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Review Count: 72
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $38.00
Campgrounds in the Keys are pricey, so snagging a site in a state park is like winning the lottery. John Pennekamp Coral Reef SP is VERY busy with a near constant coming and going of campers. The sites are full hookups. Sites are close with vegetation between them and to the rear. The park staff provides nature walks. The visitor center has a small aquarium that is a nice surprise. While there are some trails to walk among the mangroves, this park has a lot of concrete and pavement. While I'm glad I stayed there, I will search for other parks in south Florida that offer more space and give a me a feeling of being in nature rather than such an urban environment. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 37
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: January, 2016 - $43.00
Beautiful state park with lots of outdoor activities. Short walk to kayak launch on Largo Sound with mangrove trails and access to the ocean. Swimming and snorkeling a slightly longer walk away. On the down side, campsites are fairly narrow with minimal screening between sites. It's Florida's most popular state park so expect a LOT of day-use people, especially on weekends. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Key Largo Fisheries has fresh seafood to go, and they sell prepared seafood to eat on their picnic tables overlooking the marina.
Review Count: 33
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 9
Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $43.00
The camping sites are very close with no views. The park is very busy with boaters, folks going on snorkleing and diving tours. There is a glass bottom boat tour which we took but the ocean was rough the day we went out and we saw very little on the tour. We had spent the previous three nights at Bahia Honda State Park in the lower keys and this park was a bit of a let down after visiting such a jewel park. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Good places to eat near the park. Highly recommend The Conch House and The Fish House.
Review Count: 47
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 13
Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $43.00
After a month of staying in sterile private campgrounds in Florida, checking into a State Park was a welcome relief. We obtained our reservation via a cancellation and had to move mid-stay to a different site. Yes, the campsites are a bit narrow, mainly because there is vegetation growing between campsites. This allows for separation between sites and privacy, something seriously lacking in the private campgrounds. The entry road was paved and wide, and there was a coded-entry gate to the campground as well as at the park entrance for after hours. The sites are full hookup--electric/water/sewer. We were able to receive DISH reception on Site #9 but not #19. Many satellites around us were positioned in very creative locations. Not sure how many channels would be available via antenna. The main bath was clean and recently remodeled. There were 2 washers and 2 dryers located just outside the bath house. The smaller bath at the end of the road was old and felt tight. With the small size of this campground, it surprised us to see two bathhouses. We rented kayaks at the park and paddled around in the mangroves. Other campers were very friendly, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. We will definitely return. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
We also took the glass bottom boat trip to a coral reef which was a great trip. The Aquarium in the Visitor Center was very nice (my fish pictures taken there turned out better than those on the boat trip). The boardwalk to the viewing tower is still closed, but other infrastructure at the park looked in good repair.
Review Count: 197
States Visited: 44
Helpful Reviews: 23
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $43.00
Sites are fairly level and a mix of gravel,weeds and grass. Hookups are in the correct place, however, whenever I dumped, it would run out of the sewer unless I barely opened the valve. Sites are very tight with most not having enough room for an awning. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 3
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $46.00
The last time we stayed here was 2007. There has been some updates in the campground like sewer connections and 50 amp but this was the only thing that kept me from rating lower than a 5. The rest of the park is falling apart though. The aquarium was closed. The beaches are in need of work at both Cannon beach and Far beach. The wooden bridge to Far Beach looked like it was about to fall into the bay. The boardwalks and observation tower were closed due to disrepair. Loud music after quiet time was not uncommon and not a park employee in site to address this. The smaller bathhouse in the campground needs updating. We will not return and its sad because this place has so much potential. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 27
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 6
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $36.00
We were a bit disappointed with this park. Sites were so close together and the sewer dumps were right on top of the RV behind you eating area. Bathrooms were OK, not great but were just OK. The shoreline along coast stunk terrible. The snorkeling trip was OK, current made it difficult to enjoy for me. The glass bottom boat ride was very good, best part of the week. Beach area OK but water wasn't very clean.....probably not high on my list to return! We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 48
