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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Park, Campground, and Harbor / Marina
Key Largo
  • Jenn M.
    "Love this place!! Go for the extended snorkel tour!"(5 Tips)
    Donna H.
    "best glass bottom boat tour"(2 Tips)
    Kelsey G.
    "marvelous ride in the mangrove trails"(2 Tips)
    "... miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps."(2 Tips)
59 Tips and reviews
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  • snorkeling
  • trails
  • seagrass beds
  • kayaks
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  • Djaniella D.
    Enjoy either a snorkeling tour or kayaking by the mangroves - easy to follow routes and a chance to kayak through the bay for a little more of a challenge.
    Upvoted Mar 27
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle ByeFebruary 17
    Don't be discouraged if the snorkeling tours are canceled due to heavy winds. Kayaking in the peaceful mangroves is a ton of fun as well.
  • Ivor M.
    Ivor MicallefJanuary 30
    make sure you go snorkelling in the coral reef!
  • Christina C.
    Go for the water activities, but not for the beach. Beach is so disappointing if you expect a big area, sand and nice shore. Seaweed filled and concrete beach.
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea SalomonOctober 25, 2016
    Went to North Rocks for a double dip and saw a 7ft black tip reef shark and a 5 ft nurse shark. Great vis, 83 degree water.
  • Erin P.
    Erin ParksJuly 1, 2016
    Campsites for r.v or pull alongs are extremely small and no privacy between sites. They do have beach, snorkeling, diving and boat rentals. Bring lots of bug spray.
  • Donna H.
    Donna HendricksMay 13, 2016
    Go take a ride on the Key Largo Princess BEST glass bottom tour in Key Largo take the whole family. They also have a full cocktail bar and snacks too!
  • Donna H.
    Donna HendricksMay 13, 2016
    Take a trip on the Key Largo Princess it's the best glass bottom boat tour going in Key Largo. Very friendly staff and it was fun for the whole family!!!
  • Wendy V.
    Wendy VerbraeckenFebruary 24, 2016
    Beautiful park
  • Summer D.
    Summer DunmyerJanuary 30, 2016
    have to try sup or kayaking! the trails were beautiful
  • Alena S.
    Alena SherekinaJanuary 17, 2016
    Snorkling is awesome, and kayaking is good too, love this place!
  • Yilei
    YileiDecember 25, 2015
    Recommend kayaking. Do not snorkel.
  • David R.
    David RodriguezOctober 24, 2015
    Lovely and fun! Very familiar
  • Sonny
    SonnyOctober 3, 2015
    Nice little beach in the end for the kids to play in. Some shade under the coconut trees but the sand is hard as a rock.
  • Mayra O.
    Mayra O'HigginsJune 10, 2015
    I love this park. Great for snorkeling paddle board or just hanging on the beach. 💞
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MJune 9, 2015
    Love this place!! Go for the extended snorkel tour!
  • Jered W.
    Jered WeberMarch 23, 2015
    Hiking trails are lame. This park is all about the Snorkeling.
  • Brian C.
    Brian CarrJanuary 3, 2015
    Kayaking thru the mangroves, glassbottom boat reef and snorkel tours. Snack bar and gift shop here.
  • Jordan G.
    Jordan GrosecloseNovember 19, 2014
    Kayaking trough the mangroves was an incredible experience. Go for multiple hours!
  • Some G.
    Some GuySeptember 8, 2014
    The snorkeling trip is worth every penny
  • P. Lindsay Z.
    P. Lindsay ZuluagaAugust 11, 2014
    Trying to stay cool in this blistering heat.....
  • Anya M.
    Anya MohanMay 5, 2014
    Carl was a great captain!!!
  • Thomas W.
    Thomas WilsonMarch 22, 2014
    Great kayaking!
  • Connie G.
    Connie G.March 13, 2014
    Fun kayaking
  • Mauricio V.
    Mauricio VeraMarch 8, 2014
    There are way better beaches than these here but a lot of other fun activities: snorkeling tours, glass bottom boat tours, kayaking. Nature trails are nice if you stop and observe.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MurphyJanuary 3, 2014
    Snorkling tours go out of here, but for the record, you can also drive down the road for a broader selection. The self-snorkeling tour of sunken ships was a bit lame (sorry.)
    sugardaddie.comOctober 2, 2013
    One of the best places to launch a boat to get to most of the good upper keys reefs. Nice place to spend the day without having to go too far south.
  • Naomi W.
    Naomi WashingtonAugust 17, 2013
    This place sucks!
  • Hernan V.
