Dive The Shipwreck Trek



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Thousands of recreational scuba divers are hosted in the Florida Keys each year, for world class reef and wreck diving. Established by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Florida Keys Shipwreck Heritage Trail is a water-based line of nine notable wreck sites that stretches from Key Largo to Key West. The latest: Vandenberg was sunk May 27, 2009 off of Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. A not-to-be-missed Southernmost addition to the Wreck Trek of the Florida Keys.

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Author: Julie


Day 1 - Key Largo


I's likely you are flying into Miami or Ft Lauderdale (rates are best at these airports), so after a quick rental car counter stop, you'll be in the gateway to the Keys in about an hour.


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Holiday Inn Key Largo

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Location:

99701 Overseas Hwy
33037 Key Largo, US

Contact:

tel: +1 305 451 2121
fax: +1 305 451 5592


2

Snappers Waterfront Saloon & Raw Bar

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Location:

Mile Marker 94.5
Oceanside
Key Largo, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: 305 852 5956


Day 2 - Key Largo


Divers, this is seriously great wreck diving! But advanced divers are best suited for the Duane and/or the Bibb, but notably the Spiegel Grove. you don't want to miss her, believe me. Leave any preconceived notions about deep diving home, and listen closely to your dive briefing. Sea Dwellers Dive Center is convenient and friendly.


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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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Location:

Mile Marker 102.5
Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: +1 305 451 6300


2

Jules Undersea Lodge

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Location:

51 Shoreland Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: +1 305 451 2353
fax: +1 305 451 4789


3

Gus' Grill

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Location:

103800 Overseas Highway
Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
Key Largo, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: +1 305 453 0000
fax: +1 305 453 0093


Day 3 - Islamorada, Marathon


1

The Hungry Tarpon

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Location:

77522 Overseas Highway
Lower Matecumbe
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 0535


2

History of Diving Museum

Location:

MM 83 bayside
Islamorada, FL 33036


3

Gulf View Motel

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Location:

58743 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 289 1414
fax: +1 305 743 8629


4

Hurricane Grill

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Location:

4650 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: 305 743 5755
fax: +1 305 743 5786


Day 4 - Marathon, Pigeon Key


Today you want to seek out a dive center to take you to the Thunderbolt wreck - she's a (deep) beauty, giant Goliath grouper hang out, along with barracuda and sharks. The current to get past the mooring ball can be ripping, but a staff that handles this dive with 110% professionalism is Hall's Dive Center. You'll get a 2nd tank on a shallow reef that is loaded with life.


1

Sombrero Beach

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Location:

End of Sombrero Beach Road
Mile Marker 50
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 292 4560


2

Old Seven Mile Bridge

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Location:

Mile Marker 47, U.S 1
U.S. 1
Pigeon Key, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 800 352 5397


3

Annette's Lobster & Steak House

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Location:

3660 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: 305-743-5516


Day 5 - Key West, Summerland Key


1

Bahia Honda State Park

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Location:

Mile Marker 37.5
Big Pine Key
Key West, FL 33043

Contact:

tel: +1 305 872 2353


2

Montes Restaurant & Fish Market

Location:

Mile Marker 25
Summerland Key, FL 33042

Contact:

tel: +1 305 754 3731


3

Papa's Hideaway

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Location:

309 Louisa Street
Key West, FL 33040-7513

Contact:

tel: +1 305 294 7709
fax: 305-296-1354


Day 6 - Key West


Scheduling the Vandenberg for a dive will be easy, its popularity is enormous, and puts a perfect southernmost anchor on the Shipwreck Trek. Southernmost Divers or Lost Reef will be your best bet for this long-awaited wreck dive. In over 100 feet of water, the bow is one of the most interesting starting points, with the foremast and parabolic radar dishes. This wreck usually has current, so be alert and in shape! Not for the light of heart or a new diver. Wreck divers and advanced or well-trained divers, preferred. Lots of fish and growth on it already, inside of six months! Goliath grouper, bait fish schooling, barracuda, and your mini-critters and algae. Awesome!


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Jack Flats Bar and Restaurant

Location:

509 and 1/2 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: 305 294 7955


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