Depart from Marathon in the evening and sail to the Dry Tortugas overnight. This is about a 12-16-hour cruise, and arriving in daylight hours will make your approach easier. Dont worry therell be plenty of rest and relaxation soon!
Arrive at the Dry Tortugas, the most isolated and least visited national park in the United States. You should plan to spend two nights here, but if the weather deteriorates, cut your stay short and head back to Key West. There are no services on these remote islands a tradeoff of their satisfying solitude.
Go ashore on Garden Key and tour Fort Jefferson National Monument. This was originally built in the mid-1800s as a military fort to be used by Union forces during the Civil War. The fort was converted to a prison, whose most famous inmate was Dr Samuel Mudd, an alleged conspirator in the Lincoln assassination.
Snorkel the reefs surrounding the islands. Go ashore on Loggerhead Key or Hospital Key for a cookout just be sure to leave as little footprint as possible. Bush Key, a protected bird sanctuary offers great bird watching from your yacht. Note that landing is prohibited so the birds arent disturbed.
Depart the Dry Tortugas early in the morning and sail to the uninhabited island group of the Marquesas. Be careful of Rebecca Shoal on the way, and arrive before dark. Enjoy the quiet and solitude that this island group offers. The calm waters and sandy beaches are perfect for swimming and relaxation.
Depart the Marquesas and sail to Key West. Stop along the way for some fantastic snorkeling by mooring to the dive buoys on the reef. Spend the night at Bight Marina, or anchor out in Man of War Harbor. Stretch your legs and experience the nightlife and shopping in the quaint village of Key West.
Depart from Key West and sail to Bahia Honda, one of the best anchorages in the Florida Keys. Drop your hook near the Old Keys Trestle Railroad Bridge and enjoy the calm natural harbor at Bahia Honda State Park.