COVID-19 has become a large concern for us, as well as many across the globe.

The safety and welfare of the employees and the public we serve is of the top priority here and to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and we are continually taking all the proactive and preventative measures we can to protect visitors and staff.

Currently the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have decided to limit all park activities. The park will still be open to the general public, but in a very limited capacity.

Please check the Florida State Park website for updates or call 305 676 3777.

At this time, we cannot offer any services for the next 14 days based on the recent Monroe County Overnight Accommodations.

For all inquiries on updates when tours will resume continue to check our website at or feel free to call us to find out the most recent updates as it becomes available to us

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our goal is to ensure that you have the best experience here at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park while also remaining safe and in good health.

Be well.

Welcome to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

The first undersea park in the U.S., John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles. While the mangrove swamps and tropical hammocks in the park's upland areas offer visitors a unique experience, it is the coral reefs and their associated marine life that bring most visitors to the park. Many enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour, but visitors can get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling.

Canoeing and kayaking through the park's waters are popular activities; fishing is permitted in designated areas. Visitors can enjoy walking on short trails, picnicking, or swimming at the beach. The Visitor Center has a 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium and nature videos are shown in its theater. Full-facility and Youth/Group campsites are available. Beach wheelchairs are available without cost.

Free 24 hour WI-FI at Concession Building and Dive Shop Building.