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Discover Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida's hidden paradise
Posted on 01/09/2019

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Often referred to as one of the most overlooked National Parks in the United States, Dry Tortugas is home to a group of seven islands and is located approximately 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. Dry Tortugas is surrounded by crystal clear water and an amazing marine life, which makes it the ideal place to spend an unforgettable vacation! Keep reading to learn more about this American hidden gem.



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If you love crystal-clear water, idyllic beaches and beautiful palm trees, we found the perfect destination for you! Dry Tortugas gives visitors the unique opportunity to explore the amazing islands that compose the National Park. There are no less than 67,000 acres of beautiful coral reef, as well as a diverse marine life that can be explored by snorkeling in the area. Dry Tortuga National Park indeed offers some of the greatest snorkeling and diving in the United States!

Lucky visitors are given the chance to meet parrotfish, angelfish, moray eels and other tropical species of marine animals. We definitely recommend experiencing snorkeling at night, as you'll be able to see amazing and rare wild fauna, such as basket stars or octopuses. And if snorkeling isn't your thing, visitors are free to walk around and explore the island, or swim in its beautiful waters.

A visit to Fort Jefferson, one of the area's most famous attractions is a must-do. This stunning 19th century fortress is one of the largest in the United States and used to be a prison during the American Civil War! To explore this amazing historical location, you will have to head to Garden Key, the second largest island in Dry Tortuga.



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The Park also gives travelers the amazing opportunity to observe some of the 300 species of migrating birds that are present in the National Park. From hummingbirds and cuckoos to Palm warblers and geese, the islands offer a wide variety of amazing birds to observe and discover! Although spring is without a doubt the best season for bird-watching, any season will give visitors the opportunity to live an amazing experience at the Park's Birding spot.

If you're keen on living a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you should definitely try camping in the National Park. Those who want to have access to camping just have to pay a small fee and bring their own supplies, and it's definitely worth it! There's no better way to stargaze and observe the astounding night sky than by sleeping under a tent, while a warm tropical breeze and the sound of ocean waves lull you.

Dry Tortugas National Park offers amazing activities, and there are enough to please everyone! Whether you want to explore nature, learn more about the Park's History or simply relax on an idyllic beach and soak up the sun, you'll definitely spend a wonderful time there! The only options to make your way to Dry Tortugas National Park are by ferry boat or seaplane. A one-way boat ride to the island lasts about two hour and a half from Key West in Florida, and roundtrip prices vary from around £100 for children to £150 for adults.

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