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October 18, 2008
From journal The Fabulous Florida Keys
August 7, 2006
From journal Key Largo with the family 2006
May 31, 2004
The first site was the "Gardens", probably about 16 feet at its deepest point. We saw large formations of brain coral and some big fish. There were many barracuda ranging in size from less than a foot to about four feet long. A school of about 10 Tarpon swam by, which were pretty big and we just caught a glimpse of a spotted ray that was probably about six feet from wingtip to wingtip.
The second dive was at " White Sands". Depth was more like 10 feet here, with smaller coral heads, but there were far more interesting underwater landscapes. Colorful sponges and coral were everywhere, and tropical fish looked even brighter than usual because they stood out against the white sand background. My new camera didn't leak. As you can see from the photos, however, my photography skills could use a little work.
From journal A Quick Dip in Key Largo
Brighton, United Kingdom
April 10, 2002
We got quite excited arriving at the park, looking forward to some walking. Unfortunately the park seemed predominately to focus on glass bottomed boat trips - fair enough with hindsight I suppose as the name of the park is ‘Coral Reef Park’. For those, like us, who wanted to experience nature without the aid of a motor there seemed to be few options.
We did explore the couple of small beach areas, taking more than a couple of minutes each. And we also investigated the couple of signed boardwalks in the mangroves, but these proved disappointly short. In fact, in this first park of our 2 week visit to Florida’s National Parks, we began to realise that most signed walks tend to be for the disabled just to give a flavour of the area. That, and possibly because there really isn’t far to walk in the Keys.
From the longer of the two boardwalks we saw some people canoeing through crystal clear channels in the mangroves, and realised this was the activity for us – gliding peacefully along with the fish and birds and away from the noise of radios and boats. We were thrilled to find there is a 4 hour canoe trail, however, on the Sunday of Thanksgiving, we couldn’t rent a canoe for a few hours which would not give us enough time to get down to Key West in daylight.
From journal Florida Keys out of season
June 23, 2003
John Pennekamp State Coral Reef Park is located an easy drive of about 1.5 to 2 hours from Pompano Beach. The staff of the entire park and boats are friendly and extremely helpful.
We saw small sharks, barracudas, lobsters, and swam in huge schoools of fish that come right up and look you in the face! The fish colors are amazing. Take a waterproof camera. We had an absolute blast doing this!!
We had never done this before and were alittle intimidated about doing this. But you can rent gear at the concession and practice at the beach located right there. There is a small shipwreck at the beach and a lot of little fish and crabs to see during your practice. After you are comfortable with it, you can book your snorkel trip if you want.
They have a really great web site with prices and times posted. They also have a good question and answer section. Again look on the Go Florida site for some good coupons.
From journal Family Vacation in Pompano Beach
November 8, 2002
The park offers SCUBA dive boat tours as well as full instruction courses and gear rental. Snorkeling tours will take you out to the reef on a motor boat or you can sail on a 38 ft. Catamaran. You can even rent fishing boats!
We took the snorkel sail, which cost just under $40 per person including fins, mask and "souvenir" snorkel. The tour takes about 4 hours, which includes 1-1/2 hours of snorkeling time at the reef. We sailed to Garrett's Reef. The water in October was a very comfortable 80 degrees, though one hour in the water was about my limit before I got too cold. Stern instructions are given before jumping in the water about protecting the reef. You are especially cautioned about keeping horizonal in the water, because if you're vertical you're probably kicking (and killing) a portion of the reef. Even the grass and sand on the bottom of the ocean here are protected and subject to fine if disturbed!
Read more about this beautiful park on their website: pennekamppark.com/
This was not the most spectacular snorkeling we have ever done, but we saw some very cool fish. The first thing we saw was barracuda, which was a little unnerving. My favorite was the large boxfish. Others on the boat said they saw a small ray and a nurse shark.
From journal Yachts of Fun in Fort Lauderdale
September 26, 2008
Key Largo, Florida
November 28, 2005
From journal Underwater Adventure
April 27, 2005
Try the snorkeling or diving (or glass-bottom boat) to really see the great aquatic life at this very special park.
From journal Ft. Lauderdale Vacation