How long does it take to get to the Dry Tortugas?
Getting to the Dry Tortugas on the ferry takes about 2.5 to 3 hours.
How can I get out to the Dry Tortugas?
Located about 70 miles off the shores of Key West, the Dry Tortugas are not easily accessible.
If I wanted to camp, how many nights could I stay?
The maximum number of nights allowed for camping on the Dry Tortugas is 3.
Should I make my reservations ahead of time?
Definitely, the Dry Tortugas are the most popular Key West destination. Especially on weekends, special events and holidays, both ferries do fill up completely.
If you are camping, you must absolutely make your reservations ahead of time. the Yankee Freedom II only transport six campers per day, so space for camping is highly limited
Is the park handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, the islands are not handicap/wheelchair accessible. The Yankee Freedom is handicap accessible from the ground level only.
Is fishing allowed on the Dry Tortugas?
Due to the fragile nature of the islands as well as their status as a preservation site, fishing is not allowed on the Dry Tortugas.
Can I go scuba diving in the Dry Tortugas?
The Yankee Freedom does not allow guests to bring scuba diving equipment.
Can I bring my kayak aboard the ferries?
Yes, the ferry allows a limited number of kayaks aboard at a fee of $50. Groups are allowed to bring one kayak if it measures more than 17 feet. If the kayaks are less than 17 feet, groups are allowed to bring two.