With a new moon and a lunar eclipse darkening southern skies this month, there’s no better time to grab a blanket and layout under the stars. Stargazing opportunities are the best when the moon is hiding and spilling less light into the sky, but what about when you can’t avoid the moon? The remote Florida state park of Bahia Honda offers prime stargazing chances year-round!\nBahia Honda turns into a completely magical place once the sun goes down. As the darkest place in the Keys for starry skyscape views, you’re bound to see stars you’ve never been able to witness before.\nFlorida has some great places for stargazing, but Bahia Honda arguably takes the cake, and maybe even the entire dessert tray, with its breathtaking views of the Milky Way, planets, and constellations. This place gives you all the opportunity to break out those long exposure settings to capture the galaxy on camera.\nVisitors are encouraged to traverse the Old Bahia Honda Bridge, walk the shorelines, and keep their gazes up at the heavens for some magnificent views.\nView this post on Instagram I haven’t gone Milky Way shooting this year but it’s on my “To-Do” list though! This is a shot from one of my favorite Milkway spots in the Keys . Hope you’re all having a great weekend. . . Nikon D750 Rokinon 20MM F1.8 manual lens Single shot 30 seconds, F2.0 iso2000 . . #shotz__fired #shotzdelight #milkywayphotography #milkyway #milkywaychasers #instagram #voyaged #moodygrams #nightphotography #sky_painters #sky_sultans #raw_skies #raw_beaches #hey_ihadtosnapthat #fav_skies #ig_world_photo #sky_brilliance #world_bestsky #dream_image #nature_sultans #justgoshoot #fingerprintofgod A post shared by Ross Macdonald (@r_o_s_s_m_a_c) on Apr 26, 2020 at 6:20am PDT\nThe sunsets are nothing to scoff at either, and there’s plenty to do during the day while you wait for the nighttime show to begin. Snorkel, scuba dive, take a boat tour, and learn about the history and natural wonders of this Florida park.\nView this post on Instagram Decided to get in the Christmas spirit and decorate my fav tree in the keys!! I think it was worth it, no? 😊🎄 My heart is so full ❤️💚 A post shared by Jesse Koblentz (@grateful.jess) on Dec 14, 2019 at 6:20pm PST\nYou can even camp overnight in cabins or tents, right along the seashore, so the best views are never far.\nThe remote island lies far from populating city lights, and even rests on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, giving you the best of both oceanic worlds.\nView this post on Instagram Sea, sand, and a whole lotta stars! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 • • • • • #nikkor #nikonphotography #nikon📷 #nikonusa #nightscaper #igs_world #natureromantix #longexpohunter #ig_great_shots #ig_great_pics #createexploretakeover #theimaged #fantastic_universe #worldbestgram #explorers #bestbeaches #wideangle #jaw_dropping_shots #nightphoto #longexposure #splendid_reflections #global_hotshotz #reflecting_perfection #ig_astrophotography #astrophotography #nightcrawlers #fullframe #natgeospace #universetoday #astrophoto A post shared by Tom Roche (@offshoretom) on May 11, 2017 at 11:50am PDT\nTreat yourself to one of the best seats in Florida for stargazing and check out Bahia Honda State Park.\nBahia Honda State Park\nPrice: $8 per vehicle\nAddress: 36850 Overseas Hwy., Big Pine Key, FL\nWhy You Need To Go: You've never had views of the stars quite like what this Florida state park can offer.\nWebsite\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.