Friday, January 13, 2012
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
This Florida State Park, at mile marker 102.5 on the Overseas Highway (US1), is located on Key Largo. It offers opportunities to explore mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks as well as a coral reef. There is a 30,000 gallon saltwater aquarium. Glass bottom boat tours and snorkeling trips to the reef provide lots of opportunities to view sea life in-situ. Additionally, there are two man-made beaches for swimming and snorkeling. About 100 feet offshore of one of these are some remnants of an early Spanish shipwreck, easily viewed by snorkelers. An interesting place!