People have been coming to the southern tip of Florida, specifically to the Florida Everglades, for centuries. Snowbirds have tried to keep this area a secret; however, something this great has a way of becoming known.
When some people hear the word Everglades, they think swamps and dangerous creatures. While the Florida everglades are one of North America’s unsung wild places, there’s plenty of amenities here too.
You’ll marvel at the subtropical landscape that is both beautiful and rugged. This mostly untouched wilderness has plenty of wildlife that will delight and surprise. You can take wildlife tours via plane, boat or airboat, by vehicle or on a bicycle or walking tour.
There are several parks in the Everglades to enjoy. Spend a day exploring the 11,000-acre Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary where you’ll find the largest remaining stand of ancient virgin bald cypresses. There’s no trekking through the jungle here, it’s an easy two-mile walk along a boardwalk that passes through marshes, wet prairie, pinelands, hardwood hammocks and cypress swamps.
Fishing and Boating
Fishing is one of the main attractions of the Everglades. A fishing trip into the Ten Thousand Islands is an experience like no other. Imagine a land where there are no roads, no stores, and no signs of civilization. Now imagine yourself venturing into the tidal creeks and rivers and the mangrove islands and landing the catch of a lifetime.
Anglers of all ages and experience love the guided fishing tours here. Remember to bring your camera too. This land is flush with osprey, pelicans, herons, egrets, white ibis and roseate spoonbills. Don’t be surprised if a bottlenose dolphin or manatee tries to capture your attention.
There are several guided tours in the area that offer up both fishing and boat tours. Choose from guided kayak and canoe adventures, an airboat tour, or rent a boat for the day to explore the beaches and islands of the area.
As you can imagine, being this close to the water means great seafood. There are as many types of restaurants in this area as there are variations on seafood dishes! Cafes, delis, family dining and five-star cuisine are all within minutes of wherever you’re staying. Some eateries even offer views of alligators while you eat!
There are several ethnic restaurants as well that serve Chinese, Italian, Cuban, Colombian, Peruvian and Caribbean food.
Learn More About the Everglades
One must see place is the Museum of the Everglades in Everglades City. Step through the doors and learn the story of the past 2,000 years in the Everglades. There are artifacts, period photographs, programs, lectures and events. While the museum is small, it contains a thorough history of the area from the native tribes, to the Tamiami Trail, and the Big Cypress Swamp.
There is loads of information here as well as a rotating gallery near the entrance where you’ll see great local art.
Where to Stay
Although there are motels, hotels, cottages and B & Bs in this area; this subtropical paradise was made for RVers.
Pull in and park your home on wheels amongst the avocado, mango and palm trees. The Miami Everglades RV Resort near Miami, Florida was voted “Best Campground in Miami.”
Set yourself up in a spot that feels just right for you in the 34-acres of tropical camping surrounded by tropical floral nurseries and farms. From here you are only 10 miles away from Everglades National Park. Key Largo is located 30 miles to the south.
Travel a bit further south and you’ll come to the Florida Keys RV Resort. This 28-acre resort is located on its own island! Picture yourself waking up in a place where you are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean views in every direction, an onsite marina and plenty of amenities are right here for you to enjoy. Venture out and enjoy Long Key State Park, the Dolphin Research Center and the Bud ‘N’ Mary’s world famous fishing marina.
Both Miami Everglades RV Resort and the Florida Keys RV Resort also have lodge and cabin rentals for your convenience.
No matter where you go, or where you stay, you are sure to find plenty of great adventures, and ways to relax in the Florida Everglades.