The Dry Tortugas Information Center will be offering interested Key West travelers the chance to experience a Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson camping trip during this holiday season
Online PR News – 08-October-2009 – – This Christmas and New Years, the Dry Tortugas Information Center will be offering guests the chance to experience the one-of-a-kind Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson camping experience during the hectic holiday season. Both Dry Tortugas ferries will be running straight through the holiday week including Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Years Day and New Year's Eve.
The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the busiest in Key West, with travelers from all over the world seeking the warm climate of the tropical island as a reprieve from the winter cold. Not many travelers, however, are aware of the opportunity to spend a few nights camping on the isolated islands of the Dry Tortugas, located 70 miles off the coast of Key West. Surrounded by nothing but the Gulf of Mexico, the Dry Tortugas are a collection of small islands that are part of the extensive Key West coral reef system.
Most Key West snorkeling trips head to a section of the coral reef, but out in the Dry Tortugas, guests are able to snorkel the coral reef just by swimming a few yards off the beach. Camp sites are located just beside the massive and historic fort, Fort Jefferson, that was built in the early 19th century and used as a military prison during the Civil War.
Camping on the Dry Tortugas is highly limited with each ferry only transporting six campers a day. Usually, camping spots are booked up several weeks in advance. Presently, the Dry Tortugas Information Center reports that they still have several spots open for the days during Christmas and New Years. They do advise, however, that people interested in planning a Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson camping trip do so within the next few weeks.
Guests who have gone on the camping trip during the holiday weeks have said it was a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays and to experience a tranquil few days with nature. "It's really one of the best times to be out in the Dry Tortugas," states Dry Tortugas Info office manager Eunice Gonzalez. "The weather is perfect, the water is still not that cold, and the wildlife is teeming as it is throughout the year."
Travelers interested in planning a Dry Tortugas day trip, camping trip, or Key West snorkeling adventure should go to DryTortugasInfo.com for further information or call the center directly at 877-243-2378. Reservation agents and Dry Tortugas specialists are on hand seven days a week to answer any questions visitors might have.