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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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Address: Mm 102 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone Number: +1 305-451-6300
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
Description: A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.

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We've been coming down to the Key's for a couple of years and have never been disappointed, John Pennekamp is a definite must-see if you're visiting. We haven't taken the snorkel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We've been coming down to the Key's for a couple of years and have never been disappointed, John Pennekamp is a definite must-see if you're visiting. We haven't taken the snorkel or glass-bottom boats yet but the beaches provide plenty of snorkeling opportunities and they have kayak-paddleboard rentals which are fun to take through the mangroves. If you are visiting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Fun little excursion. The staff is very knowledgable. I thought the ocean colors were just as beautiful as the reef and all the wonderful fish. Made a most interesting little side trip on our vacation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Such a fun experience. Everyone was so accommodating to our needs. It was beautiful and inexpensive. We also paddle boarded (got lost) but it was so pretty.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Great to see coral right at the shore. We paid, parked and went in with our goggles. There is a Spanish ship wreck with canons. The water is beautiful.

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North Port, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We were told by friends that when on our way to Key West (to visit Papa's house) we had two "must do stops"on Key Largo; Alabama Jack's on the Card Sound road leading to the bridge onto Key Largo and the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. We had our own snorkeling gear as we are avid beach, SCUBA and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were able to enjoy 2 tours while visiting key largo. Our 1st was the glass - bottomed boat trip. It was fun and we saw a lot of sea life while seeing the coral reef. The next day we were able to take the snorkeling tour. What an awesome experience. We were able to see fish, coral and the... More 

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CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

Thanks for the nice review. I will let the snorkeling crew know of your comments. Suggest you check out our 50 miles of kayaking trails on your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Highly recommended! One of the coolest experiences!! Staff is friendly and knowledgable. My boyfriend or I did not feel nauseous at all! The boat ride was super fun.

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Linz, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We took the glas boat tour to the reef. This is a nice way, to see the reef without getting wet. At the reef, a woman describes what you see, which animals you see, ... The trip to the reef take about 30 min. There is a voucher on the website, where you can save 5$. The reef is nice,... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We were all set to snorkel and see the sunken ship wreak at the beach but the water was too murky and dark to see anything. And the beach was narrow and rocky. We tried the next beach over and it was worse. It was $9 wasted.

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CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

The focal point of the Park are the living coral reefs that lie 4 to 6 miles offshore. As concession operator, we have several snorkeling tours departing daily. Please consider this inexpensive alternative to snorkeling from the park's beach More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very crowded in the center of things. But there were a few hidden smaller bays. Nice for easy snorkeling. Lots of fish.

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CRPCconcession, Owner at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

The coral reefs are located offshore. We have several tours departing daily from the park''s land based marina. Please consider one of these inexpensive tours on your next visit. More 

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