About 70 miles west of Key West, lay one of the most stunning eco attractions you’ll ever encounter. The Dry Tortugas National Park, a remote collection of islands in the Gulf of Mexico, holds a special kind of majesty that one can only understand when he or she experiences it firsthand.
Accessible only by ferry or seaplane, the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson are endlessly beautiful, enveloped by warm crystal waters, sandy beaches, an abundance of wildlife and breathtaking natural scenery. Grab a snorkel and walk into the water—just a few feet from shore lays a coral reef, where hundreds of tropical fish and marine animals will thrill you as they dart past your mask. Bring your camping gear and spend the night (or two or three) under the stars. Keep your eyes open for the sooty tern, a magnificent tropical bird that chooses Bush Key as its only nesting place in the United States. If you’re a bird watching enthusiast, you’ll be delighted by the more than 300 different bird species that inhabit this 100 square mile park. Take a tour and learn the interesting history behind Fort Jefferson, which was built in 1846 and is comprised of 16 million bricks, making it the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere.
Daytrips, weekend excursions, whenever you go, however long you choose to stay, a visit to the Dry Tortugas is a one-of-a-kind adventure you can’t miss while in Key West.