After leaving Key West, we stopped at Bahia Honda State Park for the day on our way to Islamorada. The park has been voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the US several times, so I figured we couldn't pass it by. There are 3 main beaches and some campgrounds perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. Let me just say this - while yes, the views were awesome, the beaches were by no means the "most beautiful". I realize I can be a little picky and grossed out by things that otherwise would not bother the average Joe. However, there were massive piles of seaweed covering the 2 more popular (read: less populated) beaches, and there was a smell emanating from them that made me a bit nauseous! Nicky took a look at the big brown piles, wrinkled his nose and yelled "Ew blech! Yucky mud!" (anything that's wet and brown and on the ground is "mud"). Needless to say, we ventured to the other more populated side, where the water was a bit more clear.
There is an old Overseas Railroad bridge, once part of Henry Flagler's railroad, which stretches out over the water. It definitely made for some awesome views of both land and sea. The walk to the top of the bridge was through a small wooded area, and probably would've been better if we started our day at the top, as we were quite hot and sweaty from the jaunt!
He never did get a black-eye out of it, but we had quite a few questions from the inquisitive individuals we encountered the rest of the day!