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Vandenberg Wreck, Key West

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Add Vandenberg Wreck to your bucket list to discover the remnants of a squire-class transport ship 159 m (522 ft) in length. The ship served in the United States Navy during World War II and finally retired in the 1980s. Sunk purposely in 2009, the wreck now represents the second-largest artificial reef of its kind. Visitors can explore this underwater playground by scuba diving, as the deck of the ship sits 28 m (92 ft) below the surface of the water. Colorful schools of fish dart in and out of the rooms and hallways, and well-placed lights aid with visibility. Use our Key West vacation generator to visit Vandenberg Wreck on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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  • USS Hoyt S. Vandenberg was sunk on 5/26/2009 as an artificial reef after ten years seeking the necessary permits and permissions. It was prepared by divers for divers, and sits at 100ft (deck area). A...  more »
  • I went diving with a group of friends with Lost Reef dive and this dive was amazing, the size of the wreck and all that there is to explore on and inside the ship. you can dive this wreck multiple tim...  more »
  • A must see wreck for experienced divers. One of the most renown wrecks in the world. Although only for experienced divers. 7 miles off the coast. I dived there for two days. One day the sea was rough ...  more »