Vandenberg Wreck, Key West

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#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. 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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  • August 6, 2017
    The Vandenberg was sunk in May 2009 as an artificial reef and marine sanctuary is a wreck within the Florida wreck trail in the Floruda keys. It is easy to reach but also depending on the weather and flow quite demanding. Slightly rough seas and relatively strong currents, as well as depths between 30 and 40 meters make it a challenging but feasible spot. Barracudas, Grouper and even sharks are a guest here again and again. Together with the LSD mirror Grove, Key Largo one of the wrecks that belongs to the dive list.
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  • July 28, 2017
    I have never made a dive down to this sunken vessel but have fished over it many times with great success. Just be sure to steer clear of the dive flags  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    The Vandenburg Wreck is so immense with multiple swimthroughs that it would take hundreds of dives to explore all of it. With lots of marine life surrounding the wreck, it is surely a must-do dive if ...  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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