This park was voted best beach back in the 1990's and I can totally see why. The water was clear and warm, perfect for swimming and snorkeling. I was able to see lots of coral pieces, fish and even a crab while snorkeling around. Bahia Honda state park has a couple of beaches both on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean side. There is lots to do here as well, you can camp, hike, swim, fish, even launch a boat or kayak from the marina there. The cost to get in was only $9 (that doesn't include camping fees).
The Florida Keys are beautiful but not all of their beaches are the same. Some are really rocky since a lot of the coast is made up of coral reef. The beach here at Bahia Honda is sandy and very nice to walk on. If you weren't impressed with some of the other beaches in the Florida keys then come visit here!
I thought this was the perfect place for families too because the surf was calm and the water was clear and mostly shallow. They have a gift shop and a concession stand selling things like subs and pizza to candy and snorkel gear. I've been to a lot of Florida's state parks and Bahia Honda is my new favorite place! Next time we visit we plan to camp here so we can see more of the park!