John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Key Largo, FL and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for camping and is accessible year-round.
It was beautiful very relaxing ❤️❤️
Easy and peaceful.
Went camping here for a few days. The campsite is clean, pet-friendly, and close to cool outdoor activity location. Going to the beach at night is a must, it's about 3-minutes away on bike, and perfect for star gazing. It's a real treat for Miami folks who are doomed thanks to our light pollution. There's a park about a mile north from the John Pennekamp entrance that has hiking and biking trails. If you steer off path, there's an abandoned hotel and home covered in vines, it's pretty cool.
Fabulous place for kayaking and canoeing. Years ago, the trail extended to the open water - now it's closed off and you stay in the mangroves ~ not sure why/what happened, but it's a smooth sail.
A lot of colorful fish, turtles - even managed to have a shark swim under our canoe and slightly bump the canoe - it wasnt' interested in us, and we stayed calm. It was a small/baby shark (3 ft maybe) and the thought that mama wasn't too far away gave us the chills! Peaceful, serene - we went in March when the weather was already hot but not unbearable. Worth the entrance fee and price of canoe rentals!
If you are in the area and are looking for something to do...Do NOT pass up the opportunity to kayak the mangrove swamps at John Pennekamp! My wife and I spent four hour exploring on our own. For $18 they give you a kayak and a map and say "Have Fun!" TOTALLY worth the time and money. Looking forward to doing this again!
Absolutely beautiful. Here you have the Nature and Wild Tamarind Trails which are short and easy. You see some interesting trees and bushes but make sure you put bug spray, they mosquito almost eat me alive, lol. Then you have the Mangrove Trail, also easy and short board walk. Unfortunately part of it was under repair. After this trails, we got into a Kayak and did the kayak trail, very pretty and relaxing. We got to see a group of Manatees and lots of birds. There are shower and BBQ all around the park, as well as restrooms. You can also spent the day at the beach and snorkel or you can catch a glass bottom boat tour. I mean there is so much you can do here for very little money.
I went there to snorkel and it is beautiful. The coral reef is spectacular
Costs around $11 to enter for the day. They have a great aquarium and visitor center. Scenic boat rides are available for a fee. There is a beach where you can swim out about 50 yards and snorkel some old Spanish wreckage, but visibility can be fickle as tides change and sediment enters the cove. Water is warm enough year round and barracudas, parrot fish, etc can be seen relatively easily. The mangrove boardwalks are nice but in need of repair and relatively short. Without a doubt the best way to take advantage of this park is in a kayak. Hop in and explore the mangroves from the water. They can be rented cheaply on site. Crowds on weekends can be very large.