Dry Tortugas National Park, Home to The Best Florida Keys Beaches
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Dry Tortugas National Park, Home to The Best Florida Keys Beaches

Florida Keys beaches don’t do much for Caribbean boys like us. There are, however, a few notable exceptions. To experience the best of them, head directly to Garden Key – home to Fort Jefferson – in the Dry Tortugas National Park.

Each of the four beaches that encircle this tiny 14-acre islet are pretty nice. The sands that stretch eastward, creating a natural bridge to Bush Key, though, are my favorite

The beaches here reminded me of secluded shores I happened across on Green Turtle Cay and other parts of the Out Islands. Like those Bahamian beaches, the sands of Garden Key require a good bit of effort to enjoy. Garden Key sits 68 miles west of Key West. If you don’t have a boat, you’re likely not getting here without catching the two-hour ferry from Key West. Seaplane service is another option, albeit much pricier.

No matter how you get here, though, be ready for the type of secluded beach fun and adventuring that we enjoy the most. Pristine white sands, gin-clear seas, great snorkeling, and zero crowds. Yep, these Florida Keys beaches are tops for me.

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