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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the park hours?
The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sunset. The Concession Building is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Do I have to pay a park entrance fee?
All visitors are required to pay an entrance fee:
  • $8.00* per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
  • $2.00* Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
  • $4.00* Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
*Plus $.50 per person Monroe County Surcharge.
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Will I get seasick on the boat tours?
Every effort is made to make your boat trip as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. However, no one can control Mother Nature, and at times sea conditions may be less than ideal. Only you know what your tolerance and that of your children is to motion sickness. You may want to come prepared (wristbands, etc.) or Dramamine may be purchased from our gift shop.
How deep are the reefs? How far offshore are they?
Looe Key is located 12 miles offshore from Bahia Honda State Park Marina. Snorkelers will be in water depths between 5-15 feet.
Is there an age limit for snorkeling?
There is no age limit for children as long as they are accompanied by an adult. We do require everyone, regardless of age, to be able to swim if they are going snorkeling on our tours.
What do I need to bring on the snorkeling tour?
The most important thing to bring is an ability to swim. The crew conducts a "how to snorkel" class on the boat for those who have never snorkeled, but you do need to be able to swim. We provide you with a safety vest (USCG requires them to be worn at all times in the water) and you can rent mask, snorkel, and fins or use your own. If you do rent our equipment, you will be asked to leave a security deposit. Wetsuits are recommended when the water temperature dips below 78° F (25° C) — you can rent these, too. You will want to bring: bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, and maybe a dry change of clothes.
Is there a place to shower once I've come back from snorkeling?
Yes, there are outside showers and changing areas located at the main restroom. This main restroom area is across from the concession building.
Can we take animals in the park? On the boats?
Pets are allowed in camping areas, but not on beaches, on tour or rental boats, or in any buildings and may be restricted to other designated areas. All pets must be kept on a six-foot, hand-held leash and be well-behaved at all times. Guide dogs for the deaf and blind are welcome in all areas of the park.
Do we need reservations?
Reservations are recommended, in advance, especially during holidays. Snorkeling — (305)872-3210, Camping or cabins — (800)326-3521
Where can we stay?
For information on accommodations in the Bahia Honda area, call Marathon Chamber of Commerce at (800)262-7284 or call AA Accommodation Center, Inc. at (800)732- 2006.
How long does it take to get to Key West?
Key West is approximately 37 miles from Bahia Honda and takes roughly 45 minutes to travel.
Does anyone get in the water with you on snorkeling tours?
Each boat is crewed by a captain and first mate who is a certified Divemaster. Crew members do not act as guides in the water but do conduct "how to snorkel" lessons on the boat.
Are we going to see a shark?
Yes. Most common shark seen is the nurse shark. They are nocturnal, active mostly at night.
Can we walk or swim out to the reef?
No, it is best to visit the coral reefs by boat.
Does the boat stay at the reef?
During the 1 and 1/2 hours at the reef, the boat remains moored there so you can get on or off the boat at will.
Is private boat dockage available?
Dock space with electric and water hook-up is available for private boats. For more information and rates, call (305)872-3210 or VHF Channels 16 and 10.