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San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park

As part of a Spanish flotilla, the San Pedro was a 287-ton, Dutch-built ship which sank in a hurricane on July 13, 1733. In 1960, her remains were discovered in Hawk Channel near Indian Key and major salvage efforts left only a large pile of ballast stones covering an area 90 feet long and 30 feet wide. Since then, the site has been enhanced with seven replica cannons, an anchor and an informational plaque. The underwater archaeological preserve is available for diving and snorkeling.

San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve State Park is located in 18 feet of water, approximately 1.25 nautical miles south from Indian Key at GPS coordinates: 24 degrees 51.802’N 80 degrees 40.795’W. To prevent anchor damage, please tie up to mooring buoys located at the site. For further information call 305-664-2540.

Long Key State Park

"Cayo Vivora" or Rattlesnake Key named this island because its shape resembles a snake with its jaws open. Before the Labor Day hurricane of 1935 destroyed it, Long Key was the site of a luxurious fishing resort. Today visitors enjoy exploring by canoe through a chain of lagoons or hiking two land-based trails. The Gold Orb Trail leads to an observation tower with panoramic views of the island. Some of the best bonefishing in the Keys is reported here and the shoreline attracts a variety of birds. Campsites overlook the Atlantic Ocean. (See Keys Camping)

Long Key State Park is located at Mile Marker 67.5, 67400 Overseas Highway on Long Key in the Florida Keys. The park is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Reservations for camping may be made onlin up to 11 months in advance at ReserveAmerica.com. For further information and park fees call 305-664-4815.

Curry Hammock State Park

Curry Hammock State Park consists of a group of islands in the Middle Keys that supports one of the largest populations of thatch palms in the United States. The park provides public access to swimming, picnic tables, grills and a playground on the ocean side of little Crawl Key.

Curry Hammock State Park is located along both sides of U.S. 1 starting at Little Crawl Key, Mile Marker 56.2, 11 miles west of Long Key. The entrance to the facilities is on the ocean side of U.S. 1. The park is open 365 days a year, 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Camping reservations may be made onlin up to 11 months in advance at ReserveAmerica.com. For more information and park fees call 305-289-2690.

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda is not like the other island in the Keys because of its sandy beaches and deep waters close to shore. The combination provides exceptional swimming and snorkeling opportunities. The old Bahia Honda bridge offers a panoramic view of the island and surrounding waters, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces visitors to the island's plants, animals and history.

Bahia Honda State Park is located 12 mile south of Marathon on U.S. Hwy. 1. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Admission is $1.50 per pedestrian or bicyclist, $3.50 for a single-occupant vehicle, $6.00 for a double-occupant vehicle. Additional occupants up to eight are $.50 each. Pavilion rentals are available by full or half days. Parking is not guaranteed once the parking capacity is reached. Camping reservations may be made online up to 11 months in advance at ReserveAmerica.com. For further information call 305-872-2353.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

In 1973, Fort Zachery Taylor was designated a National Historic Landmark. The fort was built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. When it was completed in 1866, it played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

Today, visitors come not only for a glimpse at its military history, but for popular recreation opportunities — beautiful beach, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and bicycling. This is one of the best locations for an unobstructed view of a Key West sunset!

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is located at the end of Southard Street on Truman Annex in Key West. The park is open 365 days a year, 8:00 a.m. until sundown. Phone 305-292-6713 for further information and park fees.

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