Vandenberg Wreck, Key West

4.7
#6 of 19 in Nature in Florida Keys
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. Add Vandenberg Wreck to your Key West travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Key West itinerary planner .
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  • We were amazed at the sheer size of this beast. The 2nd largest artificial reef in the world ! Went out with captains corner and had a great dive with our guide Ben. Lots of cool swimthoughts, lots of...  more »
  • if you're a diver and haven't seen this wreck you should get there ASAP. Truly an awesome experience but showing some age now....still an absolute cannot miss!  more »
  • The wreck sits upright and is fully intact. The deck sits at about 95' while the keel at some 149'. Visibility is rarely above 15-20' so stay close to your dive buddy. Having said that the wreck is a ...  more »

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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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