Soakin’ in Some Sun and Christmas

We couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend Christmas than on the beach, and with the temperatures nearing 80, it was the perfect day to lie in the sand and soak up the sun.

We drove an hour north to Bahia Honda (pronounced BAY-ah HON-da) State Park on Big Pine Key. We paid the admission to the park (a very reasonable $8/car), had lunch at the local snack bar, grabbed our towels and plopped down in a spot nearest the sandy beach. The white sand and blue water made for a beautiful scene framed by the old Bahia Honda Bridge.

From the beach at the bridge’s base, we hiked up to the reconstructed section of the old railway bridge to look down at the water and across to the antiquated section of the bridge – a bridge that at one time was the primary method of travel – into the Keys. Built by Railroad Magnate, Breakers Hotel developer and former Standard Oil partner Henry Flagler, the bridge was dubbed “Flagler’s folly” but spurred a great deal of business to the island.

Regularly rated one of the country’s best beaches, we’ll definitely remember our Christmas at Bahia Honda as one of our best beach experiences. That’s for sure.