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PO Box 6208, Key West, FL | Directions 3304124.556164 -81.804722
Awesome trip via Yankee Freedom II – The trip to the Dry Tortugas was the highlight of my vacation. Crystal blue waters, white beaches, access to living coral and extraordinary sealife. During my snorkel adventrure, I saw many species of fish, an eagle ray, beautiful coral, dolphins and even a baracuda and shark- not to worry. Both were harmless. This was the first time I was snorkeling, and I can't imaging it being better. The Yankee Freedom II staff was extraordinary was well. Definate must! (remeber- no running water on island).
Awesome views - seaplane is way to go – In-laws live in the keys. Have been many times but first time to Dry Tortugas. We are going back and staying the whole day. The seaplane is the way to go. If you take the first plane you are the only ones there and there is tons to do. Bird watching, touring the fort, walking the grounds and snorkling. Wish we had our own boat and could scuba dive the area must be beautiful diving. If you can't do the plane take a boat but go because it is something to see. Clean, natural and quiet.
For raptures of the deep (and not so deep), make the trip to this watery national park. – Overview
First named Las Tortugas ("The Turtles") by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, the collection of seven coral reefs and shoals was soon renamed Dry Tortugas by mariners, noting its lack of fresh water. There's plenty of salt water, though. Ninety-nine percent of the park's 65,000 acres is open water or submerged island. Most of the park is open year-round for day use only and can be accessed by boat or seaplane.
The park's miles of fragile coral reefs are home to an amazing variety of tropical fish and other marine life. Diving, snorkeling and underwater photography are among the chief activities. You can also fish, swim, hike, bird-watch and take ranger-guided tours. Camping is allowed on Garden Key, though the lack of amenities (like fresh water) may discourage all but hard-core outdoorsy types.
Best fishing spot in the world – It seems that my secret fishing spot will now be known to the rest of the world. Took the three day fishing charter out of Key West. This trip is for serious fisherman only, we caught fish 24 hours a day. We caught every type of fish imagineable, from snapper to tuna. Completely filled a thirty gallon ice chest with fish filets, this fishing trip was the most memorable experience of my lifetime. I guess the secret is out.
Take a sea plane – I took the sea plane from Key West airport to the Dry Tortugas. The view of marine life and ship wrecks was awesome. The park has reefs a few yards from the beach that are great for snorkeling. The fort is an interesting Civil War relic that is work the trip alond. I highly recommend a trip to the Dry Tortugas National Park.
Great trip! – We took the catamaran "Yankee Freedom II" out of Key West for about a 2 hour trip to the Dry Tortugas. Enjoyed the trip, the par and reef was gorgeous and Fort Jefferson was something. Recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, gorgeous waters and sealife. I would also recommend the Yankee Freedom II for the smooth trip and great staff.
beautiful – Beautiful place to go. Warm weather, visit anytime u want a vacation..
NEAT PLACE – This is a very historical place. It is neat you take about a 2 hour boat ride out there and spend the afternoon looking around, sunbathing, snorkling. It is a pretty place.
10 – Best thing that we did in Key West. The Dry Tortugas was simply... beautiful. The Yankee Freedom was the better of the two boats.
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