What to Know About Snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo’s Best Reef

A few expert tips and advice will help snorkelers visit one of the East Coast’s most beautiful underwater destinations.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park located in Key Largo is widely known for its magnificent views and breathtaking underwater wonders. It has magnificent coral reefs and a very diverse marine life. Considering its vibrant underwater world, snorkeling is considered one of the most popular activities you would want to do here. If you are one of those tourists and vacationers who love to swim and experience the beauty of marine life, you might want to consider John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. It is your favorite place for recreation and recreation where colorful and effervescent reefs await enthusiastic and thrilled divers.

Each year, more than 700,000 divers and enthusiasts enjoy fun in the Florida Keys. There is a lot to see when exploring the magnificent kingdom below the surface. The Florida Keys have a whole new thriving ecosystem where marine habitats thrive. And what better way to experience it all than by snorkeling the big underwater world. Snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must-see not only for adults but also for children.

But before you take the first step, it helps to be prepared and know everything a Key Largo freediver needs to do and learn. Surely we all want the experience to be fun. But of course, security should be high on our list as well. Here are the basic tips you need to prepare for your underwater excursion:

Make sure you have the right snorkeling gear

It is important that your gear and wetsuit is ready and adjusted before you get in the water. To determine if you’ve found the right fit for your mask, it should stay snug around your head. To prevent water from seeping in, the mask strap should not be worn at the base of your head. The mask should also allow you to breathe lightly through your nose. Otherwise, it may cause you some discomfort.

Finding the right fins should also be taken into account as this will affect your underwater mobility. It is recommended to use adjustable fins or full fins so that you can conserve more energy while you are diving. Avoid wearing fins that are too tight or too loose. And of course, you should find the right fin that fits you perfectly.

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Sometimes it can be overwhelming, especially for a beginner, to see what it looks like below the surface of the water. This might cause beginners to only enjoy the underwater experience for a short time due to breathing issues.

It is always a general rule of thumb to take deep, concentrated breaths when snorkeling. This allows you to be more relaxed and thus enjoy snorkeling for longer. Since this is an underwater activity, breathing deeply will help you thrive in the water. There is special snorkeling gear for kids so they can have a coastal experience at Coral Reef State Park as well.

Don’t snorkel on your own

As tempting and exciting as it may sound, it is always advisable to do the snorkeling activity with a group of friends or a team. Snorkeling alone is strongly discouraged, primarily for safety reasons no matter how experienced you might be when it comes to snorkeling in the Florida Keys.

Plus, snorkeling with a group of people will let you enjoy the whole experience sharing it with those around you who have also witnessed the underwater majesty offered by John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Always practice reef etiquette

Always remember that no matter how majestic and mysterious the underwater world of Key Largo is, it is not yours. That’s why it’s best to enjoy the beautiful scenery, but make sure you leave it alone. As pretty as they look, it is advisable not to feed the fish as this will interfere with the natural cycle of marine life. Always observe at a comfortable distance from the actual reef. Good reef tagging should always be observed.

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In addition, nothing that belongs to the water should be taken. Allow them to live as if they were uninterrupted. As always, it’s nice to take a picture of them. But taking some of them as a souvenir is strongly discouraged, and even illegal.

John Pennekamp State Park isn’t just your usual destination. It is considered to be one of the best snorkeling destinations in the world. It is the very first underwater park in the United States. So when it comes to snorkeling, you will never run out of places to visit. If you are a beach lover and your reason for visiting is to snorkel, the best time to visit is in the spring when the skies are clear and the weather is pleasant.

Indeed, the coral reefs of John Pennekamp State Park are worth a visit. For those who have not yet tried snorkeling, this is a great option worth trying, especially when visiting this place.

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