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Old 05-02-2011, 10:20 AM   #1
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John Pennekamp Review

Our family spent last week on John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo Florida and I wanted to post some feedback on the facilities.

Overall the renovation was well done. The Loop road is freshly paved and all the sites were level using crushed rock. One weird thing we noticed, sites share a water hook-up which means that half the sites have the water hook-up on the passenger side of your coach.

The restroom/shower facilities were nice although my wife and kids mentioned that there were a ton of Blister Beetles in the woman's restroom.

The campground area seemed to be infested with Blister Beetles which definitely put a damper on our nighttime activities. Th No-see-ums were also pretty bad around dawn/dusk but I figured they were going to be a problem because the campsites are right next to Mangroves.

The park is focused on water activities (snorkeling tours, beach, etc) but there are also a couple trails for the kids when they need a change a pace.

The staff of the entire park was friendly and helpful. Overall a nice facility.
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Thanks for the posting. We are scheduled to visit May 16-17.

What is a blister beetle, way way? Thought I knew most of the bugs down here.
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Thanks for the post. I have a reservation there in December. I was told our big rig would fit with no problem???

I'm with Bill - wha't a blister beetle?
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:12 PM   #4
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I had never heard of them either until I saw the posting near the bathrooms. Here is what I read on Wikipedia.

Blister beetle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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