Travels: Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas Key West

A friend of mine insisted Mum and I go check out the Dry Tortugas while we were in Key West, and frankly, I wasn’t sure what to expect. An island 70 miles out at sea? A historic costal (unfinished) Civil War-era fort? The island itself is a national park, housing not only the fort but coral reefs that make for a great snorkeling spot. We took a two-hour long boat ride to the island and spent the day exploring; snorkeling; and sadly, getting sunburnt. It was worth it, though.

Dry Tortugas Key West lighthouse
Dry Tortugas Key West
dry tortugas key west
Cannons!

Dry Tortugas Key West
Dry Tortugas Key West
Dry Tortugas Key West
Dry Tortugas Key West

As fascinating as the fort was, the best part was hands-down the snorkeling! So many different types of coral and fish line the moat (there’s totally a moat – can we talk about that for a minute?) wall, and we could’ve easily spent hours just swimming its length to check out all of the colorful species. I’m pretty sure I bumped into a few fish who I just didn’t see swimming towards me, but multitasking isn’t my forte.
It’s funny how being in a crumbling fort in the middle of the ocean also makes you feel like a pirate.
Been snorkeling before? See anything cool!?