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Shore Excursions: Forts in Ports

The New World’s colonial past lives on in thes picture-perfect monuments to rebellion, romance, and the age of piracy

Today, the battlements provide beautiful backdrops to our snapshots, and their towers reach reassuringly into clear skies – but as in centuries past, they allow us to keep watch as each new ship enters the harbor from ports unknown.

Fort Jefferson

A 2-hour ferry ride from Key West stands the largest brick masonry structure in the Americas, once a prison for Union deserters; Fort Jefferson.

Brimstone Hill

Since the 1600s, these impregnable fortifications have guarded “the Mother Island,” St.….


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By Grant Balfour



Photo: Patrick Farrell/Visit Florida

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