First Timers Guide to a Getaway in Dry Tortugas National Park

First Timers Guide to a Getaway in Dry Tortugas National Park

by Arshpreet Multani | March 22, 2019

The remote Dry Tortugas National Park consists of seven small islands, with a range of various water activities available for visitors. The park is surrounded by serene turquoise water, coral reefs, and amazing marine life. If you decided to come visit this peaceful park, chances are you won’t be disappointed!


General Information

The park is open 24 hours a day, for 365 days a year, but some islands are closed off to the public. Be sure to figure out what island you would like to travel to prior to your trip, and check their operating hours. Regardless of the season in which you plan to visit, visitors are urged to look at the weather conditions. Visitors are also strongly recommended to visit during summer, when the weather is deal and the water is perfect for snorkeling. Travel to this remote destination via boat or sea plane. 


Recommended Campground

  • Garden Key: Camping at Garden Key is an experience that will grant travelers with opportunities to star gaze, snorkel, view scenic sunsets, and so many more activities! Get a chance to sleep under the stars, with the soothing sounds of the waves crashing back and forth in the background as you sleep. Reservations are not required, but this site operates on a first come, first served basis. The site also has picnic tables, as well as grills.

Activities in Dry Tortugas 

  • Snorkeling & diving at Fort Jefferson: This national park's communities of corals and seagrass are some of the most beautiful in all of the Florida Keys. Visitors are urged not to disrupt the homes of the coral or shells.
  • Paddlesports: With a kayak or paddle board, tourists can view the true beauty that Dry Tortugas has to offer. When you paddle, you will be able to look through the clear water and see all the marine creatures.
  • Swimming: This park sits along the corner of the Florida Keys reef system, which allows visitors to readily explore this beauty. Come check out this amazing marine life!
  • Birding: The seven islands that encompass the Dry Tortugas are a prime spot for migrating birds to stop at on their journey to South America.

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