A tranquil slice of nature with perfect views of the highway
Once rated the greatest beach in America by the esteemed Dr. Beach, this state park off Big Pine Key is a relaxing roadside paradise with unrivaled snorkeling. The sand straddles the Overseas Highway, with views of the partially-demolished bridge from the old road to one side, and the fancy new bridge in the other.
Where to eat/drink: There ain’t much around Bahia Honda, so your best bet is to pack a lunch and eat on the sand. There’s also a small concession stand with sandwiches, hot dogs, and ice cream. When you leave the park, The No Name Pub is your best bet, a dollar-bill-filled biker dive with the best pizza in the Keys.
Know before you go: The park offers two of the biggest stretches of sand in the Keys -- Sandspur and Calusa beaches. And it’s the odd state park in the island chain with beaches on both the Atlantic and bay sides. Parking here is ample, but gets filled up early on weekends. So the tip here is to go even earlier than you thought you needed to.