Snorkeling and Fishing

Image of Kids Snorkeling Near Fort Jefferson

Love to snorkel and fish? Then you cannot miss the chance to visit the Dry Tortugas National Park. If you’re in Key West, make a reservation to take a ferry over to this incredible secluded oasis that lay in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a scenic ride to the place where Ponce de Leon caught 160 sea turtles when he first visited in June of 1513.


If you love getting up close to nature, wildlife and the wonders that exist under the sea, the Dry Tortugas will delight you. There is an abundance of marine animals that inhabit the reefs, and the reefs themselves are a beautiful sight to behold. Snorkeling these waters is as easy as walking right into the water since the reef lay right offshore and you could spend hours exploring this underwater haven. If fishing is your thing, the Dry Tortugas is an excellent choice for an all day charter or a weekend adventure. The islands here are surrounded by deep-water reefs and wrecks and are teeming with many different species of grouper, snapper, mackerel, tuna, Wahoo, dolphin, sailfish and more. The Dry Tortugas has been referred to as an angler’s paradise, so if you’re looking for world-class game fish you’ll be in the right place. Even Ernest Hemingway loved to fish in the waters surrounding the Dry Tortugas back in the 30's. Snorkel, swim, fish or simply hang out on a sandy beach—the Dry Tortugas is one of Key West’s most revered attractions!

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