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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

#9 of 114 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Key Largo Features Animals
102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037
+1 305-451-6300
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A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037
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+1 305-451-6300
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband, daughter and I did the 2-1/2 hour snorkel excursion. We had captain Jorge and first mate Stephanie. They were great. Stephanie was so helpful and reassuring in answering any questions anyone might have had. She also provided a brief lesson and tips for...More

Thank lserpaaz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Snorkeling closed due to high winds. Bay water mucky and rocky. No beach. Basic state park. Pay $10 for parking- pricey.More

Thank Sandy S
CRPCconcession, Front Office Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this reviewResponded today

The focal point of the Park is the offshore reefs, not the beach. If weather doesn't permit us conduct tours, we simply cancel for the day. Many visitors find alternatives in paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming, trail hiking. The Park's three beaches have well over 500...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a nice park, got there early to enjoy some sun before clouds rolled in. Was Father's Day and got really packed. My husband tried snorkeling but visibility was low due to storm. The main beach by the store is small, everyone was kinda...More

Thank Zonicle
Reviewed yesterday

We recently visited John Pennekamp State Park. You have to pay to get in. While there, we decided to ride the Glass bottom boat out to the reefs. It was a beautiful ride. Once there, everyone squeezed into the bottom of the boat to look...More

Thank mommasunset
Reviewed yesterday

Had to take a break from fishing so I decided a day snorkeling would be fun. They have several trips to choose from and we decided the 2 1/2 hour trip would be good for us. $30 a person is a fair price. Headed out...More

Thank Frank G
Reviewed 2 days ago

I am an experienced snorkeler and have snorkeled with numerous dive operations in Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Bahamas, numerous places on both the Pacific and Caribbean side of Mexico and more. Each and every time someone has gotten into the water with the snorkelers. With Pennekamp...More

Thank Lisa B
CRPCconcession, Director of Sales at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Our Snorkeling fares are among the lowest in the Keys, with coupon with absolute lowest, not an opinion, fact. We have the pleasure of being the largest Snorkeling Outfitters in the Florida Keys, hosts to an amazing 200K per year. Our safety record speaks for...More

Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm a diver and went to Pennekamp for the diving, it was some of the clearest water I've seen in my diving career. There was an array of animals we saw including; sharks, sting rays, crabs, lobster, and tons of beautiful reef fish. The crew...More

Thank bhatcher14
Reviewed 3 days ago

We came here for the glass bottom boat tour. You have to call in advance to get your name on a list and then come and buy your tickets in the gift shop an hour before the tour. If you do not purchase your tickets...More

Thank Texasfamilyfoodie
CRPCconcession, Guest Relations Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your review. Our Blue Heron Cafe hotdogs are $3.25, not $4.50. Included for our cafe patrons some of the nicest waterfront dining in the Florida Keys. Thank you for mentioning the Glassbottom Tour. Most of our our narrators have degrees in Marine...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our trip was great! We had captain Brian and first mate Kiera and they couldn't have been a better team. Kiera instructed us extremely well and had a great sense of humor. Super helpful team. I would suggest this tour to anyone! Kiera gave a...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did the 3:00 pm snorkeling trip on the Sea Garden with Captain Brian and Dive Master Kiera. They took us out to the coral reef and gave us very clear instructions on where our snorkeling boundaries were. Kiera gave those of us who wanted...More

Thank whitney d
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Trishthedishdonnelly
How is the weather in Feb? Is the water warm enough to snorkel and can you tell me more about kayaking there please?
June 2, 2017|
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Response from Kellyant | Reviewed this property |
Never been there in Feb so I'm not sure. JP has lots of mangroves to go kayaking and they also have rentals
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PJMain
If we have our own snorkel gear, can we just go out on our own from shore, or would we want to get on a boat to reach the reef?
March 19, 2017|
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Response from Mayandollar | Reviewed this property |
We snorkelled from shore and swam out to the submerged wreck and saw a ton of fish sharks and rays. Boat snorkeling probably awesome! Molasses reef is gorgeous
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erclerk
A friend and I (55) are headed to Key Largo the end of February. How much does the Snorkeling Cost? Are you on your own? Do you rent the equipment? Is it better at State park? Are there Rangers that give history talks at the park?
February 11, 2017|
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Response from Donagina |
How is the snorkeling at the beginning of October?
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