Dry Tortugas National Park
A full day excursion, offered on our Florida Gulf Coast & Keys Cruise
Made up of a small archipelago of coral islands, the park was named by Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon in 1513 because of the large population of sea turtles (tortugas) living in the surrounding waters. The “Dry” was later added because of the scarcity of fresh water. Garden Key, the second largest of the islands, is home the 19th-century Fort Jefferson, once used as a prison during the Civil War. Explore this national historic landmark or enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful turquoise waters.