Are there mosquitoes at Fort Jefferson?
No, there are no mosquitoes due to the lack of standing water on the island.
Are there restaurants and gift shops on the island?
There are no restaurants at the Dry Tortugas, but there is a visitor’s center and a book store. The Yankee Freedom III will provide breakfast and lunch on all day trips. Soft drinks and snacks are available in the galley which will remain open for cash sales. Water is available all day at no extra charge.
I am camping at the Dry Tortugas, is there anywhere to buy ice on the island?
There is nowhere to buy ice, although you can bring your own in a cooler. Remember, you cannot consume any alcohol from your cooler while aboard the Yankee Freedom III, as we have a liquor license and glass containers are forbidden.
Will there be sharks in the water surrounding the Dry Tortugas?
Yes, sharks are part of the majestic ecosystem of the Caribbean, although no Yankee Freedom III passenger has ever been injured by a shark. If you happen to see one swim by, simply look, but don’t touch!
FAQ: Is there shade on the island?
Shade is very limited outside of Fort Jefferson. There is a covered area with benches on the dock where you can rest and take a break from the sun.