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Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran
Ranked #8 of 185 things to do in Key West
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

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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Reviewed February 16, 2014

The 2 1/2 hour ride both ways on the Yankee Freedom makes this a full day trip. The ocean is beautiful and the ride was pretty smooth, but it could be rough in bad weather, so pick a calm day if you can.
The Dry Tortugas are the farthest tip of the Keys and that alone earns them "Bucket List" status. But, this is also one of the best places in the world for diving/snorkeling and observing wildlife. I'm a history buff so the tour of Ft. Jefferson was really fabulous. Its location has preserved it better than most other Civil War era forts. While weather and benign neglect have have caused some deterioration, it has avoided the damage and "renovation" by people (well intended or otherwise) that other sites have had to endure over the last 150 years.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was our anniversary gift. We have been wanting to do this for awhile. Last year it got cancelled for weather reasons, so we tried again this year. It was worth the wait, the money and definitely the experience. To go on the seaplane to the island was great, my husband got to sit on the cockpit going over and I sat coming back. What a rush!!!! it's the closest you will get to flying as a bird. You will see islands, sharks, stingrays, turtles, sunken ships, even boats left in the water by refugees trying to reach the US soils. The park was fun, we've seen many forts, but it was ok. The beach amazing a little cold but it's February and freezing in the east cost, the water was in the low 70"s, many people snorkeled we went up to our knees. We took the two o'clock tour and it was great because the ferry leaves when we arrive so we had the island to ourselves. The only negative is that their no water, the tour included a cooler with water each guest had their own cooler but their is no running water to clean up after your swim. You are in the middle of nowhere and it felt amazing. Great Experience, I wish more people would take this adventure.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

If you are traveling to Key West you must take this side trip. Explore the fort and then do some snorkeling. Very much enjoyed the trip

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Reviewed February 15, 2014

I enjoyed everything, the ferry ride was nice and I enjoyed the view. The trip pot they served breakfast and lunch was served when we was at the fort.

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