Things to Know Before You Come

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Aerial View of Fort Jefferson on Garden Key and Bush Key

National Park Service

Before you make the trip to Dry Tortugas National Park , there are a few things you should be aware of.

Visiting this remote park takes planning to make the most of your visit. Most travel to the park by boat or seaplane that departs daily from Key West. Some take charters or private boats to get to the islands located approximately 70 miles west of Key West.

There are no services available in the Dry Tortugas. Visitors must plan to bring everything they need for their trip with them. All garbage and waste must be packed out with you when you depart.

All visitors should carefully monitor the weather before traveling to the park. This is especially important for those making the voyage on their own vessel.

Please become familiar with the topics listed above so you can make the most of this wonderful place.

Last updated: April 11, 2016

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