5 Reasons to Honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas
5 Reasons to Honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials. Getting married is an exciting event in your life. And planning your honeymoon is a big part of the wedding celebration. Did you know that the history of taking a honeymoon started in the early 19th century in Great Britain? The newlyweds would travel around the countryside visiting family and friends who were not able to attend the wedding ceremony. For many, this trip around Great Britain would last weeks or nearly a month and due to the high cost of the trip, a honeymoon was usually only afforded by the wealthy. The honeymoon has certainly evolved over the last few centuries!
Currently, nearly every couple enjoys some sort of respite following their wedding. After the stress of planning and preparing for the wedding, the honeymoon represents the opportunity to take some downtime, catch your breath, and focus on the two of you as a couple. But what does it cost for this opportunity to relax and enjoy each other? The average amount of money spent on a honeymoon is $4466, with trips to Mexico or the Caribbean averaging $5000-$7500. Couples wanting to venture to Europe will be shelling out $6000-$25,000 for a week in their desired European destination. Adding on excursions and additional amenities can escalate the costs. Yikes! Do these numbers cause you to pause and wonder if a honeymoon is possible and even within your price range? Not to worry. Take Me There has options for you.
One of the options that appeal to those looking for adventure, a taste of history, nature, and beautiful beaches is the Dry Tortugas. There are several other reasons why the Dry Tortugas appeals to honeymooners. We think there are 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas.
1. If you are not sure where the Dry Tortugas are, don’t worry you are not alone. The Dry Tortugas is a collection of 7 islands in a Caribbean-like place located in the United States about 70 miles west of Key West. The best news about a honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas is that since it is part of Florida you do not need a passport to enjoy this amazing place. And this to us is the first of the 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas – you can feel like you are visiting a Caribbean island like Antigua or the British Virgin Islands (which are in the top 10 destinations for honeymoons), but you never have to leave Florida. Travel requiring a passport has gotten more complicated over the years, and the last thing you want to deal with on your honeymoon is complications or a hassle. So why not skip the messiness of traveling abroad but feel like you have escaped to a tropical paradise and enjoy your Dry Tortugas honeymoon aboard Take Me There.
2. There are only about 80,000 visitors to the Dry Tortugas each year, so you are about to become one of the elite few to visit this stunningly beautiful place. As compared to the beaches of Hawaii that received over 6 million visitors in 2021, or the Bahamas (another popular beach destination) which welcomed over 160,000 visitors in 2021- only 80,000 people have the incredible opportunity of visiting the Dry Tortugas each year- making this the second of our 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas; your honeymoon is a unique experience that not everyone will be able to say they took. When you pick your honeymoon destination- there is a feeling like you are the only ones who have chosen this special place to enjoy your honeymoon. When you start talking to people, and they say that have also been to your chosen destination; some of the magic quickly disappears. Don’t you want to be the unique trendsetter in your group? Don’t you want to be one of the distinctive few that can say that they honeymooned in the Dry Tortugas? Here is your chance!
3. The third of our 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas relates to #2- you will be one of only a few people to honeymoon there because there are only day trip options or limited luggage options. Why are there so few people who visit each year? If it is such a great place to visit, why are there not more people going? There are two main reasons for the low number of visitors. The first is that even though it is part of Florida, there are no airports in the Dry Tortugas, and there are no bridges that connect these islands to the mainland of Florida. Traditionally there have only been three ways to get to these pristine islands- the ferry, the seaplane, or your own private boat.
The second reason why there is a limited number of visitors is that there are no provisions on the island. And when I say NO PROVISIONS, I mean nothing- no food, no water, no camp store, NOTHING. So what you bring with you is what you have. So while there is camping on the island, there are no hotels or restaurants. While I am a huge fan of the great outdoors, my idea of the perfect honeymoon is not cooking over an open fire every day. While I enjoy nature, and I really appreciate the unspoiled natural habitats; I also appreciate the comforts of home like a comfortable bed, a stocked fridge, and a nice cold drink at the end of the day.
So let’s talk about the ways of getting there first… The Yankee Freedom Ferry makes day trips from Key West to the Dry Tortugas for $190 per person. You can book tickets on the Yankee Freedom up to 6 months in advance of your trip, but the tickets sell out very quickly, so people are waiting in virtual lines and scrambling to find ways to get the golden ticket on the Yankee freedom Ferry. The other option of getting to the Dry Tortugas is to take the Key West Seaplane. This also is only a daytrip, and the current cost is $634 per adult for a 6.5-hour ride with a very short stopover on the main island to explore Fort Jefferson.
People who visit the Dry Tortugas say it is not only one of the most beautiful places they have been but that the biggest complaint is that they had such a short amount of time, they did not get to see and do everything they wanted to do. The third option of getting to the Dry Tortugas is by your own boat. This is not usually something that everyone has. And even if you have your own boat- there is a lot of planning, preparation, and knowledge that goes into a trip to the Dry Tortugas.
All of these options of visiting the Dry Tortugas are what we refer to as “limited luggage” options. The seaplane does not allow anything more than a carryon bag, and the ferry limits your luggage to a 60-pound bag. Neither of these transportation methods allow propane tanks. So remember when I mentioned camping on the island? Yes, you can camp- but you must cook using charcoal. And you have to allow room in your backpack to carry the charcoal and it counts towards your 60-pound weight limit. No wonder there are no honeymooners in the Dry Tortugas! This is not sounding like these are great 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas.
BUT WAIT! Take Me There Sailing offers you all the comforts of home. A very comfortable bed, a stocked refrigerator, more than plenty of water, wine, and beer, and someone to prepare all of your meals for you. Plus Take Me There carries all the water toys like kayaks, paddleboards, snorkel gear and floats so you no longer have a “limited luggage” option when you travel aboard Take Me There. So #3 on our list of 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas is because it is now as simple as saying TAKE ME THERE!
4. The 4th reason on our list of 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas is because it is packed with history (Fort Jefferson is one of the oldest forts in the United States), preserved and unspoiled land (It is one of our national parks), and because most people visit for day trips only, it is uncrowded and you will have the beaches mostly to yourself. So, it has a wide variety of things to do in one small place. You can choose to explore the fort, visit the lighthouse, lay on the beach, snorkel, swim, or just enjoy being one with nature. And then at the end of each day, you can board Take Me There’s 60-foot vessel, take a relaxing shower and enjoy a cooked meal and a cold drink while enjoying the sunset on deck. Now that sounds like one of 5 great reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas!
5. The 5th of the 5 reasons to honeymoon in the Dry Tortugas is because Take Me There offers you all-inclusive pricing. When you book your honeymoon aboard Take Me There, it includes all of your food and drinks, your lodging aboard the boat, entrance fees to the park, and all the equipment necessary to enjoy multiple days of kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, paddle boarding, and exploring the islands. Now that sounds like a great honeymoon.
Take Me There offers a 5 night/6 day package from Key West to the Dry Tortugas for $8250 that includes all of your food, drinks, water toys, park entrance, and sundry items aboard the boat. Bring your bathing suit, some shorts, and t-shirts, and let’s start sailing to the Dry Tortugas. The adventure awaits. And who says you have to be planning a honeymoon to enjoy this trip. It doesn’t matter whether you are just getting married, have been married for a few years, or you are single and want to take a “friendlymoon” – this trip is for YOU! Just say TAKE ME THERE!