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 11
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $20.00
Very nice park. You can never get in so when we found a couple of days open that fit our needs, we grabbed them. The rate reflects FL senior half price. Still a bargain for the keys any time of year. Lovely state park, no TV coverage unless you have a sat dish and get a place without trees or are lucky enough (as we were in site 35) to get a line of site. Great Verizon WiFi coverage though for cell and data. No where in the keys has over the air TV for local channels so if this is a must, go to one of the expensive commercial camps. The place is very clean and lovely park setting. The water is a stones throw away with a coded gate to get to our camp site. Small spaces but plenty long. If you cannot back a trailer in tight spaces, call and make sure you get a site that you can get into. My husband can park anywhere so we had no worries with a 36 foot RV but it was tight. The slides did get out all the way but the trees were very close. Still well worth it and lovely setting. You are on top of your neighbor so not for everyone. You can take a boat to snorkel or dive right at the park. Trails to walk. Really nice area. Right off the road and easy to find. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Fifth Wheel.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $43.00
Campground is nice. Location is great but sites a little close for a state park. On some sites, big rigs will just get all their slide outs deployed, but other sites are fine. The road in the campground is wide so you can back into the tight campsites without too much problem. Bathrooms were clean with plenty of room. The beach and picnic day areas were a zoo on the weekend but empty during the week. Overall is a great place to stay in the keys. but need to make reservations well in advance. We will return. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 8
Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $43.00
Super nice state park. Seems to have a nice beach and walking areas. Dive shop, gift store, aquarium, concession, and WiFi available at both dive and concession shops. Only stayed one night but would definitely return. Nice bathrooms and laundry, too! We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 431
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 36
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $23.00
Paid Florida Senior rate which makes for a great value. Sites here vary and are on the tight side but all are fairly level. Electric and sewer hookups were both close, but the water was a shared hookup and on the curb side. We used one hose, but it just reached. TV via batwing was fair, we picked up two networks and a couple of others. But the signal would fade during daylight hours. Verizon cell and broadband both very good. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $38.00
This is a very nice campground although the sites are very narrow. Avoid site 32. We stayed there during 4th of July weekend 2013 and because it stormed every night we were there, our site had 4 inches of water to walk through at night. It seemed every other site had plenty of gravel and were up higher than site 32. All the rain water ran down directly onto that site. The beaches were beautiful but its the Keys, so expect rocky beaches, not soft sand beaches. Lots of sea grass with very little fish to see unless you snorkel away from the beach. Good for young kids. The kayaking was fun but pricey. Still, overall, its a big campground and the facilities are very clean. The laundry is 1.50 per load which is good compared to other campgrounds I've been too that charge $ 3+ per load. Overall I would recommend this campground to families with young kids or couples. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $38.00
I really liked this park and would definitely come again. The sites were gravel but roomy. They did slope downward to help with run off but it was harder to level. The bathrooms were very nice. The showers were large and clean. There was a ton of things to do at the park including a a glass bottom boat ride. If you have bad cat allergies, be careful. There are feral cats everywhere and people have fed them so they come up to the sites. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $43.00
This is an excellent campground. There is a wonderful free aquarium here. The bathroom/showers are super clean and the campsites are very nice. We did not find them too narrow as some others have. We'd definitely stay here again. The rangers were nice too. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
Review Count: 75
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5
Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $43.00
Our second stay at this camp ground. We came only 2 days after they re-opened the camp ground after a serious overhaul. Now the roads are paved, the sites have full hook-ups, and bathrooms have been re-done. It was again a real pleasure the stay here, only now even better. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.
We also took the glass bottom boat trip to a coral reef which was a great trip. The Aquarium in the Visitor Center was very nice (my fish pictures taken there turned out better than those on the boat trip). The boardwalk to the viewing tower is still closed, but other infrastructure at the park looked in good repair.RagTopDay • April 2015
Good places to eat near the park. Highly recommend The Conch House and The Fish House.budolemiss • April 2015
Key Largo Fisheries has fresh seafood to go, and they sell prepared seafood to eat on their picnic tables overlooking the marina.BigPa • January 2016
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