Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West

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Encompassing the most isolated and far-flung islands of the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park showcases vibrant coral reefs, tropical landscapes, and an island fortress. Set in the Gulf of Mexico nearly 109 km (68 mi) away from Key West, the park can be accessed only by sea. You climb aboard the official ferry service licensed by park authorities to reach the seven islands. Stop by the visitor center located inside Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century brick castle occupying the second-largest islet, for information on the park's history, oceanic ecology, and archaeology. Watch carefully for some of the park's nearly 300 species of birds, including nesting pelicans, terns, and frigatebirds. PutDry Tortugas National Park into our Key West trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great ride on the boat The water was amazing. We met a bunch of really nice people too! We had a great time! 
    Great ride on the boat The water was amazing. We met a bunch of really nice people too! We had a great time!  more »
  • Dry Tortugas was definitely a bucket list trip. Not just for crossing off another National Park but we took the Seaplane instead of the ferry and it is 100% the best way to get there! We arrived on... 
    Dry Tortugas was definitely a bucket list trip. Not just for crossing off another National Park but we took the Seaplane instead of the ferry and it is 100% the best way to get there! We arrived on...  more »
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  • Very unique nature and history experience. Great snorkeling. Awesome beaching. Pretty darn secluded. Fabulous nature viewing. We took the boat. It’s a ways but it goes by fast, watching other keys, waves, and fish. We saw several sea turtles and tons of flying fish. Great bird watching here. Great fish to see while snorkeling. Also legitimately sandy beach. (Not common in keys.)
  • A great place to visit. The full day is the best. Great snorkeling, beaches, views. We did the full day plane tour with Key West sea plane charters, they made it extra special. One of the most fun days we’ve had in a while.

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