Destination Spotlight: Dry Tortugas
Just 70 miles off the coast of Key West, Dry Tortugas is a Florida National Park and one of the best kept secrets in the Florida Keys. This tiny island paradise makes for a perfect fun-filled day trip during your stay on Stock Island. Hop aboard the Yankee Freedom III at the Key West Ferry Terminal to begin your adventure to new and exciting waters.
What to Pack
Before making your way to Dry Tortugas, you’ll want to make sure your bag is packed with the essentials. A day full of exploring in the Florida sun calls for: a bathing suit, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a good pair of walking shoes. Don’t forget to bring something to take pictures with — the pristine blue waters make for a perfect addition to your Instagram feed.
What to See
The main attraction found on Dry Tortugas is Fort Jefferson. This 19th century fortress is one of the largest brick buildings in the US, containing more than 16 million handmade bricks. Fort Jefferson was one of many forts built following the War of 1812 and was used house prisoners during the Civil War. Enjoy an immersive tour of this historic building during your visit to Dry Tortugas.
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What to Do
After walking through the island’s history, explore its breathtaking natural surroundings. Enjoy a relaxing experience as you take your pick of the island’s five beaches: South Swim Beach, Seaplane Beach, Dinghy Beach, and North Swim Beach. While there, grab your snorkeling gear and dive into the clear blue waters. Discover a world of color beneath the surface as you swim through one of the most vibrant coral reefs in the US. For an adventure on the land, hit the trails and keep your eyes out for the nearly 300 species of birds found on the island.
Don’t sleep on this hidden Key West gem.