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!

Bahia 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.

Florida 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.

Visitors are encouraged to traverse the Old Bahia Honda Bridge, walk the shorelines, and keep their gazes up at the heavens for some magnificent views.

The 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.

You can even camp overnight in cabins or tents, right along the seashore, so the best views are never far.

The 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.

Treat yourself to one of the best seats in Florida for stargazing and check out Bahia Honda State Park.

Bahia Honda State Park

Price: $8 per vehicle

Address: 36850 Overseas Hwy., Big Pine Key, FL

Why You Need To Go: You've never had views of the stars quite like what this Florida state park can offer.

Website


We 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.


Start the Conversation
Account Settings
Notifications
Favourites
Log Out