We spend our time biking the parks roads and walking the beaches, swimming, and kayaking and watching the sunset. Days can go by really quickly here. ….with lots of road noise. I am easily distracted from the road noise that is prevalent in the park by the blue water and fine weather
|View From Old Bridge|
There is a concession in the park where one could eat if they are desperate with no healthy food present and a gift shop as well. Wifi is in this area as well. The bottonwood bathhouse is adequate. Sites are spaced well enough.
The park also offers snorkeling trips when it is not too windy. Make sure you book when the water is pretty flat or underwater visibility will be reduced. They rent kayaks. There are three beaches to choose from. There are a variety of activities to keep you busy here: fishing with license, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, sailboarding. Take a walk up on the old Bahia bridge to see if you can spot some sharks, sea turtles, baracudas or rays.
There are three different campgrounds here. Buttonwood which is for rv's and has a bathhouse facility and dump station. Campsites have electric and water. Sandspur is for tents or pop ups only and some sites do have electric. Bayside Camping has sites for tents only and low vehicle heights of 6'8". Bayside also has cabins that you can rent via www.reserveamerica.com for $130+ per night.
They are right on the water (old quarry). You can fish in this quarry (no boats, swimming or snorkeling). You can fish see a variety of young fish swimming around the edge of the quarry.
Weekends bring the Big Pine Flea Market where you can buy produce and all types of flea market products…mostly Florida beach themed. Key West is something you should do once (maybe just once) and that is 60 miles and 1.5 hours away (a slow drive)…just don’t do it on weekend if you can help it (traffic).
Snorkel boats go out of Marathon and that was fun to do. They took us to Sombrero Reef which just off shore. Reasonably priced places to eat: Big Pine Restaurant in Big Pine, Marathon: Keys Fisheries (get there early and this is a place your order and pick it up place/go sit to eat), Upper Crust Pizza (across from the community park in Marathon).
You are lucky if you can secure a campsite at Bahia Honda State park. They are hard to get.
Other options for camping in the Florida Keys are: Jolly Roger Travel Park, Knights Key, Siesta Key, among others.