Location: Key John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo at mile marker 102.5 out to Grecian Rock Reef.
LAT/LONG 25.111186, -80.305721
Description: The living, shallow-water coral reefs of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are vibrant with color and activity. Depths on this snorkel trip were from just a few feet to about 20 feet.
Notes For this Snorkel: This was far from the best time to be out in the water as there were 3 foot seas and an invasion of Moon Jellyfish. The park will take you out to different reefs depending on conditions. This was not one of the better reefs that I’ve been taken to by the park. Next time we go down to Key Largo we are planning on taking one of the private charters as the park’s charter does not allow the wearing of gloves or the use of a weight belt.
Parking: We paid $8 for the two of us to get into the park and there was trailer parking for our kayak trailer
Snorkeling Charter Cost: It is $30 per person if you have your own gear. You can get a $3 discount on the 9am trip if you print out the coupon located on this page.
Amenities: Fresh water showers, rest rooms, changing rooms, food and shopping.
Critters: Large conches, schools of fish, lobster, sea fans, colorful soft and hard corals, eels, sponges and lots of other critters amongst the rocks and coral.