Dry Tortugas Charters
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Head 70 miles west of key west (112 km west of key west) and you’ll reach a remarkable group of islands called the Dry Tortugas. Remote and isolated, the islands are almost entirely undeveloped by man and a haven for wildlife. Whether you take our day trip or stay overnight you’ll find our Dry Tortugas charters are second to none.
There are just a few ways to get to the Dry Tortugas by sea, and only Key West Charter Boat can book you on them all: public ferry, private sailing catamarans, and high-speed ocean-going powerboats.
Call us or fill out a quote form for information on Dry Tortugas charters. Or book online now. Tickets for the ferry Yankee Freedom III are a click away.
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Americas Oceanic National Park
Rising out of deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dry Tortugas are a migration waypoint and breeding ground for hundreds of thousands of birds. Birding enthusiasts will definitely want to bring binoculars for spotting sooty terns, masked booby, and the magnificent frigate bird, to name a few. And anglers will want to bring their rods and reels. The fish population here is also impressive, with over a dozen species to catch, including blackfin tuna, grouper, wahoo, mahi-mahi and sailfish.
Designated a national park in 1935, the seven islands that make up the Dry Tortugas are a protected area for marine life and habitats. That designation has ensured the islands remain the way Mother Nature intended. It also makes them a snorkeler’s paradise. Visitors from the world over journey here to explore the amazing ecosystem of coral reefs, mangrove islands, and calcified outcroppings.
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Dry Tortugas Charters supply you with mask, snorkel, and fins, you’ll enter a beautiful underwater world—a unique ecosystem of aquatic plants and the marine creatures that depend on them. Schools of brightly colored tropical fish, sea turtles, rays, starfish, and conch cohabitate in perfect harmony. In order to maintain nature’s fragile balance, snorkelers are not allowed to touch the living coral. Please leave the reefs in the same beautiful condition in which you found them.
Like many places in the Florida Keys, snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas can be enjoyed by experts and novices alike. The shallow waters (5 to 15 feet) are easily accessible straight from the beach. Even if you’ve never snorkeled before, you’ll get right in the swim of things very quickly. So have fun. And please remember to use reef-friendly sunscreen.
The Dry Tortugas National Park was absoulutley stunning. We took a private charter and spent the day exporing these beautiful islands.
A Step Back In Time
You won’t be the first person enchanted by these picturesque islands. In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon stopped here during his search for the legendary Fountain of Youth. Setting foot on the soft, powdery beaches, Ponce de Leon claimed the islands in the name of Spain. But what to call them? The answer didn’t take long. So taken by the abundance of sea turtles living here, the explorer named the islands Las Tortugas, The Turtles. (“Dry” was added later when it was discovered the islands had no fresh-water springs).
No visit to the Dry Tortugas would be complete without exploring, snorkeling or scuba diving Fort Jefferson. Built by the US Army Corp of Engineers in the 1850s, the historic fort is a massive installation sprawled over most of Garden Key. Used by the Union army during the civil war, Fort Jefferson acted as both a coastal defense fortification and a prison.
Among those imprisoned here was dr Samuel Mudd, the physician who treated Abraham Lincoln’s assassin John Wilkes Booth as he fled south from Washington D.C. Fort Jefferson was never finished and eventually abandoned as a working fort. Fortunately, it is a working museum. Reservations for private guided tours can be made in advance of your trip by Key West Charter Boat.
Private Charters To Loggerhead Key
Three miles west of Fort Jefferson you’ll find Loggerhead Key, home of the Dry Tortugas lighthouse. Also known as Loggerhead lighthouse, the 157-foot tall structure first entered service in 1858, and was only recently removed from operation in 2015. Once the most powerful lighthouse in the United States, Dry Tortugas light has been said to be “a greater distance from the mainland than any other light in the world.”
When approaching the Dry Tortugas, the lighthouse can be spotted jutting into the sky like a giant pencil, providing a clear navigation point for captains to follow. Private vessels are required to check-in and file a boat permit on Garden Key before visiting Loggerhead Key.
Dry Tortugas Fishing
Fishing charters to the Dry Tortugas frequently combine the sport of angling with the luxury of yachting. Many sportfishing boats are as well-appointed as large power yachts, with air-conditioned salons, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, and fully-stocked fridges and bars. So they’re well suited for the non-anglers in your party.
The fishermen among you will find the 70-mile trip an excellent trolling opportunity. It’s not uncommon for the fighting chair to be occupied for the lion’s share of the journey west. Once you reach the Dry Tortugas, drop anchor and everyone jumps in. There will be plenty of time for more world-class fishing on the ride back to Key West.
Ferry service from key west Florida to the Dry Tortugas on Yankee freedom iii leaves daily from the town dock and takes about 2 1/2 hours. Dry Tortugas National Park prices are available by booking online.
Dry Tortugas Transportaion Info
Other questions regarding ferry travel can be answered through our live chat feature or by calling Key West Charter Boat. Just mention Dry Tortugas National Park / Dry Tortugas ferry prices. We’ll check schedules, availability, and costs.
Your round-trip ferry visit will be a full-day event, so remember to pack accordingly: sunscreen, bathing suit, sun hat, etc. With advance reservations, you also have the opportunity to spend the night camping on the islands. With our Dry Tortugas charters, your options are vast.
Dry Tortugas Charter Options
A special permit is required by the department of the interior and available through the National Park Service. Key West Charter Boat can make camping arrangements for you but you must plan ahead. Space is limited and slots sell out 9-12 months in advance.
The ferry is big, comfortable and relatively fast. But if you want to get there even faster, charter one of Key West’s high-speed private boats. With the right sea conditions, private charters can take you from Key West ferry terminal to Fort Jefferson in as little as 90 minutes.
Dry Tortugas Catamarans & Yachts
Traveling to the Dry Tortugas by sailing catamaran is an experience in itself. With the wind as your engine, the big cats are a surprising combination of speed, space, and comfort. Holding 30 people or more, catamarans are perfect for big private groups and corporate outings.
Custom catering is available, including food, wine, beer and soft drinks. Snorkeling gear can be provided as well. Private charter a cat and a trip to the Dry Tortugas becomes an ocean-going party.
No matter how you get to the Dry Tortugas, you’ll find these isolated islands, unlike any place you’ve ever been before. The combination of turquoise water, pure white sand, extraordinary wildlife, and no high-rise hotels is unique and special. Call Key West Charter Boat or fill out a quote form to learn more. Or book a trip immediately online.
I brought all 40 of my family to the Dry Tortugas via this amazing companies ferry. The trip was comfortable and the food delicious. Did I mention that Fort Jefferson was stunning. Five stars all the way!
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