Dry Tortugas National Park: Escape to a Dream

    By Lauren Tjaden

    Located 70 miles west of Key West across open water, this most-remote national park is a true escape, accessible only by ferry or seaplane.

    But you won’t miss civilization. The Dry Tortugas are like something you’d conjure up in a dream.

    The park is dominated by Fort Jefferson, the largest brick building in the western hemisphere. Surrounded by impossibly crystalline, turquoise-hued waters, its beaches are lush with sugary sand that begs you to ditch your sandals.

    You can kick back on the beach, snorkel the living reef or explore. You can even camp there, with the music of the surf to lull you to sleep.

    When you go…

    By ferry:
    Yankee Freedom II
    100 Grinnell St., Key West, Fla., 33040

    By sea plane:
    Key West Seaplane Adventures
    3471 South Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, Fla., 33040

    snorkeling  at Dry Tortugas National Park

    Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park

    - Greg Johnston

    Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park

    Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the largest brick coastal forts ever built.

    - Greg Johnston

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