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The most remote of the Florida Keys.

Travel + Leisure
February 21, 2012

Breathtakingly isolated, with an edge-of-the-world vibe, the Dry Tortugas are one of Florida’s greatest natural finds. Hop the ferry to reach the seven islands, which are the last of the true Keys, accessible only by boat and 70 miles from Key West. Come here to snorkel protected coral reefs, peer at cormorants, broad-winged hawks, and frigates in bird sanctuaries, and sunbathe on the sandy beaches.

Sandy's Café

Sandy’s Café never closes so visitors can stop in for Cuban and Mexican cuisine anytime. Known especially for its generous-sized Cuban sandwiches and buchi, or espresso, the restaurant also has all-day breakfast options such as an egg, chorizo, and potato sandwich, chicken fajita omelet, and café con leche. With only a to-go window counter and a few bar stools, Sandy’s is located off-the-beaten-path away from popular Duval Street. This establishment has a high percentage of local clientele who use the attached laundry mat before or after stopping for a bite to eat. 

Fausto's

Duck into this gourmet grocery for poached salmon salad or Evil Garlic Pickles.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Key Lime Inn

Just off Duval Street, hidden behind palms, the inn feels like a tropical island oasis. Some of the cheery cottages have lounge-worthy verandas.

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