John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Islamorada, Florida

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Feb 25 ~ Mar 2
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, FL is the first underwater park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Spanning 240 square kilometers within the Atlantic Ocean, there's a lot to see and do at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The park features trails, beautiful mangroves, and coral reefs.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Visitors Guide

John D. Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a popular place for snorkelers and scuba divers because of the coral reefs and amazing marine life. The park was named after the late Miami newspaper editor who made contributions to the creation of Everglades National Park and was involved in preserving the area. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park features many attractions. You can tour the underwater park by kayak or canoe, or take advantage of other activities such as snorkeling or scuba diving. You can also enjoy viewing an abundance of living coral formations, marine life, and mangrove swamps.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are reservations required?

Reservations are not required, but they are recommended. Reservations can be made online.

2. Is there an age limit for snorkeling?

Children who are under the age of 15 must be supervised by an adult at all times.

3. What do I need to bring on a snorkel tour?

Safety vests are provided. Snorkels, fins, and masks are available to rent or you can bring your own. If the temperatures are below 78 degrees, it’s recommended that you wear a wetsuit.

4. Will I see any sharks?

There’s a low chance that you will see a shark while snorkeling. Sharks are mostly active at night.

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