The Florida Keys State Parks are some of the most fantastic in the country. Here are some of our favorite shots from the following parks: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park (Key Largo), Bahia Honda State Park (Big Pine Key), Curry Hammock State Park (Marathon) and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park (Key West).
An interesting fact about the Keys (which I didn’t know in advance) is that due to the coral reefs, shoreline erosion doesn’t happen in most areas and therefore there are very few natural beaches. Bahia Honda is widely regarded as the best natural beach. The Loggerhead Beach on the Atlantic side was closed at the time of our visit due to damage from Hurricane Irma, but Calusa Beach on the bay side was open and really nice. Loggerhead is slated to reopen at the end of June 2018.
While some parts of the Florida Keys State Parks are being restored because of Irma, there is still plenty of beauty to enjoy. Please go and support them! They use the funds to help their restoration efforts.
If you just can’t get enough of the Keys, check out our post The Florida Keys: Key Largo, Islamorada and Marathon. And sign up for our email list to receive notice when our Key West post is available next week.