Trips to America’s most remote national park – aboard a high-speed ferry or sea plane

Approximately 70 miles west of Key West lies beautiful Dry Tortugas National Park and Ft. Jefferson.  This remote part of the Florida Keys is accessible only by private vessel, high-speed ferry, or seaplane.

Visitors are drawn to this spot by its fascinating history as well as its gorgeous beaches. The trip to the stark, yet stunning islands crosses incredibly clear waters where shipwrecks and sea life are usually visible. Divers, snorkelers and nature lovers flock to the area for its coral formations, loggerhead turtles, French angel fish and many rare birds.

The Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon first discovered this island chain in 1513 and called them Las Tortugas, meaning The Turtles, for the great number of sea turtles found there. The latter name, Dry Tortugas, was intended to warn seafarers that the islands contain no fresh water.

On Garden Key, the largest island in the group, you’ll find historic Ft. Jefferson – once envisioned as the largest link in America’s coastal defense system. Its original purpose was to control navigation into the vast Gulf of Mexico and protect the Atlantic-bound Mississippi River trade from piracy. Begun In 1846, it used 16 million bricks – making it the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere – although it was never actually finished. You can travel to its remnants today in America’s most remote and least visited national park.

With remarkable snorkeling, thousands of migratory birds, and endless ocean vistas, you will never forget the sense of wonder that comes from visiting a sight seen by only a lucky few.

Click below to learn about the Ferry and Seaplane trips to the Dry Tortugas:

Satellite map showing Dry Tortugas in relation to Key West & the Florida Keys
The true end of the Florida Keys isn’t Key West….it is the Dry Tortugas islands that lie 70 miles to the west. Click the map to see a larger version.
Aerial photo of Garden Keys and Fort Jefferson, with main points of interest labeled
Garden Key and Fort Jefferson aerial map. Click for larger version and see how beautiful this place is.

Boat Ferry to Ft. Jefferson & the Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas ferry boat

Full-day trip from Key West to the Dry Tortugas which includes breakfast, lunch, and snorkeling.

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Seaplane to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Seaplane to the Dry Tortugas, at rest on the beach

Fly from Key West airport, land on the ocean, park on the beach, and hop out onto the softest sand on this amazing trip.

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Camping at the Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson

Tent campsite at the Dry Tortugas

Information for camping in Dry Tortugas National Park, including campsite map, regulations, and advice.

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