Perdido Key, Florida boasts plenty of stunning sights on land, but don't pass up the hidden treasures just below the surface of the beach city's legendary turquoise waters. When you stay in a beach vacation house in Perdido Key, you have easy access to the many treasures in store for you underwater.

You can snorkel in the crystal clear waters from just about any of the white sand beaches in Perdido Key and see sea turtles, fish and other wildlife. And with scuba gear, you'll find other exciting underwater attractions. 

Explore the world's largest artificial reef

The Perdido Key area offers plenty of exciting scuba diving opportunities.In 2006, the sinking of the USS Oriskany, a retired aircraft carrier, created the world's largest artificial reef. This event has made for some spectacular scuba diving opportunities. In fact, it led to the Pensacola Bay Area's mention in "The World's Best Diving & Resort" edition of Sport Diver magazine. This massive vessel is 911 feet long, 150 feet wide and more than 150 feet tall. While it's not the island's most natural attraction, it's a can't-miss experience for divers staying in the Perdido Key area, with visibility that ranges from 70 to 150-plus feet.

Hang out with marine life at USS Massachusetts

Another popular scuba diving site is the USS Massachusetts, a wreck that's been underwater for more than 50 years. It's had plenty of time to attract a plethora of fascinating marine life, such as Goliath grouper, giant stingrays, sea turtles, king mackerel and plenty of baitfish. It even has a resident 8-foot nurse shark. Located 25 feet underwater just 1.5 miles from the shore, this wreck is a perfect spot for an afternoon dive. It was dedicated as an underwater archeological preserve in 1993, on the 100th anniversary of the ship's launch.