Friends of Bahia Honda
Interpretive Display

New Interpretive Display that depicts the wrack line and all the wonders it holds.

Sandspur Beach's newawesome interpretive wrack line display.

The friends of Bahia Honda recently funded a new interpretive display for the park. The display depicts the wrack line and all the wonders it holds. This is the brainchild of volunteer Sam Horak and comes from her love of teaching.

Sam would set up a seaside science display near her camp site to help people understand the importance of the wrack line and all the elements that make up a natural shoreline. 

The Friends funded a larger scale display to be shared with all the guests. Since Hurricane Irma shut down the parks nature center in 2017 it is important to find creative ways to teach guests about the park. 

The display is located in the Sandspur parking lot near the bathhouse. A great location since Sandspur Beach is the largest stretch of natural shoreline in the Keys.

It was a team effort to complete the $1200.00 project. Volunteers Carl Harris, Kathy Harris, Jay Choutka, Jeanne Choutka, Sam Horak and former Park Services Specialist Keely Final, all worked together on the build, the artistry, and the interpretive displays. 

We hope you enjoy it and learn something that helps us all care for our precious shorelines and beaches.

What is a wrack line?

The wrack line is the area on the beach where organic material and other debris is deposited at high tide.

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.

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Membership allows 12 visits for the member and up to 7 guests in the same vehicle for a period of one year. All members receive the quarterly newsletter, invitation to member only events and discounts to special events. Memberships may be purchased once per year.

The Friends of Bahia Honda State Park Inc. is a volunteer, nonprofit, citizen support organization created to generate public awareness, education, financial support,
preservation, and maintenance of our local state parks.

Friends Trust: This fund accepts any monetary amount as a memorial or donation.

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