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John Pennekamp Coral Reef SP

P.O. Box 487
Key Largo, FL 33037
No Email Address
2 Reviews
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This is one of the Best Maintained park that I have seen. Rangers very friendly and helpful. Secured gated entrance after sunset. Since they can not spray for insects due to the eco-system. Be sure and bring some bug spray with DEETs for after sunset as the insects are big and do bite. During the day, everything is okay in this department. Spaces are a little small and are all back-in with trees, so you may have to back a few times to get it right for the slide-outs. Reservations are a must if coming from out of area as all spaces were full during my entire 5 days there.

Received from Billy for visit in Apr 2006

Site Number: 5
Stay Again? YES
This park is located in Key Largo, Florida. My wife and I have stayed here for an extended period of time and have found the park and the rangers to be exceptional. The campground is rather small and the campsites are close together, but the other amenities are overwhelming. They have a boat launching ramp, rental boats (power, canoe, kayak ), glass bottom boat, scuba boats, snorkle boats, concessions, visitor center, picnic areas, playground, two beaches, and equipment rentals for the snorkling and scuba. They even have scuba instructors and classes to get you certified in open water diving. The biggest part of the park is underwater in the way of a coral reef. If you don't snorkle or scuba dive, then you can take the glass bottom boat out to the reef and enjoy the view. There is so much to see and learn in the area and about the park's coral reef, I suggest staying more than just a few nights. The Visitors Center is a special attraction in the way of several aquariums and one large 35,000 gal aquarium. The rangers in the visitors center can be very helpful in answering any questions you might have about the different fish and coral formations, just ask Tony, Shari, or Noela. The campground has 47 sites with water and electric hookups. There are three handicap sites that are concreted. Two bathhouses and laundry facilities. The campground road is supposed to be paved by Sept 05. I would suggest that you have reservations (Reserve America) for camping before you get there since the campground stays full most of the time. Please remember that this is a Enviromentally Protected Park, so don't tie clothes lines to trees, cut trees for firewood, or feed the wildlife and the same is true for the underwater enviroment, it is also protected. From experience, I can recommend this park very highly.

Received from Pappy for visit in 2005

Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES

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