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Explore a 19th Century Fort and snorkel crystal clear water with incredible marine life

Almost 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West lies the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park is mostly open water with seven small islands.  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 frequent the area.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, you’ll agree that some of the best snorkeling in North America is found on the coral islands some 70 miles west of Key West.

 

 

 

 

 

Under the massive ramparts of Fort Jefferson and lying on a carpet of brilliant white sand is a myriad of colorful tropical fish and living coral.

The shallow waters make this area perfect for first time snorkelers. You’ll see lots of colorful corals, several varieties of tropical fish, starfish, queen conchs and much more in this protected marine sanctuary. A great addition to your snorkel experience is a side trip to the Windjammer wreck. This 261-foot Schooner wreck, located just off Loggerhead Key, is divided into two main wreckage fields. The bow portion lies in an east-west direction and is approximately 110 feet in length. The midships, stern and main mast structure lies in a north-south direction and is roughly 110 feet in length. And it is home to thousands of tropical fish and spiny lobster.

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