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San Pedro under water Archaeological State Park is situated in Ismamorada on Floridas Atlantic Coast
From the nineteen eighties Florida has been making big efforts to expand it's under water parks and these that have ship wrecks provide an exciting experiens for divers.
There are currently nine under water parks in Florida with more in the pipe line.
At San Pedro, you have the opportunity to dive to the wreck of the San Pedro which was discovered in the nineteen sixties under almost 20 feet of water in Hawk channel. This ship was built in Holland
This was part of the fleet from Spain that left home on 13th of July and was one of a flotilla of 21 ships (18 vessels loaded with SILVERgold, jewels, spices and hides and 3 galleons that were armed )This ship was captained by a gentleman named Don Torres The 287 ton ship was sunk as a result of a hurricane that scattered the 21 vessels over a 30 mile area Out of the 21 ships only one survived.
Rather interestingly, more goods were discovered in the rescue operation than had actually been officially listed!
The remains sit on a white sand pocket and is a ninety foot pile of ballast encrusted with coral. The seas around are literally heaving with marine life. This is one of Floridas oldest artificial reefs
They have re-created the cannons and an anchor to give a little authenticity to this under water scene. You can swim, snorkel, canoe or scuba dive here.
Those who do not want to dive could have a stroll round Indian Key
The park is open from 8 a. m. to sundown and it is wise to pack sun screen, sun hats, insect repellant and lots of water
P. O Box 1052
Tel 305 664 2540
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