John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


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Campground Description

The first underwater park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. Canoeing and kayaking through the park's waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available without cost.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on December 26, 2012
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    Campground Activities

    Beaches, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Swimming, Fishing, Canoeing & Kayaking, Boating, Camping, and Nature Trails

    Campground Amenities

    Full Facility Camping:

    The park campground offers 47 campsites for both tent and RV campers with water and electric: 30 amp, 50 amp, and 110 volt. Each site also has a picnic table and grill. There is a dump station for sewer needs. The Main Restroom has toilets and hot showers that meet ADA requirements. The Pond Restroom, next to the Group Campsite, has an ADA-accessible private family bathroom. There are three paved sites with paths paved to the ramp to the Main Restroom located in the center of the campground. Coin-operated washers and dryers are also located at the Main Restroom. Pets are allowed (see Pet Camping below). Reservations are recommended three to eleven (winter season) months in advance. Campers must register at the park entrance.

    Reservation info PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF SP/r/

    Camping Fees

    $36 /per night

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    Reviews of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

    Reviewed by StaplesHuskies on May 16, 2011

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    you camp very near the beach and can hop on a paid snorkel tour of the reef. we have been here many times.
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    Reviewed by Mongoose on August 15, 2009

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    This park rocks!! If you love the outdoors, bathing on a white powdered sand beach, surf fishing. The best attraction is the reef diving, either by scuba diving or snorkeling. Just purely phenomenal! Key West & Bahia Honda nearby. AAA
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