Dry Tortugas Ft. Jefferson

The Dry Tortugas are a cluster made up of seven small islands, composed of coral reefs and sand.

Dry Torugas Fort Jefferson - Photo by Rob O'NealAlong with the surrounding shoals and waters, they make up Dry Tortugas National Park. Known for its famous bird and marine life and its crown jewel, the historic Fort Jefferson.  A massive but unfinished coastal fort, Fort Jefferson is the largest structure in the Western Hemisphere, and is composed of over 16 million bricks.

A trip to the Dry Tortugas is guaranteed an unique experience with the absolute best snorkeling with coral heads just feet from the beach shore and the brick wall surrounding the fort. The amazingly beautiful natural scenery and its subtropical climate makes the Dry Tortugas a must-see in the Florida Keys.

Seaplane flying over Dry Tortugas - Photo by Rob O'NealUndoubtedly the most exciting and unique way to get out to The Dry Tortugas is traveling by seaplane. It is also the fastest way to get there and gives you the most time on the island. The flight from Key West to the Dry Tortugas takes less than 45 minutes, and visitors can choose between spending a half day or a full day.

Enjoy most incredible views flying at a low altitude over the shallow flats of the Keys, getting a chance to see marine wildlife such as sea turtles, dolphins and sharks from above. The tour includes the seaplane ride, a 40-minute tour of Fort Jefferson, complimentary soft drinks, and snorkeling gear.

Snorkeling at the Dry Tortugas - Photo by Rob O'NealThe other option is taking a full-day trip cruising aboard a spacious and comfortably air-conditioned high-speed catamaran boat from Key West harbor 70 miles to the Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson.

During the approximately two-hour voyage to this pristine and unique island, on-board guides will give you an orientation about the area and the national park’s surroundings. The excursion includes a complimentary continental breakfast, fully narrated 45-minute tour of Civil War Fort Jefferson, snorkeling, swimming, relaxing in the sun, walking the beach, and a picnic lunch at the beach.

Aerial shot of Dry Tortugas - Photo by Rob O'NealWhen booking the excursion you may inquire about staying overnight and camp right at the beach on the island. Promise, it will be a once in a lifetime experience and one of the most exiting adventures you will ever do!  Space is very limited and needs to be booked in advance. Camping overnight at Fort Jefferson is an amazing event with an astonishingly secluded campsite, and an incredible amount of stars to see you never knew existed!

Mountain Island Connection looks forward to helping you plan a memorable getaway! Call or email today!