A kayak or paddle board can be a great way to explore the beauty of the Dry Tortugas. As you can paddle you can look down through clear water at the diverse marine life that makes the seagrass beds and coral reefs their home.
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Depending on your level of experience there are many trips that can be made in the park. From quick paddles near Garden Key to longer open water paddles.
Bush and Long Key are the closest to Garden Key and home to thousands of nesting birds in the spring. A trip around these two islands generally takes a few hours.
Loggerhead Key is 3 miles to the west of Garden Key and can take several hours to paddle round trip. Loggerhead is the largest island in the park and offers great snorkeling and nearby empty beaches. This trip involves crossing deep, open water with very strong currents.
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Last updated: September 2, 2016