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Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park
Set 110 kilometers (70 miles) south of Key West is a group of seven uninhabited islands known as the Dry Tortugas, which makes for one of the area’s top day trips. Once there you can explore the historic Fort Jefferson, an enormous military facility that was under construction for 30 years (1846–1875) but never completed. The isles are surrounded by coral reefs with great snorkeling in the crystal clear blue waters, and you can also see birdlife galore. Most visitors arrive by ferry, which takes about three hours each way and includes a four-hour stay on the islands, but you can also charter a seaplane for a hefty price.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Finding a beach on a coral island like Key West isn't as easy as you may think. To spend the day on a quiet natural stretch of sand, locals like to hop a ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles from Key West. The 100-square-mile park, which encompasses seven small islands and the sea between them, is easily accessible by the Yankee Freedom, which departs from the Key West Ferry Terminal for day trips. The Dry Tortugas were discovered by Ponce de Leon in 1513 and named after the large population of sea turtles (turtle is tortuga in Spanish) on the islands. The main island, Garden Key, is home to Fort Jefferson, a six-sided fortress constructed of 16 million handmade red bricks. Today you can tour the grounds and learn about the fort's history. The islands' exquisite beaches include South Swim Beach, Seaplane Beach, Dinghy Beach, and North Swim Beach. Visitors can snorkel the reefs surrounding the main island to see tropical fish, starfish, queen conchs, and, of course, turtles.
Dry Tortugas National Park Key West Florida United States

Florida, USA
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