Days "Fast Cat II"
We get you there faster than any other
Sailing in Key West and the Florida Keys
Launched in May 1999, the "Fast
Cat II" is a high speed power catamaran. The cool air conditioned
cabin provides comfortable indoor seating. A rear sundeck is available for
outdoor seating. The innovative wave piercing design means a smoother,
more pleasant ride. Dramatically fewer people experience motion sickness
on catamarans. The "Fast Cat II" is a one-of-a-kind design. Come
The Dry Tortugas National Park is
located 70 miles west of Key West. It consists of seven tiny islands and
the surrounding waters. When Ponce De Leon originally discovered these
islands he named them “Las Tortugas” (meaning “the turtles” in
Spanish) because of the abundance of sea turtles. Even though hunting
drastically reduced their numbers, many varieties of the species are still
present in the area.
Located on one of
those islands, Garden
is historic Fort Jefferson. Built in the mid-1800’s, with over 16
million bricks, this is America’s largest coastal fort. Originally
constructed to protect the important Gulf of Mexico shipping lanes, Fort
Jefferson was used as a military prison during the Civil War. During this
time, it was “home” to Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted of
complicity in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
John James Audubon first visited
Tortugas in 1832. The area was made a marine sanctuary in 1908. Every
year, between March and September, some 100,000 sooty terns gather on Bush
Key for their nesting season. Throughout the year magnificent frigate
birds, brown pelicans, double-crested cormorants, and many varieties of
land and water birds can be spotted.
Directly accessible from the beaches are the Fort Jefferson snorkeling
areas. The shallow waters (5-15 feet) make this area perfect for beginners
and experts. You will see colorful corals, many varieties of tropical
fish, starfish, queen conchs, and much more in this protected marine
Take our side trip to Windjammer
Wreck. Don't miss your opportunity to snorkel this 200 foot Schooner
wreck, located just off Loggerhead Key. Thousands of tropical fish, large
lobster and sometimes even a giant Jewfish await you.
Trip is optional and will take
about 2 hours total, allowing one (1) hour of snorkeling. Cost is $10.00
per person. Paid to the captain.
Thinking of staying awhile?
Primitive camp sites are available at Fort Jefferson. You must provide all
supplies. Cost...add $35.00 to below rates plus $3.00/per person per night
to Park Service.