John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

America's first undersea park

Considered by many as the "Diving Capital of the World," John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the nation's first underwater park. Home to 55 varieties of coral and 600 species of tropical marine life, vegetation, and shore birds, this is a dream vacation for nature lovers, snorkelers and scuba divers. The park's idyllic underwater paradise showcases Christ of the Abyss, an eight-and-a-half-foot, 4,000-pound bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ.

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If you want a party, head to nearby Islamorada. Otherwise, enjoy the sound of the waves on the shore and starlight on the water.


John Pennekamp offers 47 campsites, all equipped with bathrooms, hot water and showers. Try the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce for more Florida vacation accommodation ideas.

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This submerged park is a must-see for snorkelers, scuba divers and those who long to be under the sea. If an underwater John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park escape fulfils your nautical dreams, check out our deals.

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