John Pennekamp State Park

Established in 1963, John Pennekamp State Park became the nation's first underwater park. The Park is named after the late John D.Pennekamp, a long-time Miami Herald columnist and editor, whose tireless environmentalism played a key role in the Park's establishment. The Park is a narrow strip, about 25 miles long and extending three miles out to sea, offering world-class snorkeling and SCUBA diving opportunities.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Pennekamp normally offers camping. But the last word I heard was that the camping facilities are being renovated, and won't be open again until around April of 2011. When I hear that camping is opened up, I'll add information you'll need to camp in the park. In the meantime, there's still plenty to do and see in the Park.

To find the Park's land entrance, just follow the Overseas Highway--US 1--to Mile Marker 102.5 oceanside.

US 1 Entrance to John Pennekamp State Park
US 1 Entrance to John Pennekamp Park

Pennekamp offers a variety of activities. You can, for example, enjoy swimming at the beach.

John Pennekamp State Park Beach
John Pennekamp Park Beach

Or maybe you'd like to go for a snorkel in the park without getting on a boat. You can do so right by the Park's beach.

Snorkeling in John Pennekamp State Park
Snorkeling in John Pennekamp Park

Wanna get on a boat? Try a snorkeling or SCUBA tour on one of the Park's boats.

John Pennekamp State Park SCUBA boat
John Pennekamp Park SCUBA boat

Or rent your own boat to go out to the reefs for some sightseeing, snorkeling, or SCUBA.

John Pennekamp Boat Rentals
John Pennekamp Boat Rentals

How about a relaxing lunch by the water?

John Pennekamp State Park Picnic Site
John Pennekamp Park Picnic Site

Or a leisurely walk down a cool, shady nature trail?

John Pennekamp State Park Nature Trail
John Pennekamp State Park Nature Trail

You can take a break from the bright sub-tropical sun to check out the indoor aquarium displays.

John Pennekamp State Park Indoor Aquarium Displays
John Pennekamp State Park Indoor Aquarium Displays

Rent a kayak and check out the mangroves trails.

John Pennekamp State Park Kayak Run
John Pennekamp Park Kayak Run

For more information, contact John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, as follows:

General Park Information 305-451-1202
Glass Bottom Boat and Snorkeling Tours 305-451-6300
SCUBA Tours and Instruction 305-451-6322
Boat Rentals, Boat Slips, and Moorings 305-451-6325
Camping Reservations 800-326-3521
GPS Coordinate of the US 1 Entrance 25 deg, 07 min, 41 sec North; 080 deg, 24 min, 37 sec W

Welcome to Key Largo

A View of John Pennekamp Beach

Christ of the Abyss

SCUBA diver on a Key Largo Reef

Sign warning we play Jimmy Buffet music

A quaint Key Largo cottage

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