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“Great park, not so great campground”

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Campgrounds
Certificate of Excellence
Sarasota, Fl.
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great park, not so great campground”
Reviewed 20 May 2008

We went to the Keys the first week of April. Pennekamp park was great, and my 2 boys ages 7 and 9 especially enjoyed the Aquarium/Nature center's many tanks and exhibits. As far as camping, the sites are very narrow with very little foliage between the sites. You are basically looking at your neighbors RV's. I was disappointed in our site which I thought was on the water, but turned out to be more of just a shallow, mucky marsh area. One cool thing though was the 3 foot long green iguana that came through our campsite! I know they are considered an invasive species, but it was pretty cool! There's not too many other places to camp in Key Largo, so I suppose we all just have to make due if we want to snorkel or dive the park! At least you won't be as disappointed as I was if you've read this first!

  • Liked — the kayak areas
  • Disliked — the campsites!
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled with family
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Keysgirl123
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Reviewed 1 May 2008

I'm a local of the Florida Keys and decided to surprise my boyfriend with a mini camping trip. The park can be rather expensive but it was a good way to get away from the hassels of life. The sites are small, if you have a large family i would suggest getting two for those with tents. The bathrooms were clean and the noise from the highway was very faint. If you are "tenting" i would suggest bringing air matresses because it is rocky. I would also suggest buying food outside of the park, its not very good and rather expensive. The workers there are very nice though, very helpful. I would deffaintly camp again.

  • Liked — friendly people, peacful
  • Disliked — price
  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Moline, IL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2007

Stayed here for 14 nights Nov 25,2007. Park is very nice and the campground is well maintained. sites are on the small side for motorhomes. main restroom is new and does have laundry facilities. park is close to grocery stores and other shopping.Bike path runs in front of park on us1. Beaches were just so-so. make sure you bring aqua socks as beach is more gravel than sand. Snorkeling and glassbottom boat was fun and is located right next to the beach.also have kayak and canoes.

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Richmond, VA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2007

Ok folks, its a nice place... However

the Sites are small... Shade is limited.... and the water reclamation system caused a sulfer odor about every three hours... our site also backed up to the mangrove swamp - the bugs weren't bad, but there is a lot of "wildlife" - raccoons, squirrels, iguanas, chameleons and birds that inhabit the area -

DO NOT LEAVE FOOD EXPOSED WHEN NOT IN THE AREA -
I also recommend taking the garbage to the dumpster after EVERY meal - my Boy Scout Troop forgot one night and we were very lucky it wasnt more of a mess....

Would we stay there again ?? - If they correct the water reclamation system problem - an absolute YES

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — water system odor
  • Stayed July 2007
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Property: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Campgrounds
Address: 102601 Rte 1, Key Largo, FL
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key Largo
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Ranked #3 of 20 Speciality Lodging in Key Largo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 47
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