Trailer Camping Near the Dry Tortugas National Park

December 16, 2011
Filed under National Parks

For trailer campers looking for white sand and azure water, the Dry Tortugas National Park is a must-see destination.

The Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Florida Keys. It’s surrounded by shipwrecks and legends of pirates and treasure, and teeming with reef-dwelling sea life. Actively used as a military outpost from the 1860s to the 1930s, Dry Tortugas National Park has a rich military history. Designated a national park in 1935 by President Roosevelt, it entertains more than 80,000 visitors a year. Accessible only by seaplane or boat, it is a remote and unique park.

Due to the location of the park, the season greatly affect the area. The summer months are especially hot and humid, and quite buggy. The sea gets rough in fall and through winter, making water activities and wildlife viewing more difficult. Travelers should be prepared, the weather is typically humid, but all the more reason to get in the water.

Visitors have a slew of ocean-faring activities to choose from: boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and kayaking. Kayaking is an ideal way to zip around the many small islands that make up the park and see as much wildlife as possible. There is also guided fishing, snorkeling and scuba tours.

The park is open throughout the year, but Fort Jefferson closes at dusk. The Bush Keys are also closed through September in an effort to protect nesting Noddy and Scooty Terns. Visitors should make sure they have everything they need before embarking from the mainland, to keep the park rustic, there are no convenience stores.

To find a Florida campground nearby, visit Florida Campgrounds

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