(Closed) Bahia Honda Anyone

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It seems to me that even if it fills up by 11, it should start to empty out again by 3 p.m. And you’re right, that is probably not the busiest weekend.

Are you only planning to have your ceremony there (reception elsewhere)? Not sure, but those parks tend to close at dusk.

I’m getting married in the Upper Keys (Tavernier), by the way, so if you want any alternative venues further north, let me know. I did tons of research and would be happy to share what I learned.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Bahia Honda is GORGEOUS.  I was just there about 3 weeks ago.  The park was empty besides us, but I can’t speak for the June time frame. 

I hope everything works out for you…I loved Bahia Honda! Absolutely beautiful!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

We went there twice when we went to key west!  Gorgeous water and beaches.

Exactly where are you going to marry?  Where will the reception be?

It was very very busy when we got there…and stayed that way from noon until sundown.  Very natural and pretty area.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I was born in Marathon and lived there for 20 years — in fact, my dad and both sets of grandparents still live there (family restaurant).  My mom decided to leave the Keys after 34 years in order to help me re-locate to college in 2005. 

Needless to say, I’d be very happy to help you with any questions about my hometown.  I grew up at Bahia Honda!  Heck, I remember bridge jumping for the first time at Bahia Honda.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Anyway, to answer your question about the park filling to capacity..I can, without a doubt, promise you that I have NEVER in my 20 years experience of living in the Keys, been turned away from the park.  There are two sides of the park and it is true that one side tends to be more popular (the side adjacent to the old Bahia Honda bridge) but I haven’t ever seen it fill entirely.  Given the time you’d like to be there, I’m hesitant to feel you will have a problem.

Where do you plan to hold your reception, may I ask?

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Rock Hugger: You’re right, if you’ve definitely decided on the ceremony at Bahia Honda, then Upper Keys won’t work for the reception. Just threw it out there in case you were considering places other than Bahia Honda… good luck!

In Marathon, there’s a beautiful resort called Tranquility Bay that has a well-reviewed restaurant (Butterfly Cafe). I can also recommend Lazy Days South – I’ve been to the north location which is excellent, and the reviews are even better for the south location and they have decent package prices for special events.

 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MadiLove918: What restaurant does your family run? I live in Fort Lauderdale, but have a house in Key Largo and spend a lot of time in the Keys, but don’t get down to Marathon often enough. Would love to have a new place to try!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@NotYourTypicalBride:  Hey there!  My family has owned and run Herbie’s Restaurant at milemarker 50.5 since the 1970s.  Right now my grandma and uncle are running the business alone and I honestly haven’t been there in a few years (have since moved and become a mother so travel has been scarce), but I hear it’s still the classic “ma and pop” Keys restaurant it’s always been.  ๐Ÿ™‚  I hope the food is just as good today as it was when I left!  I HIGHLY recommend the fried fish sandwich and conch fritters.  OH how I wish I was there now for some lunch!

 @Rock Hugger:  You named all places I’m quite familiar with! 

I spent a lot of time at the Cabana Club because I went to school with the owner’s children and they hosted our local swim team every week at their pool.  I’m not sure what they have turned into now as far as restaurant goes but I only recall being able to order poolside.  (Burgers, hotdogs…) 

There’s the Key Colony Inn that has a nice banquet room for rent and their food is pretty good.  It’s more of an “upscale” Keys restaurant where everyone goes for anniversaries and birthday dinners.  They serve seafood but their menu also features a lot of your classic dinner fare (chicken and pasta dishes).  I have a few friends who held their reception there, too.  They serve a decent meal in a nice atmosphere.  http://www.kcinn.com/specialevents.html  Please know that when I say “upscale”, I mean instead of wearing flip flops and jeans to dinner, you throw on a sundress and sandals.  ๐Ÿ˜‰  Keys-style is WAY laid back, I’m sure you know.  KCB Inn isn’t ritzy by any means but they certainly aren’t your outdoors, jean shorts kind of place either.  Hope that makes sense…

Tranquility Bay is rather new — it opened just before I left the Keys.  I haven’t eaten there but I’ve been on property and it’s GORGEOUS!  Definitely not a hole in the wall and I want to say they’re a bit pricey.  I haven’t supported them much because they are owned by a huge corporation that created quite a bit of havoc in the Key sbefore I left.  (You know, big names coming to town that force some of the “ma and pops” out.) 

Have you looked into the new Sunset Grill at the 7-Mile Bridge?  My dad says the reviews have been positive although he hasn’t been able to try them out himself just yet.   http://www.sunsetgrille7milebridge.com/ordereze/Default.aspx

And then there’s my FAVORITE!  Keys Fisheries is definitely a “hole in the wall”…it’s located right on the marina where the fresh catches pull right up to the dock.  It’s not what I’d consider a typical reception location but it’s definitely unique and the food is wooooonderful.  http://www.keysfisheries.com/restaurant.html

Another wonderful restaurant that comes to mind is one owned by my childhood friend’s family.  Annette’s Lobster & Steakhouse is probably one of Marathon’s most “upscale” restaurants!  They serve a great meal at reasonable prices and the dessert is dynamite.  Can’t find her website at this moment…  ๐Ÿ™

And the last one I can think of off the top of my head would be Castaway’s Waterfront.  In fact, when I found their website for you, under their Birthdays, Etc. section, the family in “Jesse’s 22nd” photo album happen to be the family that owns the Cabana Club!  Haha!  Oh such a small town…  Anyway, here’s their link: http://www.jonesn4sushi.com/Castaway/CASTAWAY_WATERFRONT.html

When I speak to my mom later today I’ll pick her brain and see if she has any other ideas for ya.  Feel free to ask any questions — between the TINY town that Marathon is and having grown up there, I’m sure I can help in many ways.  And if I can’t, I can call my family and friends who can! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MadiLove918: Next time I make it to Marathon, I’ll be sure to stop in and say, “I ‘met’ your granddaughter/niece on WeddingBee!” LOL

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@NotYourTypicalBride:  Aww!  I hope you have a great meal — try the fried fish sandwich and conch fritters…mmmm!  Oh and how I’d kill for some conch or clam chowder.  My stomach is growling!

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are doing our Ceremony and reception in Marathon.  We are having our Ceremony at Sunset Park in Key Colony Beach and our reception at Cabana Breezes (Cabana Club).  We looked at both Cabana Breezes and Key Colony Inn and really liked them both, but we went with Cabana b/c it’s right on the water and the pricing wasn’t too much more.  We didn’t mind paying a little extra for the awesome view!!  I definitley recommend checking them both out though!  Good Luck.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Oh, and if you need someone to help coordinate your wedding or a place to rent supplies from, call Jill from Mile Marker Party Rental…She’s awesome!!!

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