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“sea sick” 3 of 5 stars
Review of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Mm 102 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
+1 305-451-6300
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Ranked #4 of 61 things to do in Key Largo
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Sunbathing, Hiking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Sewell, New Jersey
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11 reviews
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“sea sick”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Nice park; $10 a car to enter even though we were going there for the glass-bottom boat tour. The tour was average; in fact, they warned us that people get motion-sick staring down into the tilted windows of the bottom of the boat. I didn't believe this would happen to me, but I found myself stumbling outside and sucking on peppermints (they handed them out) with an unbelievable amount of other passengers who didn't believe it would happen to them, either. Also, I kept looking for their beach...until a staffer informed me I was on it. Their 'beach' area is tiny, rocky and coarse. Not someplace I would want to snorkel off the beach. A guess this is endemic to Key Largo's beaches; that's why they have snorkeling trips to take you far out. As my husband couldn't swim, we missed out. All in all, a little boring, especially considering how far in advance we had to show up to buy the tickets to reserve our space on the boat.

Visited November 2012
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“A grat place for the novice...and the more seasoned”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

If you take the tour boat out to a reef, you will get a birds eye view of what is usually reserved for divers or snorkelers. If you snorkel at the beach, you'll see amazing fish and often stingrays!

Visited August 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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“Best snorkeling in the Keys!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

I didn't have time to really do a lot of exploring, but the time I did have was fantastic for snorkeling. Lots of fish to see, including Tarpon, lobsters, Parrott-fish and more.

Visited March 2012
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Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
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“A Great Stop in the Keys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stopped specifically for the glass bottom boat ride over the reef, it was fantastic! The boat was huge, very clean a d the crew was knowledgeable, friendly and very well presented. Had a great time saw plenty and liked it enough that I plan to return when I come by this park the next time. Also stopped at the visitor's center and thoroughly enjoyed the reef recreation there.

Visited November 2012
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“Free entry to honor Veterans on Veterans Day Holiday!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Though the water was very choppy and visability was not optimal for snorkeling, our family enjoyed a couple of other areas of the park and the visitors center. Thanks for honoring our veterans during our visit!

Visited November 2012
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