"Ft. Jefferson on Garden Key" Top 5 Page for this destination Dry Tortugas National Park by grandmaR
Dry Tortugas National Park Travel Guide: 65 reviews and 282 photos
In January 2001, after three weeks in Key West, we decided to sail down to the Dry Tortugas. It took us two days to get there (we anchored for the night off the Marquesas) and we stayed for several days. We had a marvelous sail back.
We didn't get down to the Dry Tortugas after that, although we came down to the Keys twice more. So, since I wanted to get photos of the Loggerhead Key lighthouse, I took the seaplane down in 2005. Due to a mechanical fault in the plane, I had to come back on one of the ferries.
Ft. Jefferson is where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned after he made the mistake of setting the broken leg of John Wilkes Booth.
There are NO services down there - no fresh water, no food and no fuel. The National Park Service employees that are stationed there are housed inside the fort and have to order everything from the states. It comes in on a boat once a week. No running to the store for them.
- Pros:Beautiful and isolated
- Cons:No services - no food, water or fuel sold
- In a nutshell:National Monument
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