The Dry Tortugas! Just saying the name conjures images of turquoise waters, untouched beaches, and a majestic 19th-century fort rising from the sea. This remote archipelago, 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, is a true hidden gem in the heart of the Florida Keys. Here's a glimpse of what awaits you:
History and Exploration:
Fort Jefferson: Explore the massive, six-sided Fort Jefferson, once envisioned as the "Gibraltar of the Gulf." Climb the 63-foot ramparts for breathtaking views, tour the eerie cells, and imagine life as a soldier stationed in this isolated outpost.
Crystal-clear waters: Snorkel and dive amongst vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish. See stingrays glide gracefully, turtles munch on seagrass, and maybe even spot a playful dolphin pod.
Secluded beaches: Bask on pristine white sand beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and soak up the tropical sunshine. The Dry Tortugas feels like your own private paradise.
Diverse wildlife: Watch seabirds soar overhead, spot iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks, and listen to the soothing sounds of waves lapping against the shore.
Camping under the stars: Pitch your tent on Garden Key and experience the magic of sleeping under the Milky Way, lulled by the ocean's rhythm.
Fishing: Cast your line for grouper, snapper, and other game fish. The waters around the Dry Tortugas are a fisherman's dream.
Packing essentials: Bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, water, snacks, and appropriate swimwear. Snorkeling gear is a must if you want to experience the underwater world.
The Dry Tortugas is more than just a destination; it's an experience. It's a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
So, are you ready to trade city lights for starry nights and sandy toes? Start planning your Dry Tortugas adventure today!
And if you have any specific questions about your trip, feel free to ask! I'm happy to help you plan the perfect Dry Tortugas getaway.
All Dry Tortugas Charters will include a catered lunch made that day from a local establishment. Snacks and ice water are always included. You may bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks of your choice if you choose to do so.
We will begin overnight charters in the Dry Tortugas on a 48' liveaboard March 2024. Sleeps 6 people, equipped with kayaks, fishing equipment, snorkeling gear, full cabin with air conditioning, fresh water showers, and the best sunsets from Fort Jefferson. Call for more info.