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Book Early

This is a very popular trip that will sell out months in advance. We recommend booking 8 to 12 months in advance.

Itinerary

Camping at Fort Jefferson is PRIMITIVE CAMPING! In other words, you must bring everything (water included) with you.

FERRY DEPARTURE

Check in:
6am
BOARDING:
7:30am
DEPARTURE:
8am
ARRIVE AT FORT JEFFERSON:
10:30am

DRY TORTUGAS & FERRY RETURN

FORT JEFFERSON TOUR:
11am
LUNCH:
11AM - 1PM
DEPARTURE:
3PM
ARRIVE IN KEY WEST:
5:30PM

Campers should confirm their return dates at the time of ticket purchase and with the captain on the outbound trip. Due to space constraints, the Yankee Freedom is happy to accommodate campers wishing to stay up to 4 days (3 nights).

What to Bring

Camping Equipment List

  • Tent
  • Ground Cover
  • Cooler
    1 per person
  • Water
    1 gallon per person per day minimum for bathing and drinking
  • Grilling Tools and Cookware
  • Sleeping Bags/Cushions
  • Cash for Campsite Fee
    $15 per night per regular site, $30 for group sites (more than 2 tents). The fee will be collected at the campsite by the Park Service.

Daytime Accessories

  • Bathing Suit & Beach Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses & Hat
  • Snorkeling Gear – Optional
  • Sunscreen
  • Binoculars
  • Sturdy Pair of Walking Shoes
  • Cash or Credit Card
    The Park operates a small gift shop selling books, postcards, T-shirts and other items. The Yankee Freedom serves a large assortment of sodas, snacks, candy, beer, wine, tropical drinks, T-shirts, cameras, Dramamine ™, etc.

Included with trip

  • Breakfast Snack and Box Lunch (arrival day only)
  • Complimentary Snorkeling Equipment
  • Fully Narrated 45-min. Tour of the Fort
  • Beach walking, snorkel, swim,
    or just relax in the sun
  • No Hidden Fees
    Ticket includes entrance fee to Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson
camping at the dry tortugas - night full of stars

onboard services

The galley on board the Yankee Freedom is a virtual oasis when visiting the Dry Tortugas. For the adult guest, our fully stocked cash bar includes popular brands of beer, wine and liquors, which are highlighted with a tasty array of delicious frozen drinks including Rum Runners, Pina Coladas, Strawberry Daiquiris and frozen Margaritas.

  • Diet & Regular Soft Drinks
  • Fresh Popped Popcorn, Chips &
  • Candy Bars
  • Fruit Juices
  • Pizza, Burgers, Hot Dogs & Soft Pretzels
  • Fully Stocked Cash Bar
  • Ice Cream Bar

island services

While camping at the Dry Tortugas, enjoy days filled with endless fun and unforgettable vacation experiences! Enhance your day of discovery with these island services. Take advantage of all the exciting activities available to you while exploring the seven tiny islands of the Dry Tortugas National Park.

  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Bird Watching
  • Beach & Swimming
  • Fort Tour
  • Restrooms & Showers
    Aboard the Ferry

Camping in the Dry Tortugas National Park is an Experience of a Lifetime

Imagine sleeping under the stars, on an island 70 miles from civilization, with the warm tropical breezes blowing through palm trees and the rhythmic sound of the ocean waves playing in the background. Camping at the Dry Tortugas is very popular.

The National Park Entrance Fee is included in your total charges when you book your reservation and can be refunded if you present an Annual National Park Pass or Golden Age Pass at check-in the morning of your trip.

*The Park Service will collect a campsite fee of $15 to $30 per night based on the size of your party. This will be collected by Park Rangers during your stay.