A protected underwater paradise, the park is home to 55 varieties of coral and 600 species of fish. Snorkeling, diving, ... More
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
A protected underwater paradise, the park is home to 55 varieties of coral and 600 species of fish. Snorkeling, diving, glass-bottom boat tours and sailing expeditions are popular, offering recreational and educational adventures. The park also has a beach, picnic areas, a 30,000-gallon aquarium and museum, and two nature trails. Overnight camping is by advance reservations.
The snorkeling is the best I have ever experienced! lots of beautiful marine life and the staff was extremely helpful and polite. Definately take a waterproof camera! We rented kayaks upon returning from the snorkeling trip and ventured through the mangroves where we stumbled upon a MANATEE that swam around us for 20 minutes...SOOO NEAT!
we rented a boat here for th day,they were so nice and helpful on where to go,the reefs are beautiful then we went to a island in the gulf,thanks to their directions and mapping it all out for us we never got lost!
This was in the top 3 top 3 things i did in my life! It was wonderful! It was my first time snorkeling and it was over the top!!! I saw lots of fish, sword fish, baracudas, puffer fish and lots of coral reef!! Staff was great and gave us wonderful lesson!! A+
We did both the glass bottom boat and the snorkeling trips. The glass bottom boat is crowded and if you are not strategic you won't get a seat on it. However, the views of the reef are spectacular and would be good for all ages. The snorkeling is probably more condition dependent. We went on a slightly choppy morning. The boat wasn't too crowded and the offered a very brief lesson on snorkeling. I would recommend trying some equipment ahead of time to get the hang of the breathing. The views were beautiful, but on a choppy day, good swimming is needed.
This site is run under private contract from The Florida Gov't. It is a very well run service with extra good and considerate employees. We rented all out gear and appreciated the quality of the wet suits and helpful staff.
The reef is 3-4 miles off shore. About 30 of us all went out on this boat and then spent about 90 minutes face down looking at the reef life. We had 12 foot visibility and 75 degree water, not perfect but very nice. Lots of sizable, beautiful fish and coral.
There were quite a few other snorkelers over our patch of reef. At times it was a bit crowded but a great day anyway, and Christmas week.
Hello, we visited here 1 times in 2 different visits. The beaches are pretty uncomfortable. You must take a trip out to the reefs, there is no real snorkeling without going off shore.
We took Quicksliver out of the Holiday Inn Marina. They were lovely, friendly and knowledgable. The service in the part was crowded, over priced and no where near as nice if you go elsewhere.
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