Halter Swimsuit $26.99 | Lace Cover Up (Similar Style) $10.98 | Sunglasses (Similar Style) $179.00
Fringe T Strap Sandals $35.35 | Convertible Travel Bag $19.95
As Josh and I planned for a long weekend getaway in Key West, Florida, we knew we had to add the Dry Tortugas National Park to our must-do list. There were a lot of questions that went into getting us ready for this park visit, and I wanted to share with you my answers and tips.
What to wear
1. Swim Suit, $27
This swimsuit allows for the attractiveness of a 2-piece while maintaining coverage. I love the lace detail along the plunging neckline, and it lays flat while wearing it. As I typically wear petite-sized apparel, I was nervous it would be too long in the torso, but I ordered the XS, and it fits me well.
2. Swimsuit Cover-Up, $11
The lace cover-up I'm wearing in the photos is no longer available where I got it, so I've included a similar option for purchase. The lace adds a feminine touch to a casual style making it more comfortable to stop in a restaurant after a long boat ride at the end of the day.
3. T-Strap Sandals, $36
Since we were going to a beach and there would be lots of walking, I opted for a sandal style with a strap at the back. The blush color allows for a bit of color while still giving a neutral vibe.
4. Sunglasses, $179
Whether you're sitting on the deck of the boat or walking around the park, you'll want a good pair of shades.
5. Sun Hat, $22
A cute beach hat helps with UV protection, but if you go to the top of the Battlements of Fort Jefferson, hold on to it because to say it's windy is an understatement.
Fun Fact: It rained a little when we were there, and we used the wind at the top of the fort to dry our clothes and towels.
Items to bring
6. Beach Tote, $29
This large beach tote is great for carrying all the beach necessities. The pink pom is detachable, and I love taking this on my beach trips.
7. Sunscreen, $9
You will be spending all day in the hot sun, bring lots of sunscreen to apply throughout the day!
8. Dramamine, $4
Having Dramamine comes in handy on the way there and back. They sell some on the boat, but avoid the line and bring your own.
9. Snorkel Set, $30
The Ferry we took had gear available, but we wanted to bring our own, another great way to avoid lines and be on your own time.
Fun Fact: While staying in the shallow to avoid the jellyfish, a 4 ft barracuda swam right next to me. As Josh continued to look for it again, I immediately stood up and got out of the water.
10. Beach Towel, $17
I have a slightly different print of this beach towel, and I love it. It's huge and perfect for laying in the sun or drying off.
How do I get to the Dry Tortugas National Park?
We took the Yankee Freedom III Dry Tortugas Ferry. The service from the crew was fantastic. They gave us history and information over the speaker, so the ride didn't feel so long getting there.
Fun Fact: We saw a few sea turtles on the way.
How much does it cost to go to the Dry Tortugas?
When we went, it was $180 per person. It included the boat ride to and from the Tortugas, a tour of Fort Jefferson, breakfast, lunch, snorkeling, swimming, and the park entrance fee.
Is Dry Tortugas worth the trip?
We thought the Dry Tortugas was worth the trip, and there were even guests that came back a second day in a row because they had such a good time.
How long is the boat ride from Key West to the Dry Tortugas?
It's a little over 2 hours each way.
Do you need a passport for Dry Tortugas?
When we went, all we needed was a photo ID.
What can you do in Dry Tortugas?
Tour the fort, swim, snorkel, sunbath, and walk the beach. If you plan for it 9-12 months in advance, you can camp, and if you have the proper license, you can fish there as well. If you're wanting to bird watch, be mindful when planning that nesting season is March-September. We went in October, and there weren't many birds.
Are there bathrooms on Dry Tortugas?
There are changing rooms, and the boat has restrooms for use. For campers, there are composting toilets made available at night.
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