Bahia Honda–seaside delight
Near the southern end of US 1 in the Florida Keys lies one of the most beautiful stretches of beaches in the United States. Bahia Honda State Park, 33 miles north of Key West, spreads its 524 island acres along 2 1/2 miles of Atlantic Beach and across the island to a swim beach and marina on the Gulf of Mexico.
One of our favorite vacation spots, we went there for a weekend of camping, boating, and snorkeling. As the early morning sky lightened, we rushed from our campsite to the beach to watch the sunrise.
A short distance off shore on the Atlantic side is Little Bahia Honda, an island favorite of sea and wading birds and a delightful place to view tropical fish in shallow water. While my family snorkeled, I concentrated on the island’s bird life. A Snowy Egret chose the rocky island shore for a fishing expedition.
I spent considerable time following this beautiful bird around the island. The wind had kicked up a bit blowing the Egret’s feathers around and causing it to stop for a bit of feather rearranging.
A lone Willet, several Plovers, and Sandpipers ran busily over the island picking up bits of food left by the high tide.
My granddaughter found a Moon Jellyfish that had been stranded on the last tide. She tried to “revive” it, but it had been out of the water too long. Still, it was a wonder to examine.
After a delightful time exploring Little Bahia Honda, the Snowy Egret that I had shadowed for most of the afternoon flew back to Bahia Honda.
We decided to follow.
I hope you will, too. Bahia Honda State Park is a gem strung on the chain of islands that makes up the Florida Keys. If you enjoy picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, bird or butterfly watching, or beach combing; this is the place for you. It is a true seaside delight.