John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first undersea park in the United States, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is 70 nautical miles of beautiful coral reefs! And swimming is permitted, so bring a mask and fins for some of the best Florida snorkeling!

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
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A Florida National Marine Life Sanctuary, the living, shallow-water coral reefs are alive and vibrant with color. Divers from around the world travel here to experience the area’s extraordinary wildlife.

The Florida Parks service has rental gear available: $3 for a mask or snorkel each, and $4 for fins. You even get to keep the snorkel! If you haven’t been snorkeling before, we recommend getting used to the equipment just offshore.

Then board one of the three main snorkel boats in the park! The majority of the best reefs are not accessible by swimming, so take one of the two and a half hour trips, weather permitting. Admission costs $29.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.

The boat tour will take you to the gorgeous shallow reefs like White Banks Dry Rocks, Grecian Rocks, Banana Reef, and Key Largo Dry Rocks! The water may become 20 feet deep, but don’t worry, you’re required to wear a life vest anyway!