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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida


Dry Tortugas is one of the smallest, one of the most remote, and one of the least visited national parks in the United States. Comprising seven small islands with coral reefs and other undersea attractions, this is an outdoor lover's paradise. The park comprises a cluster of seven islands, almost 70 miles west of Key West. Of the 100 square miles which makes up the park, less than a single square mile is believed to be above water.

Untainted natural areas include the Florida Reef, a band of living coral just a few miles off the coast. Much closer to Cuba than to mainland Florida, this region often seems rather tenuously bound to the rest if the US. Even so, the sense of isolation is best appreciated by walking through the gorgeous, lushly vegetated trails.

The Florida Keys visitor center provides information on local accommodation, diving and other attractions. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful lagoons with their natural beach and pristine, clear ocean waters, which can be enjoyed on a leisurely kayak ride. You can almost feel urban stresses and strains slip away as you take in the deep blue sea and waving palms.

The climate in the Tortugas is ideal for visiting year round. Warm sunshine and blue skies are almost always a fact of life here. During the Florida summer, the crowds arrive, and the days tend to get hot and sticky. Also, there is a potentially ominous time of the year, from June to November - the hurricane season.

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