Dry Tortugas National Park

Part of being able to maximize your charter income, is understanding where to find the most interesting (and profitable!) charter destinations. From South Florida, The Dry Tortugas are a popular island getaway that is easily accessible for short term charter voyages.

Technically part of the Florida Keys, the Dry Tortugas are accessible only by boat or seaplane. It is the end of the Florida Keys Reef system, which is the 3rd largest natural reef in the world. Located just 70 miles west of Key West, any yacht cruise to the Florida Keys should include a stopover to the Dry Tortugas. Dry Tortugas National Park is in the Gulf of Mexico. It comprises 7 small islands, or “islets,” plus protected coral reefs. Garden Key is home to beaches and the 19th-century Fort Jefferson. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and is known for snorkeling and diving among sea turtles. On nearby Loggerhead Reef, the Windjammer Wreck, the remains of an 1875 ship, is another popular dive site. Bush Key is a nesting site for seabirds like sooty terns.

Details for Yacht Charter to the Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas National Park is a remote destination; no food, water, or fuel is available in the park. So proper planning is a must! You must bring all provisions you will need for your entire journey to the park, at the park, and back to home from the park. As the weather can change very suddenly, especially during Hurricane season, it is always best to take some extra food and clothing along, in case you need to stay a little longer than you expected.

In order to reach Dry Tortugas National Park, you will have to travel across open-ocean, and you will need NOAA nautical charts 11438 and 11434 to safely navigate to and from the park. Overnight anchoring is only allowed in Sandy Bottom within 1 nautical mile of the Garden Key lighthouse.

Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas

What to Do and See

Do not expect the bars and night life of Key West when landing on any of the Islands of the Tortugas. This is the place to commune with nature, and as the saying goes, “get away from it all.” Just how remote are these Islands? Well, the infamous Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned here after setting the broken leg of President Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, because it was said that “no matter how loudly he screamed, his voice would echo across the Gulf of Mexico until the sound waves dissipated into the ether.”

Dry Tortugas National Park is a feast for the senses above and below the water! You can take in dramatic landscapes and enjoy the history of Fort Jefferson, or explore underwater experiences to rival any in the Keys or Caribbean, including beautiful reefs, marine life and shipwrecks.

diving tortugas

Garden Key, where Fort Jefferson is located, is just one of seven islets in the Dry Tortugas. The others are Loggerhead Key, Bush Key, Long Key, Hospital Key, Middle Key and East Key.

Loggerhead Key, the largest island in the Dry Tortugas, is a site of shipwrecks, a historic lighthouse installation, and where the historic Carnegie Laboratory for Marine Ecology once stood. Named for its abundance of loggerhead sea turtles, Loggerhead Key has long been a haven for wildlife.

Opportunities for snorkeling, hiking, birding, and kayaking abound throughout all 7 islets.

Loggerhead Key

If you would like more information about making your boat available for a charters to the Dry Tortugas, contact our On Demand charter specialists.


Operating a motor yacht can be costly. Putting your boat in Charter can earn income, and defray some of the costs of ownership. On Demand Yachting from FYM can show you how. If you would like to learn more, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Yacht Management specialists, or call us at (954) 900-9968.