During my trip to the Florida keys to cross of a few items on my dive quest, I got the opportunity to visit the Dry Tortuga National Park, which I had not heard of before then. It’s an island far off the coast of Key West that was built into a fort and prison, and famously housed Dr. Samuel Mudd after the Lincoln assassination. It is one of the least accessible and least visited national parks in America, but in my opinion one of the most beautiful. I had the good fortune to take a sea plane to the island, instead of the ferry, which was awesome because the views from the air were beautiful, and 3/4 the fun. I would definitely recommend taking the seaplane. Its more of a tour then just a ride to the island, as the pilot can fly low, point out cool little islands and wrecks, and you can even see sharks and turtles. In total I counted about 28 turtles from the air and 1 shark that day. The views alone would have been worth the trip, even if I hadn’t got to go hang out on a deserted and pristine beach and in the nice cool water. Here are some of those great scenes I saw, both from the air and on the island. The next time you are in the Florida Keys, you have to check t out yourself!