Dry Tortugas National Park

If you’re looking for the best snorkeling in Key West, then look no further than Dry Tortugas National Park. Arguably one of Florida’s most beautiful hidden gems, you won’t a prettier destination for the best snorkeling in Florida!

Dry Tortugas National Park
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70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas is actually made up of seven islands and the historic Fort Jefferson. Here, nature, history, and relaxation meet to form something quite special.

Because the only way to get here is by ferry or chartered, you should plan your journey in advance. The Dry Tortugas Ferry is $190 per person. This includes park entrance as well as breakfast, lunch, and complimentary snorkeling equipment plus a tour of the Fort.

Because these are some of the most vibrant coral reefs in Florida, expect to see tropical fish, coral, starfish, and queen conchs. Also, keep your eyes open for sea turtles! Tortugas is Spanish for turtles, after all. This is truly home to some of the best snorkeling in the Florida Keys!

Don’t forget to look out for the Historic Coaling Pier Pilings, the Moat wall, and the Coral heads. Charter your own boat and you can also snorkel Little Africa Reef and the Windjammer Wreck.

We recommend visiting from April to November when the winds are less strong. The tides will be less turbulent as a result so you can have a relaxing time viewing the water’s treasures!