The Dry Tortugas are a small group of islands, located at the end of the Florida Keys, about 70 miles west of Key West.
These are pictures I borrowed from the internet. If you notice the moat area, that is a wonderful, safe and easy place to snorkel. When we were there we saw lots of beautiful fish, turtles and all sorts of marine life. The water was very clear, calm, and shallow.
Unlike the Florida Keys, you cannot drive there.
There are a several boats and seaplanes that will take you there, for the day or you can even tent camp there if you like. They have a water fountain, bathroom and showers. No electricity.
When we went there several years ago, we noticed the park was pretty run down and in much need of some repairs. It's truly a national treasure and should be maintained. They have rangers living there, for I believe 6 month tours. It's a very remote place, but very beautiful. Hummmm....I wonder if they could use work campers? The people living there were living inside the fort (with electricity, water, and sewer) and I even saw their pet cat looking out the window.
We camped overnight there somewhere around 2002. We were camping in Key Largo at Long Key State Park.
We decided to drive down to Key West and catch the ferry boat over to the Tortuga's. If you haven't driven the Overseas Highway , it's a beautiful drive.
We had a very nice time there, camped right on the beach and slept on the sand. It was hot though until the seabreeze came up. The next afternoon, the ferry came to pick us up. We should have stayed longer. It was an amazing place and we intend to go back again in the near future. The next time we will pay and have our kayaks brought with us. There are several other little islands near this one, but they are bird sanctuaries so you can't go there. We saw several yachts and even regular boats anchored there. It's really not that far from land, so a 25 foot boat could get there, provided it had enough fuel (or sail). I would have loved to have taken our boat there and stayed a week or so.
So any of you that will be in Florida for the winter, take a trip south to the Dry Tortugas!