June 11-17, 2017 June 11, Dry Tortugas to Marquesa Keys - a bumpy ride + a stow away! It was finally time to leave the Dry Tortugas and our plan was to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor for the night before heading into Key West. The weather forecast called for 2-4ft seas which may not sound … [Read more...]
The Dry Tortugas National park is a small group of islands located 70 miles west of Key West Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to a history of sea turtles, sunken wrecks and one of the largest coastal brick fortresses, Fort Jefferson. It is an amazing cruising getaway to unspoiled reefs, shallow water wrecks and fantastic star gazing. It's no wonder that it is Blue Turtle crew's favorite place to cruise in Florida. Below, you will find blog posts about our experiences cruising to the Dry Tortugas.
Blue Turtle crew was invited to present a seminar on Cruising to the Dry Tortugas at TrawlerFest and Yachts Miami Beach boat shows in 2017.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 8-10, 2017 Thursday - Weather forecast is looking better After 4 days of cloudy skies, high winds, and rough seas, we finally had a decent day forecasted. Although Thursday morning called for SW winds near 20 knots and seas at 5-7ft it was to calm down … [Read more...]
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6-7, 2017While our hometown of Fort Myers was getting hammered with unusually large amounts of rain, we too were facing the same conditions in the Dry Tortugas. Since there is no wifi or cell service in the Dry Tortugas, it's difficult to predict the weather. To get … [Read more...]
Monday, June 5, 2017Sukha and crew departed on Monday morning to head back to Key West, while our weather forecast continued to look grim. It was a cloudy, gloomy morning with SSE winds at 15kt and 2ft seas. We decided that this would be the best day to try to get in some diving since the … [Read more...]
Sunday, June 4, 2017On our second day in the Dry Tortugas, the weather still wasn't cooperating with high winds and seas that makes for poor diving conditions. With the winds coming out of the southeast, we decided to try snorkeling Little Africa since it is on the northwest side of Loggerhead … [Read more...]
Friday - Saturday, June 2-3, 2017Once we got our generator fixed, we were ready for the Dry Tortugas. We had been watching the weather and it was forecasted to be a bit on the lumpy side (15-20mph winds and 3' to 5' seas) for our departure so we decided to head to the Marquesa Keys to anchor … [Read more...]
The last couple of weeks have been busy on Blue Turtle. We've been gearing up for our annual trip down to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. This year will make our 4th year heading south to our favorite cruising destination. We've been working diligently to get Blue Turtle ready and stocked up … [Read more...]
This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure for more info.We've been asked if our TrawlerFest presentation, Cruising to the Dry Tortugas, will be posted on our blog and so I thought I would share it with you along with the map handout and some resources we shared. Below is … [Read more...]
As we announced back in January, we were invited to give a seminar at TrawlerFest in Stuart, FL on "Cruising to the Dry Tortugas". Two weeks ago, we gave the same seminar at the Yachts Miami Beach show as part of Passagemaker Magazine's CruiserPort free educational boat seminars. While the Miami … [Read more...]
This weekend we visited Miami to give our very first seminar as part of PassageMaker Magazine's CruiserPort at the Yachts Miami Beach show. CruiserPort offers free boat education seminars and Randy, Corey and I were invited to speak about our experience cruising to the Dry Tortugas. Before our … [Read more...]