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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

1025601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
305-451-6300
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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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Sierra Vista
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went here for the snorkeling. Snorkeling was fair. It had a very nice beach. Had a nice marina and little acquarium, great place to take the family,

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

A lovely place to sit and relax and swim in quite surroundings. We were out of Swanson so not sure how busy it gets. There are also a couple of interesting nature trails to follow. Take bug spray if it's that time of year.

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Key Largo, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Like the title says, nice beach. I have done some fishing there and did OK. But if it's hot and humid, you better have some sort of bug protection. It is a nice park, but very expensive store and cafeteria. Bring your own food and drinks. Nice boat/snorkel tours and kayak rentals.

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St. Louis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

My husband and I took our first snorkeling trip at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park this past trip to the keys. The coral reef was absolutely stunning but I was so shocked at how many people broke and destroyed the reef. Our crew never entered the water and the boat sat super far away from where you were allowed... More

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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Beautiful area! We went snorkeling and loved every minute of it. Unfortunately for us, it was pouring rain out but we still had fun. They have full rentals available for many activities so it was convenient and inexpensive.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We took the afternoon snorkeling trip out to the "Dry Rocks" reef and Statue of Christ. The entire operation, from the employees who scheduled the trips to the boat and captain, is professional and well-organized. The prices are competitive, and the facilities are worth the fee to enter the park. The kayaking tour is fairly easy if you've kayaked previously,... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have ventured down to Pennekamp a handful of times from Miami. It's an easy hour or so from downtown and is well worth the drive. The park features an incredible mangrove growth and you can rent kayaks to explore the waterways. I highly recommend signing up for one of the snorkel trips; the water stays at a good temperature... More

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Titusville, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I have been here many times but this time I traveled to the keys with some friends who had never snorkeled before so we decided to start small. Pennekamp was perfect for it. The mangrove snorkeling was really fun. This time we didn't go out on the dive boats but have in the past and those trips are great too.... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

$10 to enter. Started the day off by snorkling at the "shipwreck" at Cannon beach. This beach is very over rated - I wouldn't call it a beach, more like a lagoon with a brownish seabed which gives the water a feel of murkiness even though it isn't. Very rocky. If you are used to sand you will be disappointed.... More

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brussel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Nice beaches and facilities. tried snorkeling, Kayaking and paddle boarding. Can recommend all these.

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