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Homestead, United States

History on land, colorful world under the sea

Preservation is key on the seven islands comprising Dry Tortugas National Park in the Gulf of Mexico. In and around park waters, visitors can see nesting seabirds, five species of turtles, nurse sharks and an occasional crocodile. Fish (some of them on the endangered species list) dart in and out of coral reef formations. Learn about habitats on a ranger-led ecological tour. For an immersive experience, plan ahead and reserve one of the few primitive campsites, then enjoy island serenity under a star-filled sky unspoiled by light pollution.

n the stunning cerulean blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most remote National Parks in the USA. The park sits 113 kilometers off the coast of Key West, Florida and is only accessible by ferry, boat or seaplane. But the park’s stunning ruins and colorful coral reefs will make the trek worthwhile.

This 259-square-kilometer park is anchored by the 19th century Fort Jefferson and the picturesque Garden Key Lighthouse, both of which played an important role in the Florida Keys maritime past. You are welcome to explore what remains of the fort; its historic brick moat wall offers spectacular views of the calm water. Dry Tortugas is also home to 30 species of coral, an abundance of brightly colored fishes and marine animals that frequent the turquoise sea. Don a snorkel mask and explore the shallow waters, where colorful fish and coral reefs frame the amazing Windjammer shipwreck near Loggerhead Key.

Credit: Visit The USA

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