Why Key West Was Originally Named "Bone Island

The fierce Calusa Indians were said to leave the remains of their enemies on the beaches of Key West, thus creating Key West's first name, Cayo Hueso... Island of Bones.

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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park


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.


John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park FAQ's:

Question: What is the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park?

Answer: John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is the nation's first UNDERWATER park, Formed in the 1960's.

Question: How big is the underwater park?

Answer: The park is 70 nautical square miles.

Question: How do I get there?

Answer: By boat, take your own boat or hop on one of many charter boats to the park.

Question: Is there camping available at the park?

Answer: Yes, the campgrounds offer 47 full-facility camping sites for both tents and RV campers.

Question: How far is the reef system from the park?

Answer: The reef lies between 3 and 8 miles off the Florida Keys. So you will want to take a boat.

Question: What Activities are available a the park?

  • Snorkeling
  • Boat Tours
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Nature Trail Hiking
  • Camping

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Florida Online Guide
A Florida State Park site providing info on park activities, special events, photo gallery, park history, and more.

Best Park Photos:
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Area Map:
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Further Park Info:
Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
A Coral Reef Park site providing general park info as well as rental and tour onformation.

Pennekamp Page
A park page providing info about park activities and general rental and tour info.

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