Located on garden key is historic fort jefferson one of the nation s largest 19th century forts and a central cultural feature of dry tortugas national park. A visit to any of the other keys requires that you either have your own boat or that you bring a canoe or kayak with you on the ferry.
This 100 square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.
Garden key dry tortugas national park. Do you enjoy history. Explore a 19th century fort and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life. It is an amazing place to visit and is an amazing place to camp if you can manage all the logistics.
The archipelago s name derives from the lack of fresh water springs and the presence of turtles. Garden key is the most visited key at dry tortugas national park for it is the only island with amenities for tourists plus it is where the yankee freedom ferry arrives every day with up to 150 passengers. The work and what they had to endure makes it all the more astounding.
It is from this childhood business the yankee fleet was born. The yankee freedom iii is the fastest largest and newest state of the art ferry transporting passengers to fort jefferson dry tortugas national park. Garden key campground in dry tortugas national park dry tortugas florida.
See 1 traveler review 26 photos and blog posts. This incredible national park has something for everyone. Garden key is the second largest island in the dry tortugas about 14 acres in size and has had the most human impact.
The dry tortugas are a small group of islands located in the gulf of mexico at the end of the florida keys united states about 67 miles west of key west and 37 miles west of the marquesas keys the closest islands. The first europeans to discover the islands were the spanish in 1513 led by explorer juan ponce de león. They are an.
Dry tortugas features some of the best snorkeling on earth. Dry tortugas and ft jefferson garden key is the home of ft jefferson. Are you a nature lover.
You can camp in one of only ten primitive sites on garden key. Today jerry his wife carol and family operate the yankee fleet with vessels located in key west florida and gloucester massachusetts. Garden key is also home to our park headquarters visitor center campgrounds and great swimming and snorkeling areas.
Located in key west florida one of the jewels of the yankee fleet is the catamaran yankee freedom iii. Accessible only by boat or seaplane the park is known the world over as the home of magnificent fort jefferson picturesque blue waters superlative coral reefs and marine life and the vast assortment of bird life that frequents the area. Almost 70 miles 113 km west of key west lies the remote dry tortugas national park.
You can visit fort jefferson and take a tour with a knowledgable guide. Still farther west is the tortugas bank which is submerged. Dry tortugas national park day trip by catamaran from key west i visited the dry tortugas many times with friends and this time my husband and sister came with me.
The fort is amazing.