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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

#10 of 112 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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102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5), Key Largo, FL 33037
+1 305-451-6300
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Reviewed 14 April 2016

That is how our guide for the snorkel trip described the water as we were about to jump in! Ha, perfect description! I might have added, takes a while to regain your breath! The water was beautiful, and the coral was very nice. Lots of...More

Thank cherylaucone
Reviewed 14 April 2016

We stopped at this park on our drive from Marathon to Ft. Lauderdale, and it was a great stop. We loved watching the kayaks and the fish swimming around the reef. We enjoyed the aquarium and museum as well. We would love to return again...More

Thank LizCincinnatiOH
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

We booked a glass bottom boat ride at the park. The park itself is amazing with tons of things to do. A wonderful way to spend a day! The glass bottom boat ride was horrible, however. They overbook the trip so when you finally get...More

1  Thank Judith J
CRPCconcession, Guest Relations Manager at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, responded to this review

We do not overbook any tour boat at the Park. Our vessels are inspected by the US Coast Guard and certified for max passengers. In the case of the Glass Bottom Tour Boat it is certified for 149. We never exceed the legal passenger limit....More

Reviewed 14 April 2016

We went on the 4 hour snorkeling boat and had a fantastic time. Bridget and Captain Brian were really great and made sure everyone had a good time. The reef snorkeling was amazing, better than the ones we took on cruises in the Caribbean. Bring...More

1  Thank born1952
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our snorkel trip to see Christ of the Abyss! Captain Karl and Aaron were awesome! It was a great experience!

Thank Jodi G
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Today my family went out on The Dolphin with Captain Karl and Aaron for a snorkeling trip. It was a beautiful day and they were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I have never snorkeled before and don't really like being in the water. They were...More

Thank Janelle I
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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Seriously, watch out for jellies. I went snorkelling to the banana reef, and went to their "beach". Snorkelling was awesome, the staff was friendly and walkedbus through everything, they had tons of equipment available and underwater phone cases which I thought was cool, so you...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2016

Wonderful spot! We returned from a cruise to the Port of Miami. We wanted to drive down the keys, but we weren't sure how far down to go as we were flying home in the morning(or so we thought!). We decided to stop here, and...More

Thank ShellyRN
Reviewed 13 April 2016

Snorkeling here was awesome and the park itself was great. I would recommend it if you were coming to the area. Our family spent most of the day here.

Thank Jason P
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We scheduled a noon snorkeling trip on our drive down from Ft. Lauderdale hotel. The crew on the boat were friendly, helpful, and engaging. My sister was a little hesitant about the snorkeling based on a prior experience. We practiced in the beach area where...More

Thank Heidi D
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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?
20 March 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
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?
11 February 2017|
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is there a charge for every activity in the park and do you need reservations for all of them
7 February 2017|
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Response from VAD859 | Reviewed this property |
there is a fee to enter the park. Boat tour, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving require a separate fee. reservations are recommended but you can walk up and generally you can do what you want o the above noted activities.