Dry Tortugas National Park

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Dry Tortugas National Park is a United States National Park that contains a cluster of islands about 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, USA on Garden Key.

Understand[edit]

Fort Jefferson in Dry Tortugas

History[edit]

Construction of Fort Jefferson was begun in 1846 but never completed. President Franklin Roosevelt declared it and the waters surrounding it a National Monument in 1935.

Landscape[edit]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Climate[edit]

The Dry Tortugas exist in a subtropical climate. Temperatures range from the mid-50s to mid-80s. April and May are often idyllic. There are essentially two seasons: The winter season (December-March), which can be windy with rough seas, and the tropical storm season (June-November) during which Dry Tortugas experiences both hot, humid weather and calm seas or severe weather events. Due to the ever-changing weather patterns, an accurate weather forecast is recommended before your visit.

Get in[edit]

Map of Dry Tortugas

The park is open year round during daylight hours, and is only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Fees/Permits[edit]

A seven day pass is $5 for adults.

Get around[edit]

This is a cluster of 7 small islands. As such the only way to reach them (and travel between them) is by boat or seaplane.

The largest of the islands, Garden Key, hosts Fort Jefferson. Walking tours are provided and snorkeling is a must. All traffic is on foot.

See[edit]

  • Fort Jefferson.


Do[edit]

  • Camping.
  • Snorkel.
  • Guided fishing trips.
  • Guided wildlife viewing trips.
  • Sailing charters.

and you can go diving there

Buy[edit]

  • Gift Shop. A small National Park Service Gift Shop is available inside Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. It offers a very limited selection of items.

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

Lodging[edit]

Camping[edit]

Limited camping is available. It is $3/person per night.

Backcountry[edit]

Stay safe[edit]

Go next[edit]

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