Gold Card Key West, a Florida discount travel card featuring vacation discounts for the best Key West tourist attractions, announces the addition of a popular Dry Tortugas National Park charter boat trip to its list of featured activities.
Online PR News – 25-January-2010 – – Key West, Fla. - Gold Card Key West, a Florida company specializing in negotiating steep travel discounts for Key West vacationers with local vendors, is announcing details about a new charter trip package that includes a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park on a comfortable catamaran and a free discount card for other Key West attractions.
Dry Tortugas, which is a group of small islands about 70 miles off the coast of Key West, is a popular destination for sport fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. It is also of historical interest, since Ponce de Leon from Spain landed on the islands in 1513, and the United States Army started, but never finished, building Fort Jefferson there in 1846.
Due to the popularity of the trip with tourists, Gold Card Key West has partnered with a local Dry Tortugas charter to offer a free discount card worth hundreds of dollars off Key West attractions to anyone who purchases tickets on the charter boat through Gold Card Key West.
Pat Cattern, a partner in the Gold Card Key West Discount program, says that the catamaran excursion to Dry Tortugas is a very memorable experience.
"All the customers say that the ride to and from Dry Tortugas is a lot of fun, since the 100 foot catamaran has a smooth ride, air conditioned cabin, a deck with both sun and shade, and a full galley. But once they get there, they are absolutely fascinated by the history and blown away by the undersea scenery and wildlife."
Cattern says that the trip includes snorkel gear for those who want to take a dip and explore the coral reefs with their colorful and exotic tropical fish. Visitors are also free to just relax on the beach and watch the sea turtles, the namesakes of the islands (tortugas means turtles in Spanish), which are often seen there.
But for home schoolers and history buffs, the trip also includes a 45 minute guided tour of the now-abandoned Fort Jefferson. Sean Farrer, also a partner in the Gold Card Key West Discount Program, says the tour explains the fascinating history of the fort, which was first conceived as a way for the American government to defend against the rapid growth of piracy in the Caribbean during the 19th century.
"The guided tour of Fort Jefferson explains how the fort was used for a prison at one point, and how accused conspirators in Lincoln's assassination came to be imprisoned there. In fact, a lot of visitors learn for the first time that several convicted conspirators were pardoned four years later."
Farrer and Cattern are sure the Dry Tortugas charter package will soon be one of the most popular in their Key West discount program.
"Visitors can save hundreds of dollars on their Key West vacation by booking this trip and getting our Gold Card Key West discount card for free," Farrer said. "There are steep discounts on hotels, sport fishing charters, restaurants, shops, jet skis, and a more."
For more information:
Gold Card Key West
908 Trinity Dr #2
Key West, Fl 33040