Set sail for the Dry Tortugas archipelago in the stunning Florida Keys
Surprisingly, the most isolated national park in the USA doesn’t have mountains, pine forests or bears. Think less tundra and more wide open waters, frigatebirds, dugongs and schools of colourful fish. Yep, we’re talking about the Dry Tortugas Islands, a constellation of islands just off Florida Keys in America’s south-eastern tip. Dive right into this special sailing adventure to one of America's least visited national parks – a place where you can feel marooned like Robinsion Crusoe in the Marquesas Islands, or step back to frontier times at the canon-loaded Fort Jefferson. Most importantly though, this is a cruise designed for relaxation – so pack a book, sun screen and get ready to bliss out Tortugas-style.
This brand-new trip ventures to one of the USA’s most remote and least-visited national park – a world away from the well-beaten tourist trails
Spot pelicans, boobies, terns and plenty more bird life off Garden Key
Pop on a snorkel and meet some of the Tortuga's colourful sea life, including the chance to spot sea turtles and dolphins
There’s flexibility and room for spontaneity. Join us in shaping this new and exciting adventure while it’s still in its experimental stages
As the majority of this trip takes place on a sailing boat, you’ll need to feel comfortable with moving about the vessel, including the use of stairs. With that said, sea legs come naturally to some but not so much for others. Your friendly crew will be able to help with the effects of sea sickness if needed.
A zodiac is used to transport passengers from the boat to the islands, with landings taking place at piers (dry landings) as well as on beaches (wet landings). Zodiacs can sometimes be awkward to climb in and out of, but a sense of humour and can-do attitude is all you need.
This is an adventure on board a real yacht, which means living spaces, cabins, bathrooms and showers need to be shared with other passengers. Sleeping quarters can be quite compact, but you will be spending the majority of your time above board in the open air.
Time on the water also means time in the sun. Remember to pack sun protection, such as sun screen and a hat, and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. See ‘Essential Trip Information’ below for a full packing list.
Please note that smooth sailing is dependent on the weather, so itinerary changes may occur at the last minute if the weather becomes unfavourable. If any changes are made, you can trust in your knowledgeable skipper to choose an alternative route or activity.
Due to the size of the yachts, sound carries easily from one side to the other and can wake your fellow travellers. If you’re planning to have a late night, it’s a good idea to head into town and experience the local night life.
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Please provide full passport details at time of booking including exact name as per passport, date of birth, nationality, issue and expiry dates as these are essential for booking services on this trip. If not available at time of booking, we must have these details a minimum of 12 days prior to departure. The passport details that we are advised, MUST be the passport that you will be travelling on.
Dietary requirements are required at the time of booking so that any included meals can be properly catered for.
You don't need to hold a recreational skippers ticket or any sailing experience at all to join this trip, however it is expected that you help keep the bathrooms, communal areas, the galley and your own room clean. You will also be asked to chip in at meal time, either helping out with food preparation, cooking, setting or clearing the table and washing up dishes. You are more than welcome to participate in the sailing as much as possible.
The beauty of sailing is that each day is unique and, while we have a destination to reach, if the weather changes or something takes the group’s fancy, we have the flexibility to adjust the day's itinerary.
Our Key West & Dry Tortugas Sailing Adventure trips score an average of 4.44 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.
Good snorkeling, beautiful serene setting, nice weather and great swimming. Fort Jefferson was very cool. Saw dolphins and turtles next to the boat. Seemed like the right amount of days. Relaxing trip!
Review submitted 09 May 2017
A good introduction to sailing and a fascinating destination to explore
Review submitted 09 May 2017