This national park is the nation's only at-sea national park and is home to the historic Fort Jefferson. Located about 70 ... More
Dry Tortugas National Park
This national park is the nation's only at-sea national park and is home to the historic Fort Jefferson. Located about 70 miles west of Key West and accessible only by boat or chartered seaplane, the park and fort lure divers, snorkelers and nature lovers who flock here to get a close look at stag horn coral, angel fish, rare birds and the loggerhead turtles that gave the island its name. Built in 1846, the five-sided fort covers more than 11 of the island's 16 acres.
My husband and I thought it was an okay park. We didn't like the fact that there were no restrooms or showers to rinse off after you get out of the water. After a while you start to itch because of the sand on your body. You have to go to the boat for everything. The history was interesting. Would not go back again. One time was ENOUGH!!!
Beware! The boat trip to and from causes seasickness in almost all passengers. Snorkeling is poor. The fort is midly interesting, but four hours of walking around a big brick fort with no artifacts gets stale. We felt that we had met a challenge by taking this day trip, like walking on coals or taking a New Year's plunge in Boston, but no one in our group thought it fun.
Dry Tortugas was a real treat; the staff on at the national park were so interesting to talk to. Very nice people. A faint drawback - a generator droned all the time - the power source for the staff. Wish wind power was available for them in this era of global warming.
Sure, the ferry from Key West takes about 4 hours to get to the island, but once you get there, it'll be worth it. Just the size of the fort in such a secluded area is breath-taking and there's so much to check out in and around it. When I went in '98, I didn't go snorkeling because I was only interested in the fort, but based on what I've heard from others, it's also a recommended thing to do while on the island.
It was an outstnding day trip! I went in October and it was a comfortable day of sun, snorkeling and swimming.The history of the fort was impressive. Hard to imagine building a fort out in the middle of an ocean with that many bricks. If you go you will definitely want to take a good waterproof sunscreen that lasts all day. I didn't and had to keep reapplying mine. Which in fact was not a good choice of product that day.
THERE WASN'T TOO MUCH TO DISLIKE. YOUR IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE BUT YOUR IN THIS TROPICAL DELIGHT. BEAUTIFUL CORAL BEACH-"HARD TO FIND IN THE KEYS", A STEP BACK INTO TIME-DR. SAMUEL MUDD'S HOME(PRISON) FOR FOUR YEARS. WE WANT TO THANK "JACK" FOR HIS EXCELLENT TOUR GUIDE FROM THE RIDE OUT TO FORT JEFFERSON AND THE FORT ITSELF. DO YOU LIKE TO SNORKEL-THIS IS THE PLACE. NEXT TIME I GO TO FORT JEFFERSON, I'M GOING TO STAY OVER NIGHT-THAT MUST BE UNREAL.
Built in 1845 and occupied by Yankee forces in 1861, the fort was finally completed in 1866. Now a National
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