Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park

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  • Key West

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  • Nature Escapes

  • Beaches

  • Florida

  • National Park

  • Island

  • Bucket List-Worthy

Lighthouse at Dry Tortugas National Park.
Fora’s Take

Dry Tortugas National Park is the most remote Park in the US Park System. It is a spectacular National Park to check off your bucket list. Stay in Key West, enjoy the laid back island life, indulge in ocean-themed culinary masterpieces and visit one of the most gorgeous historic forts on an island paradise that so few have been able to experience.

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Where to stay

Kimpton Lighthouse Hotel

A vibrant boutique gem offering personalized service, chic decor, and an intimate atmosphere in the heart of Key West.

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Hyatt Centric Key West Resort & Spa

Overlooking the Gulf in Key West, this upscale resort features chic rooms, beach access, a heated outdoor pool and an onsite spa.

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Oceans Edge Resort & Marina Key West

Your waterfront oasis, offering luxurious suites and amenities, amidst the enchanting beauty of Florida's southernmost point.

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Day 1: Drive Through the Florida Keys

This wagon can be found at B.O.'s Fish Wagon, a seafood restaurant in Key West.

Drive along Highway 1 through the Florida Keys, over a 7-mile bridge to arrive in the world-famous Key West. Once checked into the hotel, pick up tickets to the Hemmingway house on the way to dinner at Blue Heaven before walking along the boardwalk and visiting the USCGC Ingham. One of the few remaining WWII vessels with a confirmed U-Boat sinking.

Day 2: Arrive at Garden Key

Sea plane is one of the transportation going to Dry Tortugas National Park.

The choice is yours. Take either the Ferry or a Sea Plane to the amazing Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort Jefferson. The remote Garden Key is 70 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and is home to a 19th century fort and a protected wild life reserve. Take a tour of the fort, snorkel in cerulian blue waters and walk around the mote. Camper's stay on the island over night to view a night sky like nothing else.

Day 3: On the Water

Window view of Dry Tortugas National Park.

Begin the day with a fishing trip, chartering a sport fishing boat to spend a great day out on the water reeling in catches like sailfish, marlin and mahi-mahi. Then see one of the best sunsets riding jet skis into the bay.

Day 4: Kayak at Sunrise and/or Sunset

Eco-kayaking in the mangroves is one of the attractions in Key West.

The great thing about the Keys is you get a sunrise and a sunset over the ocean. Get an early start with an eco-kayaking tour through the mangroves as the sky above turns into a brilliant display of orange and pink before checking out and heading back to Miami.

Day 5: The Everglades

Trail at the Everglades National Park, a sprawling subtropical wilderness in Florida.

With a late evening flight out of Miami, the day can be spent exploring Everglades National Park. Visit the visitors center to see alligators, great barons and snapping turtles. Take a boat tour through the Ten Thousand Islands region and speed through the channels on an air boat.

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There are so many great tours and activities all throughout the Florida Keys. Extended trips can be just as fulfilling and exciting, or spread out to provide more time to simply sit and relax, enjoying a cocktail with a view.

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