Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

I will continue my stay in Key West for another day so I can tell you about a great Key West side trip. About 70 miles west of Key West, Florida lies a chain of seven islands called the Dry Torgugas. These islands make up the most remote of our National Parks, Dry Torgugas National Park. Located on these unspoiled islands is Fort Jefferson.

There are Day Trips available from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park by high speed ferry. These trips are provided by two different ferry services, Yankee Freedom II and Sunny Days Fast Cat leaving mornings from Key West. Because of the location, there is never a bad time of year to vist Dry Tortugas National Park, it is blessed with year-round warm weather.

There is very limited Primitive Camping Sites in the park, restrooms are available, but nothing else, including water. You must bring all of your provisions with you and you must remove everything you brought in when you leave, even your garbage. Lists of needed provisions are available online. The ferry services, in addition to the Day Trips, offer Campers venturing to Dry Tortugas National Park transportation for themselves, their gear and their provisions. This is on a first come, first serve basis and only a limited number of Campers can be transported each day.

Visitors to Dry Tortugas National Park will find unspoiled beauty beyond their imagination. The water surrounding the islands is crystal clear, warm and very inviting for swimmers and snorkelers alike. Visit Fort Jefferson for a look back in history or just relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the park.

By the way, there are "No Dogs Allowed" in this park, but the humans really love it.

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