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Fort Jefferson, Dry Tortugas National Park

Seventy miles west of Key West, smack in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies a pearl string of seven coral and sand islands set in turquoise water. Accessible only by boat or float plane, the skies and shoals teem with colorful fish and coral, birds and vegetation. In 1846 the US government began construction on a fort to guard the Gulf, and in 1992 it became the Dry Tortugas National Park.

(c) by Craig Goldwyn,