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The area is known for its famous bird and marine life and its legends of pirates and sunken gold. Almost 70 miles 113 km west of key west lies the remote dry tortugas national park.

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This 100 square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.

Tortuga island key west. Approximately 70 miles west of key west lies beautiful dry tortugas national park and ft. Along with the surrounding shoals and waters they make up dry tortugas national park. Explore fort jefferson once used as a prison during the civil war.

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 112 9 km west of key west lay a cluster of seven islands composed of coral reefs and sand called the dry tortugas. This remote part of the florida keys is accessible only by private vessel high speed ferry or seaplane.

Visitors are drawn to this spot by its fascinating history as well as its gorgeous beaches. Explore uncharted territory on tortuga island cruise in style aboard a high speed ferry to a beautiful destination just 70 miles from key west. Whether swimming sun bathing or just plain strolling you will enjoy the crystal blue waters swaying palm trees and soft powdery sand of this island paradise.

No key west beach trip is complete without visiting the best beach in the florida keys. Step onto the soft sands of the dry tortugas island chain and feel like robinson caruso as you explore this uninhabited paradise. It is absolutely stunning and it s amazing to think of the challenges faced when building a fort of that size in the middle of the gulf.

Dry tortugas national park day trip by catamaran from key west we thoroughly enjoyed the ride out and the history of the fort. Fort jefferson dry tortugas national park located just 70 miles west of key west.