- Seventy miles west of the 4-mile by 2-mile island of Key West, adrift in the languid waters of the Gulf of Mexico, lies pristine Dry Tortugas National Park. The remote park is the home of Fort Jefferson, a majestic Civil War–era fortification believed to be the largest brick structure in the Western Hemisphere.
The only relatively quick way to reach the unique park and fort is by seaplane in a 40-minute jaunt. Seaplanes of Key West carries passengers over the blue waters surrounding the Florida Keys for an intriguing half-day or full-day trip.
Seaplanes of Key West transports passengers in ta DHC-3 DeHavilland Turbine Otter Amphibian. Up to 10 passengers plus the pilot. All the pilots have high-time and Alaskan bush-flying experience.
As well as exploring Fort Jefferson and swimming and snorkeling in crystalline waters, passengers can enjoy low-altitude sightseeing and the chance to spot marine and bird life as they travel to and from the park.
The staff provides passengers with complimentary soft drinks and snorkeling equipment for use at the park. Of course, those who prefer to bring their own gear can do so.
Each passenger is advised to bring a towel, bathing suit, camera, sunscreen and dry clothes for the return flight. Eating before a half-day trip is suggested, and passengers are advised to bring box lunches on full-day trips.
All visitors to Key West should include a trip to the Tortugas in their itinerary.
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