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“A remote treasure.”

Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran
Ranked #2 of 182 things to do in Key West
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

We enjoyed our self-guided walking tour to visit Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park. We brought a picnic lunch to feast on after snorkeling in the clear waters just off the beach.

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Reviewed June 9, 2014

My wife and I spent two nights camping at Dry Tortugas National Park. We have an absolutely amazing experience. You can go snorkeling right at the fort and see beautiful coral reefs inhabited by barracudas, tarpon, sharks, and a whole variety of tropical fish. Fort Jefferson is very impressive and if you go camping you can see an amazing sunset from the top of the fort. The rangers are extremely friendly and social. There were among the best rangers my wife and I have encountered out of our several trips to other national parks. If you bring a kayak with you, I highly recommend making the 3 mile trip over to Loggerhead Key. Sometimes the currents can be strong between the two islands, so you need to be careful and speak with the rangers about current weather conditions. However, on the particular day we chose to make the trip, the ocean the entire way across was smooth as glass--the trip only took 50 minutes one way because the ocean was so calm. At Loggerhead Key, there is an old lighthouse and the most beautiful coral reef we saw at Dry Tortugas (It's know as "Little Africa"). On our way back to Garden Key, we had a very close encounter with ten dolphins that swirled and jumped and played in the water around our kayak--several were within less than two feet of our kayak! It was quite an amazing experience to see dolphins up so close and personal in their natural environment--it was so close in the kayak that we practically could have reached out and touched them! Camping is definitely the way to go if you want to get the full Dry Tortugas experience. The experience between 2:45pm (when the Yankee Freedom heads back to Key West) and 10:30am the following day (when the Yankee Freedom arrives at Fort Jefferson) is frankly much better than when the Yankee Freedom is in port--170 people on the island when the Yankee Freedom is in port as compared with only 20 people on the island when the Yankee Freedom leaves. There is nothing else quiet like the experience of spending the night on an island 70 miles from civilization with only around 20 other people on island in the middle of the ocean.

5  Thank sew4207
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is a must see if you go to Key West! Exotic, beautiful island. You can snorkel and site see all in one day. Worth it!

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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Spent a few days in key West and signed up for the Seaplane trip to the Dry Tortugas. it was a spectacular time! Do NOT make the mistake of taking the Ferry (3 1/2 hours). Take the seaplane (1 hour) that flies about 200 feet over the water so you can see the sharks and huge sea turtles in the clear green water. Landing and taking off from the beautiful water is an experience you won't forget. We had Captain Evan. Great guy. First place Captain I ever saw fly a plane...barefoot! Cool dude. He had Jimmy Buffet and other cool music playing the whole way there and back and pointed out all the interesting sites including shipwrecks, Cuban boats abandoned on the small islands where refugees landed etc. When you get to the Fort make sure to snorkel. Really nice coral and fish.
Do this trip! Highly recommended.

6  Thank TravelMasterGreg
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

seaplane ride the pilot was great with all the information of the area and prepared me for a great adventure. Definitely, do the first run in the morning you have the park to yourself until 10:30 when the ferry arrives. It was very reflective and mediative experience walking the grounds like I said nearly all alone.

1  Thank Lucia A
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