Friends of Bahia Honda
Calusa Pavilions

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

Calusa Beach 2021

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Canopies for Pavilions

Why This Project?

In 2017 Hurricane Irma wiped out the roofs on the pavilions on Calusa Beach, leaving little or no shade for our visitors.. 

Pavilion Cost

Thanks to the generous supporters of the Friends of Bahia Honda State Park, we were able to fund this $5200 project.

Project Completion and Details

Our park manager, Mark Duncan, was able to design 2 rectangular and 1 right angle sun shades with removable pin mounts, powder-coated aluminum frames and Coolshade plus vinyl laminate type fabric for the pavilions, utilizing the existing columns. In the event of inclement weather, these shades can be removed by park staff and stored for safety. Our park visitors will now be able to enjoy the beauty of Calusa Beach with access to shade in that area of the park.

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.