Dry Tortugas National Park is ~68 miles west of Key West in the Gulf of Mexico. The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. Charter boats take you to the park and supply you with snorkeling gear, lunch, and rum punch on the journey home.
Fort Jefferson is a massive, unfinished coastal fortress where work began in 1847. It is composed of over 16 million bricks, all of which were transported aboard sailing ships. We spent a wonderful day there exploring its history and swimming with the Key’s aquatic life.