Fort Jefferson – Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Fort Jefferson, built in the mid-1800s and used during the Civil War, is surrounded by the most beautiful blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico that you will ever see.
There are two main ways to get there:
- by seaplane (quick, but pricy), or
- ferry service provided by Yankee Freedom (slower, but more affordable).
We opted for the Yankee Freedom ferry. It departs from Key West’s historic seaport at around 8:00am for the 70 mile journey to Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas, arriving at around 10:15am.
A continental breakfast and lunch is provided. While on Fort Jefferson you can tour the fort, walk the moat wall, relax on a couple of nice, quiet beaches, swim, go birding, and snorkel (equipment is provided!).
The worst thing about the trip? You’ll want more time–it’s paradise! The ferry departs Fort Jefferson at 3:00pm and arrives back in Key West at 5:15pm. Do note: heartier souls can camp overnight at Fort Jefferson and catch the ferry the next day–be forewarned: there are no freshwater drinking sources for campers, nor standard toilet/showering facilities.
Want to see more? Check out my Key West Flickr album.