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11. Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

Seven islands of coral reefs and sand compose the Dry Tortugas, named after the abundant sea turtles found in the area. The rocky reefs and shoals of the island, 70 miles west of Florida’s Key West, have been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks since the days of Spanish exploration. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 70,659 More info: Pictured: Underwater at Dry Tortugas National Park
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