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San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park. About 1¼ nautical mi south of Indian Key is the San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park, which includes the remains of a Spanish treasure-fleet ship that sank in 1733. The state of Florida protects the site for divers; no spearfishing or souvenir collecting is allowed. Seven replica cannons and a plaque enhance what basically amounts to a 90-foot-long pile of ballast stones. Resting in only 18 feet of water, its ruins are visible to snorkelers as well as divers and attract a colorful array of fish. MM 85.5 OS, Islamorada, FL. 305/664-2540. www.floridastateparks.org/sanpedro.
Florida Keys Dive Center. Dive from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to Alligator Light with this outfitter. The center has two 46-foot Coast Guard-approved dive boats, offers scuba training, and is one of the few Keys dive centers to offer Nitrox and Trimix (mixed gas) diving. Two-tank dives cost $65 with no equipment; two-location snorkeling is $38. MM 90.5 OS, 90451 Overseas Hwy., Plantation Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/852-4599 or 800/433-8946. www.floridakeysdivectr.com.
Holiday Isle Dive Shop. This one-stop dive shop has a resort, pool, restaurant, lessons, and twice-daily dive and snorkel trips. Rates start at $50 for a two-tank dive or one-tank night dive without equipment. Snorkel trips are $30. MM 84 OS, 84001 Overseas Hwy., Windley Key, Islamorada, FL, 33036. 305/664-3483 or 800/327-7070 Ext. 644. www.diveholidayisle.com.
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