Dry Tortugas National Park
Construction of Fort Jefferson was begun in 1846 but never completed. President Franklin Roosevelt declared it and the waters surrounding it a National Monument in 1935.
Flora and fauna
The Dry Tortugas exist in a subtropical climate. Temperatures range from the mid-50s to mid-80s. April and May are often idyllic. There are essentially two seasons: The winter season (December-March), which can be windy with rough seas, and the tropical storm season (June-November) during which Dry Tortugas experiences both hot, humid weather and calm seas or severe weather events. Due to the ever-changing weather patterns, an accurate weather forecast is recommended before your visit.
The park is open year round during daylight hours, and is only accessible by boat or seaplane.
A seven day pass is $5 for adults.
This is a cluster of 7 small islands. As such the only way to reach them (and travel between them) is by boat or seaplane.
There is no shopping on the island so you must pack in everything you need. There are grills in the camping area. Fishing here is great so bring a fishing pole.
There is no potable water in the park so pack in all that you will need.
There is nowhere to sleep except for camping. Sleeping on the beach or moat wall is very comfortable. Since there is no fresh water there are no bugs, including mosquitoes.
Limited camping is available. It is $15/site per night.
There is very little shade on the island so bring plenty of sunblock and clothing to cover. A wet suit is very helpful for snorkeling to prevent sunburn.