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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Be a Grown-up in Key West


4. Insider’s Tip

Dry Tortugas National Park lies a short plane-ride away from Key West.  

Dry Tortugas National Park is a spectacular cluster of seven islands that sit 70 miles away from Key West, but the only practical way to get there is by booking a half-day flight with Key West Seaplane Adventures ($265 per person), the only charter plane company licensed to fly there. During the 40-minute flight, you’ll spot marine life, shipwrecks, and an active treasure site where half a billion dollars' worth of loot has been found. Once you arrive, you can tour Civil War–era Fort Jefferson and snorkel in the reef.

Published on Feb 16, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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