We took the morning sea plane out and enjoyed fantastic ocean vistas! We even saw some dolphins and sea turtles in the water.
We immediately went snorkeling at the South Coaling Docks once we arrived. Wow! Caribbean wildlife abounded! We felt a little rushed as we toured Fort Jefferson, and didn't even have time to enter the Visitors Center. We spent about an hour in the water snorkeling.
The boat ride out gives you an hour more at Dry Tortugas, but is a full day trip. We were back on Key West by noon, and had the whole of Dry Tortugas to ourselves and a few campers from about 8:30 - 10:30 am when the boat finally arrived.
Also, we had a National Parks Pass, which they photocopied at the sea plane check-in. We didn't have to pay their $5 entrance fee. The sea plane company provided us with complimentary snorkel gear and a small ice chest. We brought our own sandwiches and snacks which we placed in the ice chest.
When will you ever have the opportunity to visit this place again? If you want to see what the pristine Florida Keys would look like, this is the place for you.
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