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Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran
Ranked #2 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Enjoyed it but not for the beginner to snorkel. We really could have used more guidance in where beginner's should snorkel. The fort tour was nice and food was good. Great trip back and forth on the boat. If we go again, we'll take the plane.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Long, expensive trip out to the gorgeous Dry Tortugas. Nice boat with all the amenities helped. Great snorkeling around the fort but the fort itself is totally undeveloped. It is just the remaining structure with no history tours, video tours, photo ops. The fort was a huge disappointment. Slightly glad we went because it was always on our bucket list but would never go again. Park service is dropping the ball on this one. It could easily be upgraded to a wonderful trip.

Thank uneekware
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Perhaps the best thing about traveling is seeing something the world has to offer that can't be found anywhere else. I think this may qualify...

First the bad... you're up very early on an island not intended for such. You will get sunburned most likely, despite your best preventative efforts. Odds are decent you'll get a jellyfish sting as well.

Buuut.... You rip through the tropics on a very fast boat. You'll see many sea turtles on the ride, some under the water, others splashing on the surface. The hulking fort on the horizon is quite a sight, and once you hear that the range of the cannons was three miles you can imagine how ominous and impregnable it might have felt to enemy ships. Enclosed in hexagon of 16 million bricks amidst the sea there is a sense of both beauty and desolation, tranquil oceanic calm and shipwrecked despair, at once Robinson Crusoe, post-exile Napolean, and Jacques Cousteau.

Those who lived there were dutiful souls. Indeed duty likely precluded a mindset suited to the place. And that is of appreciation of aesthete and simplicity. The shimmering of the schools, the diligence of the birds, the untrammeled night skies... life moves slow and rhythmically out there... largo. Alas we are but specks.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We missed this trip the first time. But this year we made it and it was a fantastic activity. It takes all day but you will be back in tome for a late dinner. The boat ride out was worth the trip but then to be on a tinny island that is nearly consumed by this massive brick fort was awesome. We learned about the history,we snorkeled, we enjoyed a great lunch, and took lots of pictures. Don't miss this attraction and part of American history.

Thank Mark K
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

great trip, snorkeling was wonderful. Would like to camp there sometime. interesting place to see and great boat trip there and back.

Thank leslie b
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