Tired of the Arkadia pool parties and bored with Ft.Lauderdale beach, but want some fun in the sun? Well, we’re here to keep theparty going and show you the coolest spots that the tourists don’t know about.
Let’s start at the tip of the sunshine state and work our way to the top. If you haven’t been to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park put it on your list of places you need to check out.
Let’s admit it we all live in Florida because we love to have fun in the sun but the same beaches and pool parties can get monotonous and sometimes you just want to get away. John Pennekamp Park is sure to break you out of your rut without costing you an arm and a leg or having to fight off tourists for a spot on the sand.
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park located on Key Largo in the Florida Keys, was the first undersea park in the US, covering approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States.
The park named for the late John D. Pennekamp, a Miami newspaper editor, whose efforts contributed to the establishments of Everglades National Park and the preservation of what would become John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, who wouldn’t want to support his vision to save our beautiful coral reefs, while getting a good tan?
During the day, explore the coral reef with snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat tours. Or get a good arm workout in with a kayak rental. Pennekamp’s waters are flourishing with exotic fish, manta rays, and miles of beautiful living coral reefs. And of course, don’t forget to take a pic for your Facebook page with the famous underwater statue of Christ.
At night, camp out with friends at the Pennekamp beach camp sites that have both tent andRV campers available. With restrooms and hot showers easily accessible you get to feel like you’re part of nature but still feel fresh and smell nice around your sweetheart. Enjoy the cool ocean breeze, sing Kumbaya, have cocktails, share scary stories, grill up some rib-eyes, and stay up to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic.
So what are you waiting for? Pack up your friends,your towel, a cooler, and start heading South.