How to Get to Dry Tortugas National Park

There’s no place on earth quite like the Dry Tortugas National Park. Located 70 nautical miles away from Key West, these seven remote islands converge in the Gulf of Mexico’s glittering waters.

These isles are home to the only barrier reef in North America, the Great Florida Barrier Reef.  Amazingly, about 99% of this natural treasure is open water, making it a haven for wildlife.

Today, this archipelago is deemed as one of the most captivating and extraordinary destinations in Florida. This is due to both its remoteness and stunning views.

How to Get to from Key West to Dry Tortugas NP Getting from Key West to Dry Tortugas can be a little tricky, with its limited options for transportation and extremely remote location.

So, we’re going to detail each option to help you pick the best mode of transport for your visit.

Ferry to Dry Tortugas The journey takes 2.5 hours and is a magical experience over crystal clear, turquoise waters.

Seaplane to Dry Tortugas From Key West Airport, you can reach the national park via seaplane. For the most part, the flight to the park takes 30 to 40 minutes.

By Private Boat Private boats are permitted in the national park, as long as you dock your boat during the daylight hours.

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