    Hernan ValdezAugust 12, 2013
    Real nice park..problem with the rocks inside the water but other than that..pretty chill spot to be with the family!
  • melbier
    melbierJune 13, 2013
    I saw a fish poop
  • Bryan T.
    Bryan TysonMay 29, 2013
    Snorkeling trip to see the Jesus stature is totally worth it!
  • Charlotte H.
    Charlotte HApril 23, 2013
    Snorkeling here is really nice. The beaches are very small and not so nice.
  • Christopher M.
    Christopher MolyneauxApril 22, 2013
    Very clean and modern. Snorkeling I'd a must. Watch out for the lizard!
  • Pete W.
    Pete WeimannApril 14, 2013
    Surprisingly good snorkeling off Cannon Beach - grouper, angelfish, snapper
  • Michele L.
    Michele LeSureMarch 31, 2013
    Great fun, be sure to reserve campsites at least 11 months in advance.
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LenahanJanuary 24, 2013
    Cool place to kayak!
  • Kelsey G.
    Kelsey GibbsDecember 25, 2012
    Kayaking is a must do! Rent a double kayak and go for a marvelous ride in the mangrove trails :)
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Mery E.
    Mery EffendiDecember 14, 2012
    Nice panorama..amazing
    HISTORYNovember 12, 2012
    This park comprises 178 nautical square miles of seagrass beds, coral reefs and mangrove swamps and is the first undersea park in the United States.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Courtni W.
    Courtni WoodOctober 7, 2012
    Swam with the barracuda's but made it out alive!!! Soo much fun, everyone should experience snorkeling its like you're in another world down there!
  • Jane M.
    Jane Mallol DunkelbergerSeptember 21, 2012
    Spring is best time if you don't like mosquitos!
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Check out these vintage Documerica photos taken 40 years ago. Then take a photo in the park today (in the water or on the beach) and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more
  • AquaGear Swim Shop
    AquaGear Swim ShopJuly 31, 2012
    Snorkeling, diving, and kayaking here are striking. Seagrass abounds - providing sanctuary for stingrays, young sharks, manatees, and herons. Bring a mask, snorkel, and fins so you won't have to rent.
  • Sean G.
    Sean GerrishMay 20, 2012
    Look out for large, mysterious, dog-sized creatures crossing the road in the distance around dusk.
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RApril 16, 2012
    Beateful boardwalk
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RApril 15, 2012
    Walk into the mangroves along the path all the way down and the water will b shallow and if u get in (bairly a foot deep) u go on this long pipe about five inches wide
    Downvoted Apr 14
  • Natalie R.
    Natalie RApril 15, 2012
    Its so fun
  • Dorothy R.
    Dorothy RawlinsonDecember 22, 2011
    If you ride your bike admission is only $2.50!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HurleyNovember 22, 2011
    Finally snorkeling on our final day.
  • Keith H.
    Keith HoseyNovember 2, 2011
    Check out the aquarium in the visitor center. And don't forget to leave a couple bucks in the donation jar to help keep the Keys beautiful.
  • Bailey M.
    Bailey MaxwellAugust 9, 2011
    If you want to go on Glass Bottom Boat or snorkeling het here before 3pm.
  • Alison W.
    Alison W.July 20, 2011
    Bring bug spray and sunblock! Book your dive and snorkel trips in advance on the Pennekamp website. They are popular. If the current is good, you'll go out to the Christ of the Deep statue.
  • WorldStrides
    WorldStridesApril 6, 2011
    Interesting Fun Fact: This park was the first undersea park to be created in the United States, and visitors to the park can find miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps.
  • Lisa M.
    Blister beetles come out in swarms in March!!! Like a Hitchcock movie! Frightening!
  • George D.
    George DodworthMarch 26, 2011
    On mangrove trail, go right. Pass the stupid gate for fun adventure. Backflips from observation deck are fun!
  • Lyndsey B.
    Lyndsey BDecember 21, 2010
    Incredible snorkeling, spectacular and warm water too! fish, barracudas, sharks, dolphins, rays!
  • Nicholas C.
    Be sure to ask whether the aquarium is open when you come by.
  • Fer L.
    Fer LNovember 11, 2016
    Las playas son realmente muy estrechas y con peligro de Cocodrilos. Están mal señalizados los caminos internos
  • Veronika
    VeronikaJanuary 3, 2015
    Сам парк интересен только отличными пляжами и турами на риф. Риф для Америки очень неплохой, хоть и маленький. Очень интересные кораллы и много рыб. Бронировать туры на риф лучше заранее
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