With the winter months coming to an end, the Dry Tortugas Information Center readies for its busiest time of the year, spring and summer in Key West
Online PR News – 04-March-2010 – – With the winter months coming to a close, everyone in Key West has something to be excited about. Winter 2010 has been one of the coldest in recent history, but even with the cooler temperatures, the Dry Tortugas Information Center continued running highly successful day trips out to the Dry Tortugas, a remote group of islands located 68 miles from Key West Florida where visitors can enjoy the excellent snorkeling and explore through the historic Fort Jefferson.
Spring in the Dry Tortugas not only marks the busy season for Key West, it also marks the start of bird watching season. Thousands of migratory birds make a stop on the islands on their way back north. The most notable species that stop in on the Dry Tortugas are the Sooty Terns, who use the island of Bush Key as their yearly nesting grounds. Some 100,000 Sooty Terns stop in at the Dry Tortugas each spring, remaining for up to two months. The birds and Bush Key can be seen from atop Fort Jefferson with a pair of binoculars.
Spring is the prime time to go for bird watching, and it is also an excellent time to enjoy the Key West snorkeling portion of the Dry Tortugas trips. While snorkeling in Key West and the Dry Tortugas is great year-round, spring marks the onset of warmer waters and the arrival of the several marine species that head south for the winter. The waters off the coast of the Dry Tortugas become even more populated in the spring.
The Dry Tortugas Information Center is the top information and reservations center for all kinds of Dry Tortugas excursions. The center offers Key West visitors two top-of-the-line ferries out to the islands that transport a maximum of 200 passengers daily. The Dry Tortugas day trips include breakfast, lunch, Key West snorkeling gear, and a 45-minute guided tour of the historic Fort Jefferson. The center also offers the opportunity for Dry Tortugas camping. For a maximum of three nights, adventurous guests can experience camping on a remote island in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico.
Spring is Key West's busiest time of the year, so the Dry Tortugas Information Center suggests booking a spot on the ferries well in advance. For more information, visit DryTortugasInfo.com or call the center directly at 1-877-243-2378.