A brief introduction to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a Florida State Park located on Key Largo in Florida. It includes approximately 70 nautical square miles (240 km²) of adjacent Atlantic Ocean waters. The park is approximately 25 miles in length and extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first underwater park in the United States. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972. The primary attractions of the park are the coral reefs (such as Molasses Reef) and their associated marine life.
In Fiscal Year 2004 the park had more than a million visitors, making it the most popular park in the Florida State Parks system. The Florida Keys and the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast are the only living coral reef formations in the continental United States.
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Camper reviews for John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Best weekend getaway to snorkel
It takes me 5 hours to get to Pennekamp so I can get there on a Friday night and get 4 snorkel sessions in over the weekend and leave on Monday morning refreshed for my workweek. The snorkel boats are pleasant and the reefs are fantastic. There are so many fish to see especially if you just "hang out' over an area and wait. NO standing and NO touching!
Lots to do
The site itself could have used some TLC, and the no-see-ums were horrific, so we didn’t enjoy being outside our rig. We did take the boat ride out to the coral reef and rode our e-bikes all over, which was great.
Nice but very tight
This was a nice park but the site to site spacing was so close that my neighbors awning touched my RV. Gravel sites but way to many for space they have. Employees are very nice.
Another Top Florida State Park
This park is the first one you come to upon leaving mainland Florida and entering the beautiful Florida Keys. It's busy and crowded but a well-maintained park with a nice campground. The sites are a little tight so be sure to check your rig size to make certain you fit. Their glass-bottom boat tour wasn't operating when I was there and I hate that because I wanted to experience it (they were servicing the boat for a week they told me). I highly recommend this park.
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