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"Go to Fort Jefferson (Dry Tortugas)" Day Trip - Dry Tortugas Tip by GUYON

Day Trip - Dry Tortugas, Key West: 14 reviews and 34 photos

  Fort Jefferson

When Ponce de Leon discovered the islands, he called them Tortugas because there were a lot of Turtles. Somebody else added "Dry" to say there is no fresh water there.
Between the War against Mexico and the Civil War, USA decided to set up a Fort to protect the entry of Mexico Gulf. During the Civil War the fort was occupied by Union troops and used to harbor the boats dedicated to the hunt against the blocus breakers (like Red Butler of "Gone With the Wind").
The fort served as a prison too. The most famous guest was Doctor Mudd, imprisoned to have cure the broken leg of Booth, the actor who murdered the President Lincoln.

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Address: Dry Tortugas
Directions: At 70 miles West from Key West.
By plane : 30 mn with 2 hours stay (179$ without tax)
By boat : 2H30 with 4 hours stay (99 & 119$)
Ticket to enter the fort : 5$

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 17, 2003
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