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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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102601 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037
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Reviewed yesterday

The park is really nice, a couple beaches and trails to walk. The mangrove trail was closed when we visited which was a bit disappointing. We didn't end up snorkeling or kayaking because we stopped as we were traveling to Key West but I wish...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you're going to go swimming bring water shoes. There are tons of rocks and it's so painful on your feet. We had no idea! Bring an umbrella and a stand for it! It's a beautiful park and we did end up seeing some corral...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank MarriedinThailand
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family of four just went on a scuba trip out of John Pennekamp. From the moment we walked into the diving office Betsy was very helpful. My oldest teen son and my husband were going on a scuba dive and she make sure to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Nana_1153
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bring your beach stuff or your snorkel stuff with you. Rentals available. Glass bottom boat ride was disappointing. Coral is earth tones can't predict you will 1/10+ to see turtle or shark. Enjoy the beaches. Food truck available since snack area destroyed Irma.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kathy T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Taking the glass bottom boat tour was fabulous! We had a great time! The staff who directed the guests and described the reef were very knowledgeable and great in their description of what we were seeing beneath the waters. It was captivating to watch the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 479TodH
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Reasonably priced for a family of 4. Not too crowded, and offered several boat tours. The walking trail was closed due to construction. All in all nice park to visit. Even saw a little big surprise while walking. 😊

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ladonnaa606
Reviewed 3 days ago

they documentary film in the visitor center was great, and the air-conditioning a relief from the heat.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lynn212015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The park is well kept and very clean but my family complained that the beach area water had a funny smell. I did not notice but I did not wade there. Gift shop was surprisingly fairly priced. The snorkeling tour we chose was from the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank dcoach52
Reviewed 4 days ago

The glass bottom boat staf werevery knowledgeable about the reef and life there. The boat ride was also very nice. While waiting for the boat we went wading in the water at the beach. Just wish we had more time to enjoy the area

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank liz08345
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Capt. Mikey & Brian were amazing! Friendly, helpful & even held a beginner snorkel class for those on the trip that felt they’d benefit from it. Saw beautiful sea life, Eagle Ray, Baricudda, Black tip sharks, angel fish, blue & rainbow parrot fish were among...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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6 January 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
5 January 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
18 July 2018|
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