the Nature Center. With access to electricity at the pavilions the event can spread out. "Participants like the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute bring touch tanks that require electricity to aerate to the tanks, now we can set them up in a covered pavilion with lots of room." says Park Services Specialist Keely Final. Another benefit for powered pavilions is the ability to host night time events at the park. The possibilities are endless. The electricity will not be accessible at the pavilions during normal operations and will only be turned on for special events.

Project Cost

Thanks to the generous supporters of the Friends of Bahia Honda State Park, we were able to fund this $8,900 project.

Project Completion

October 2020   
 
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Welcome to Bahia Honda State Park

On the way to Key West, Bahia Honda offers the awestruck traveler the chance to ask “do I need to travel any further?”

Quick History

Henry Flagler’s bold effort to build a railroad to Key West in the early 1900s turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination.

Known for its iconic Florida scenery—palm-lined beaches, gin-clear waters and magnificent sunsets—visitors to the park enjoy balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. Kayaks and snorkeling gear can be rented and boat trips to the reef for snorkeling excursions are available.

The park is also an excellent place to observe wading birds and shorebirds, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces nature lovers to the island’s plants and animals.

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Current Foot Print

Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 37 in the Florida Keys has become a favorite destination for visitors to our island paradise. The park, encompassing over 500 acres and an offshore island offers some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida. The perfect and quiet getaway for the entire family.

The concession service provider offers a complete gift shop, snack bar, kayak rentals and daily snorkeling tours to the fabulous Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary. The concessions are operated by the Coral Reef Park Co.

Become a Member

Membership

The Friends of Bahia Honda State Park is a not-for-profit, grass roots group of volunteers dedicated to the Preservation, Beautification, and Support of Bahia Honda State Park.  We work closely with Bahia Honda State Park management and the Florida State Park Service to help accomplish these goals.  Friends of Bahia Honda State Park volunteers receive no monetary compensation for their services.  All donations go directly to the support of the park and related services including park facility and program improvements, special events and community outreach.

Your membership entitles you to 7 days of admission to the park for one year (each for one vehicle with up to 8 occupants), our newsletter, calendar and an invitation to membership meetings and member only special events. 

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