Insider: Dry Tortugas National Park (Mims)

    Insider: Why You Should Visit the Dry Tortugas

    By Kevin Mims

    Explore a 19th century fort and snorkel crystal-clear water amid incredible marine life. Almost 70 miles west of Key West lies remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square-mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands. 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 birds that frequent the area.