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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

1025601 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 102.5, Key Largo, FL 33037
305-451-6300
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As featured in Daytrips from Miami and 1 other guide
Ranked #9 of 22 attractions in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks, National Parks, Beaches, Reefs, Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Tours
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Traveler Description: Key Largo is a beautiful town known for its diving and snorkeling industry.  It's the top most of the Florida Keys and home to some of the world's... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Saint Stephen, South Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

John pennekamp park is a very nice park and campground. The check in staff were friendly and helpful. The campsites were a little unlevel, but overall very nice for a state park. Bath houses were clean and our site had a sewer, electric, and water hookup. Unusual for state parks to have sewer dumps at the site so this was... More

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bristol, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Park entrance fee is around $5 per head. Took a 2.5 hour snorkel trip with one of the park boats (about $6 cheaper than other highway options). About 1.5 hours snorkel time, lovely corals: fan, brain, stagshorn etc. and a variety of fish, lots of large barracuda, a shark and spotted ray and loads of really big parrot fish. Very... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful park. We spent the day kayaking instead of scuba diving because it was so windy and that was a really fun experience. The camping was only okay. We were in a tent but it felt like an RV campground. The bugs were still biting so bring bug spray!

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This park has a small beach and swim area. If you have never snorkeled before, this is a great place to get your feet wet. The swim area even has an old shipwreck in it, if you can find it. There is food in the giftshop that is decent. We also camped there one night, which I would NOT recommend... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Our group spent an enjoyable afternoon snorkelling at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.If you're visiting the Key Largo area,you shouldn't miss this opportunity as it is a very safe and efficiently run operation.There were several families on our boat and they seemed to all enjoy the wonder of snorkelling on the reef near Key Largo.You should allow yourself... More

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

For $9 entry for the two of us is very good value for money, lots to do with good facilities for a wide range of interests

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Compassrose89
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Paddle a kayak through the mangroves and see the baby fish swimming in safety. Herons and egrets, maybe even a spoon billed rosette nesting. Explore Molasses Reef where you see soft coral as well as hard. Goliath grouper, yellowtail snapper, parrotfish, nurse shark,angelfish, barracuda. Walk through nature! Amazing sights!

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We took the noon snorkeling trip from the park. It was a beautiful trip out to the reef. Friendly, helpful staff. Lots of time to snorkel, and a mini lesson before we jumped into the water. Since returning I have thought back to the varieties of coral, barracudas, parrot fish and many others we saw and it's my picture of... More

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a great location for kayaking. Incredible staff, well thought out offerings for swimming, diving, kayaking, glass bottom boats. We didn't stay in the campground but did walk through it to check it out for future visits and give it a thumbs up.. if you're looking for more privacy and a slower pace the campground can certainly meet your... More

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Key Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This park has so many options......a beach, a museum, boat trips, kayak rentals, etc. If you enjoy snorkling you can do it right from the beach. The museum is small but worth checking out.....the kids love it.

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