Approaching from the southwest, the channel between Loggerhead Key and Garden Key is quite wide and unobstructed although one does need to proceed to the northwest side of Garden Key to get into the channel to the anchorage near the Fort. One can anchor
to the southeast of the Fort, or to the west, if weather
conditions require it. It would be wise to contant Customs
and Immigration before stopping there, however, as, to my knowledge, the Tortugas are not a Port of entry although, if you have a DTOPS Decal, that might not be a problem. Note, however, the Park Police headquartered at Ft. Jefferson are not particularly tollerant of any funny
business so it would be wise to check before you depart Isla.