About 70 miles from Key West, seven islands straddle the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean. Named the Dry Tortugas after the lack of freshwater and abundance of turtles, the islands offer tourists a rich history, striking views, and spectacular snorkeling. Visitors strapped on time can visit the island by private seaplanes, and now Key West Seaplane Adventures is expanding its fleet – meaning more choices for travelers. Soar from Key West past the Marquesa Keys and experience a water landing on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas.Flying over the Dry Tortugas — Photo courtesy of Key West Seaplane Adventures
As the only seaplane company permitted by The National Park Service to land in Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West Seaplanes often transports up to 60 passengers per day with no more than 10 per flight. There are four departure times available from 8:00am to 2:00pm, but those that opt for the earliest departure will have an opportunity to explore Garden Key before the ferry drops of a herd of tourists.
At just 500 feet, passengers can sightsee from the air because the seaplanes can bank and turn in order to catch a glimpse of sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, dolphins, and shipwrecks. Aircrafts are amphibious, allowing them to land on regular runways or the water, and private charters are also available to anywhere in South Florida.Seaplane on Garden Key — Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan