Composed of a cluster of islands situated off the coast of Key West, Florida, Dry Tortugas National Park is an isolated scenic natural paradise. Due to its remote nature, Dry Tortugas poses a variety of safety risks that are important to note before your visit.
Severe weather can occur during tropical storm season, so make sure to check the weather forecast before your visit. Temperatures at Dry Tortugas National Park can be very hot and humid, so it’s important to bring plenty of water with you to avoid dehydration. The sun can be intense, so wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
The coral reefs, fish, and marine life in the park are protected, so refrain from touching, feeding, or stepping on any of the wildlife at Dry Tortugas.
Keep a safe distance from sharks and jellyfish when in the park, as they could be dangerous when threatened.
There are no park services in this remote open wilderness area, so be prepared to take care of yourself in case of emergency. Bring everything you’ll need with you, and be prepared to brave the rough open seas to get to the park itself. Take motion sickness medication, food, water, sunscreen, and anything else you may need, as there are no stores, public phones, or restrooms in the park.
Practice safe behavior when snorkeling and stay within the recommended areas. There are no guards on duty in the area, so swim at your own risk. Make sure to bring emergency signals if you plan to kayak and have your own emergency plan in place before you leave.