Florida is no stranger to powerful hurricanes. Hurricane Michael recently slammed into Florida’s Panhandle at speeds over 155 mph on October 10, 2018. The eye of Hurricane Irma landed on the Florida Keys last year with nearly the same intensity. Hurricanes are powerful forces that easily destroy homes and kill those in its path. They leave millions without power and devastate the local Florida economy.
As soon as locals return to daily life, they hope tourists will do the same. We visited one of the Florida Keys’ popular beaches affected by Hurricane Irma. The beach is still recovering from Irma’s destructive landfall. Though the Atlantic Ocean side of the beach was closed due to storm related repairs, the Gulf side of the Bahia Honda Beach and State Park was beautiful, calm and perfect for any beach or boat lover. The beach is also perfect for families traveling with young kids. It is perfect because the water is shallow and the sand is soft. The inlet is perfectly nestled between two bridges, making the view unbeatable.
Uncovered picnic tables were available. As the sun is strong, bring umbrellas, and plenty of sun protection, to cover and protect the whole family and provide desired shade. Many also bring beach chairs and dip them and their toes in the sandbar-like areas of the park. There is a gift shop area that does sell hamburgers, hot-dogs and snacks, but bring your own coolers if want to load up on your own favorites.
The beach park encompasses over 500 acres to explore and even has boat access to an off-shore island that is perfect to snorkel. But even if stayed close to the beach, school of fish were plentiful, so there was always something new to see and touch. Quiet and peaceful kayaking or fishing tours can also easily be booked.
The Bahia Honda State Park also offers activities for those ready to dry off and stay on shore. Three camping areas offer many campsites for both tent and RV campers. Three furnished duplex cabins are available for lodging. The park also attracts bicyclists that can cruise the park’s 3.5 mile long hard surface road that runs along Bahia Honda.
Come, enjoy and explore this beautiful Florida Keys beach and state park. Tag #theinspiredbee on your social media or contact us to let us know your experience at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you enjoy and love it!