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John Pennekamp State Park

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A trip to the beach at John Pennekamp State Park is more about what's in the water than what's at the water's edge. The park has several beaches. The most popular is Cannon Beach. This small beach is located between mangroves with a few palm trees further in the sand. You'll know you've come to the right place when you see the cannons at the back of the beach.

This area is okay for swimming. However, it is a hotspot for snorkeling. Just offshore in the shallow waters are all kinds of colorful fish and some interesting sponges. Be sure to swim offshore a bit and see the cannon and anchor from a shipwreck dating back to 1715.

If you don't like snorkeling, a lot of people don't, John Pennekamp State Park is a great place to go stand-up paddleboarding. As you glide, you'll be able to peer through the clear water and see fish and coral without getting wet.

Park staff have a map that highlights other snorkeling and swimming areas. If beach snorkeling has piqued your interest in further exploration of this park's underwater delights, boat trips to the offshore reefs are available and highly recommended.

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