My boyfriend and I will be camping on the Dry Tortugas for one night in July, 2013. We are both very keen to go snorkeling, and want to get to the best snorkeling spots. In a promotional video we watched for the park, somebody recommended bringing a kayak. Does anyone second this? There is an extra expense, but if it means we will be able to reach better snorkeling, we'll do it! Also, do you think it would be necessary to bring a wetsuit in July for snorkeling? How warm will the water be?
Also, camping logistics:
1. What's the best way to create shade? I assume there will be little to no shade, and that it will be blisteringly hot. We'll have a small, 2 person tent with us. Has anyone tried one of those tarp/awning things you put over your tent? How effective was it?
2. How strict are they about enforcing the 50lb / person weight limit on the Yankee Freedom? We were thinking of bringing a cooler of fish to grill, but are worried this will set us over our weight limit.
3. How dangerous is the snorkeling? I have read all kinds of things about stinging coral and jellyfish. Should we plan on wearing full-length wetsuits? Are the sharks a problem?
4. What happens if you need medical attention?