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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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A beautiful state park that features land and undersea adventures.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Key Largo
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102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Fantastic afternoon snorkelling out on the reef. It was a little rough but we still managed to find Jesus

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sally S
Reviewed 2 days ago

My mom and I were looking for a beach in the Keys and drove to the state park after some great reviews. When we got there, we asked the ranger if we could simply drive in, look at the beaches, and drive back out (we...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank travelwithTNsam
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a really terrific time here. Food from the truck was excellent. The info centre was great. The exploration of coral reef superb and kayaking terrific fun. Everything considered this was an outstanding day of adventure

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank patmil2
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a nice little park, but the water is not particularly clean, and there is nothing to do, unless you pay the money for the snorkel tour, which is a long boat ride away.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank christopher951
Reviewed 2 days ago

The staff were terrific and very helpful. We went on four dives each in a different location. The rental equipment was fine and Amanda the Dive Master (also a PADI Instructor) knew the place like the back of her hand. The boat, shop and dock...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank David K
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The park is a great place preserving a large area of coral reefs. Unfortunately all tours were cancelled the day we were there. Snorkeling from the beaches was disappointing. Merky water with low visibility. Recommend water shoes for the rocky beaches.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank JMLeahy
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was ok. The boat ride was fun but the glass bottom part was a little nauseating. It was a good experience though.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nathan S
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited the park the first time to go birding. Unfortunately, the rain had caused some weeping of trees like poison ivy and were advised not to take the trails. We came back the next day and the men went snorkeling on the beach. That...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Spiritoftexas6
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fun inexpensive visit. Suggest stopping to buy snorkel gear before you get there. It has a snack shack. Rentals for paddle boards and kayaks.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Trish01719
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

So very slim pickings for walk off snorkeling at both Pennekump and Bahia Honda especially if there are waves. But the snorkeling trip from John Pennekump was great. Pros: short trip to reef, nice reef w tropical fish, barracuda, nurse shark, captain and first mate...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Judelephant
January 6, 2019|
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Response from Getaway196661 | Reviewed this property |
As far as surf and big waves it depends on the wind. Most places won’t take you out if there is big waves. I am not fit and I am able to get on and off the boat easily. Make sure the boat has ladder. You will love... More
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rios896
January 4, 2019|
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Response from Lila H | Reviewed this property |
Usually the 4.5 hour snorkeling tour is the trip out to the reefs, snorkeling, and back. It is a nice sightseeing tour of mangroves and wildlife on the drive out and back. It is a nice pace, but no actual sightseeing beyond... More
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GwynCheshire
July 17, 2018|
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Response from carolineonecat | Reviewed this property |
We also saw it We went on morning trip too
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