John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Venturer on July 15, 2004

John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo—The trip to Key Largo is by way of a two-lane road that is sometimes called the Overseas Highway. The Highway goes all the way to Key West but we only went to Key Largo, John Pennekamp State Park. We took a glass-bottom boat out to a magnificent coral reef teeming with tropical fish of all colors. The seagrass swayed dreamily beneath the boat and seemed to be magnified by the V-shaped glass bottom. Various shapes and kinds of coral made a fascinating scene.

We went on the 12:15 PM tour and had not eaten lunch beforehand. I have a few suggestions if you plan to go. Call ahead for reservations and be there to pick your tickets up an hour before tour time. If you go on the 12:15 P M tour take your lunch and drinks to eat on the way out to the reef as it takes about 45 minutes. Do not worry about trying to get a good seat when you first get on the boat, because you will not stay in the same seat when you get to the reef. Riding on the front of the boat for the trip out or back is exhilarating with the wind blowing in your face and an occasional salt spray. We could see the different colors in the water—turquoise, dark blue and other variations. Egrets sat on poles and watched us go by.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
MM 102.5
Key Largo, Florida, 33037
(305) 451-1202

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