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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

1025601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
305-451-6300
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As featured in Daytrips from Miami and 1 other guide
Ranked #10 of 22 Attractions in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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 »
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Lubbock, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We were in Key Largo for a family reunion and all went on the glass bottom boat together. We all enjoyed the information and the ability to see the beautiful reef teaming with life. Nice afternoon activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My fiance and I had a great time here for our first trip to the keys. We snorkeled Tuesday with Stephanie and Capt. Joe. This was my first time snorkeling and Stephanie was super helpful. Joe was very entertaining and had lots of info about local wildlife. We both saw lots of sea life and the corral was beautiful. Our... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We went snorkeling there few months ago. We booked our tour few days before. Snorkeling was awesome, clear water, lots of fish. I have some video from our snorkeling, you can find it by searching the name "Banana Reef Snorkeling | John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park | Key Largo | GoPro HD" We were snorkeling in Cozumel Mexico before,... More

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Midlands
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

When I first saw the boat, wasn't convinced that the boat had glass bottom. It is a catamaran, and has 4 portals to see the sea. Great tour, with knowledgeable guides who made sure that everyone saw the main attractions through the portals. Luckily, we saw a shark too. Takes half an hour to get out to ocean, and another... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Booked a snorkel trip with family, 2 children, ages 5 and 7. The staff on board our boat were amazing! They helped my 7 year old daughter over come her fear of using the snorkel mask and breathing tube. After a brief lesson - my daughter was able to snorkel with my husband and I with no worries. It was... More

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Tampa, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We made a reservation the evening before. You can also do it on-line 3 days prior; which might be advisable during high season. Think it might be a bit congested during the summer, but we had 40 people on one reef, which was a few too many. Nice coral, sightings included a shark, barracuda, a few rays. Some Angels and... More

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Pawleys Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

What a great state park. My wife and I have enjoyed several trips here. The snorkeling adventure on the coral reef should not be missed. The kayak adventure is terrific too. We will be back. Word of warning, try to avoid on holiday weekends. Not only is drive on US 1 awful and extremely backed up but the park fills... More

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Rotonda, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

To visit Pennecamp! It is one of our favorite attractions in the Keys. Snorkeling, kayaking, exploring or just walking into the water. A great place for anyone looking for a day of fun or relaxation. You choose .

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Groveland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Went diving labor day week-end. 3-5' seas. Great dive shop staff and great boat staff. Captain and boat crew were very helpful and very friendly. We had a great time. Hopefully we will be back soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wasn't crazy about the fee to enter, but I understand upkeep is needed for the park. My father and I did two dives with the local dive company here. Check-in was easy and quick, the dive boat was awesome, and the crew, Dan, Eric, and Drew, did a great job! Literally no complaints. I was very impressed with the polite,... More

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