Key Largo, Florida

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Key Largo, Florida



Key Largo, Florida
Phone: (305) 451-1202

Sites: 47
Recent Rate: $43 4/2015

Latitude: 25.1226387518494
Longitude: -80.4078787565232

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $1.50 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 1.50
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

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50 Reviews

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budolemiss

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $43.00
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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.

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Good places to eat near the park. Highly recommend The Conch House and The Fish House.

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RagTopDay

Review Count: 24
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $43.00
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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.

Tips for other Campers:

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.

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illini777

Review Count: 167
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $43.00
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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.

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DS650

Review Count: 38
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $46.00
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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.

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LaMonte

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $36.00
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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.

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FrancisandRenee

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $20.00
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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.

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bunni

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $43.00
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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.

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Euri

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: March, 2014 - $43.00
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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.

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Bob and Inga

Review Count: 392
States Visited: 52
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $23.00
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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.

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Tentmom23

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $38.00
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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.

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angie may

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $38.00
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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.

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Ranchfries

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $43.00
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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.

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Danes on tour

Review Count: 75
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $43.00
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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.

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tobyjug

Review Count: 203
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $43.00
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Pretty basic, no frills State Park that has been well used and not well maintained, after all the wonderful State Parks we have stayed in this was a big disappointment. Everywhere looked dirty and uncared for, the staff and hosts did a minimal job with little enthusiasm. Full hook ups, 50amp, paved road, access okay, gravel pad, back in, big rig access, some space around the RV but no privacy, a few shade tress, no view, picnic table, grill, no WiFi, Publix/Winn Dixie close by, lots of restaurants, security gate both day and night, noisy, bathrooms okay. We were here for the glass bottom boat tour and thought it would be convenient to stay close by in the Park, we were sorry we did, and would never stay here again. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.

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NHIrish

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $35.00
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This is a real nice FL State park. I would have rated it a 10 but the sites are just a little narrow. We are on site 4, and have a well placed fig tree that provides some great afternoon shade. Power and water are great, and sewer connections a real bonus. Dump station just outside campground gate. The park itself closes to the public at sunset and opens again at about 830 am...so you have the evening and early mornings to yourself at the beaches. Front gate locks overnight and campground has additional code operated gate. Good security. Price quoted was a guess from memory. We camped at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in a Motorhome.

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