There are three or four camping places in the park along with several places for primitive camping. There are also private camping areas nearby and hotels in nearby towns. I stayed at motels in Florida City. The Flamingo Lodge is closed and will probably not be replaced.
This motel is very easy to find (conveniently located at the corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Palm Dr.) and is right adjacent to a visitor's center - no driving needed, just walk to get visitor's information. From the motel, you can go south into the Florida Keys, go west into Everglades National Park, go east into Biscayne National Park, or go north toward Miami. The motel is also close to shopping and dining.
The rooms are comfortable and acceptable. Nothing fancy. The free continental breakfast is also acceptable with nothing fancy.
I've had the pleasure of staying at this hostel on several trips to paddle and camp both Everglades and Biscayne national parks. The staff is very friendly and knows the area and it's attractions very well. They'll hook you up with a tour of the park or any other area activities, but the best part is the Hostel itself. It's colorful, funky walled tropical garden is full of nooks if you're looking for privacy, or hang out at the kitchen house to meet and, yes, sometimes party with other guests from all over the world. Don't miss the outdoor shower!
The Everglades hostel is a one of a kind destination in itself, centrally located for day trips to the Park, Biscayne Bay, Florida Keys, South Beach Miami and more
I tent camped at the Flamingo Campgound at the beginning of March, 2005. We found the weather to be perfect, but the mosquitos were absolutely terrible. We had been warned that they might be bad, but we did not anticipate the sheer number that we encountered. They seemed to wane somewhat during the daylight hours, but near sunrise and sunset they were absolutely terrible. As far as the facilities are concerned, the campground offered cold showers and electicity in the bathhouses, although the electricity was not working on Sunday night when we first arrived. Overall, it wasn't a bad place to stay, but the mosquitos made camping extremely uncomfortable. If you are looking for an inexpensive way to experience the Everglades, this might be a good option for you, provided you bring plenty of insect repellant.
The campground is at the end of the road leading into the Everglades. It places you at a prime location for exploring the natural areas of the Everglades.
Very good price/quality. We stayed here for $ 45,-/night, breakfast included. That was for two double beds.
There is a common ppol. The motel is on the edge of the Everglades and close to the Keys.
I have not stayed here, but we did stay in Flamingo. The campground is at the end of the main park road in Flamingo.
234 drive in sites, including 55 with a view of the water, four group sites, 64 walk-up sites (20 on the water's edge).
Close by: observation tower at Eco Pond, hiking trails,canoe trails and fishing.
Facilities - Water, Fire Grates, Picnic Tables, Showers, Groceries, and Dump Station. No electric hookups are available.
Quiet hours are from 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. Small generators are permitted. Operating hours are from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm.
All food and equipments used to cook food or store food when not in use, must be kept sealed in a vehicle or camping unit constructed of a solid, non-pliable material (or inside a food storage facility). Place all garbage in the green dumpster provided. Recycle bins are also available. Close all door and lids to keep wildlife out.
Do not dump sewage or waste water on the ground. Use the dump stations located on the campground. Bathing, washing dishes, food, clothing or other property at public water outlets, fixtures or pools is prohibited. Utility sinks for dish washing are located in the rear of each restroom facility.
Fires are permitted in grills only. Ground fires are not permitted. Only dead wood that is found on the ground may be collected. Do not collect or damage any live vegetation.
The length of stay limits indicated below apply to the peak use season from mid-November through late April. Campsite capacities apply year round. Capacities are subject to change; check at the ranger station before departing.
Regular Sites: $14.00 - maximum of 8 persons
Group Sites: $28.00 - maximum of 15 persons
From December to April, campgrounds usually fill each night. Campsites are available on a first come first serve basis, so early arrival is recommended for the best chance of obtaining a site. Checkout is by 11:00 am.
During the winter season (01 Nov - 30 Apr), camping is limited to 14 days and may not exceed 30 days in one year. Only one primary camping unit (motor home, pop-up, camping, camper van, etc.) and one secondary unit (tent) may occupy a campsite at a time.
Chekika is presently open for day-use only. Camping is not available, pending repairs of damage from Hurricane Irene in October 1999.
There are two other campgrounds - Long Pine Key and Flamingo which are open for camping.
We stayed at the walk-in sites, aka find a camp number in the grass type. No sense of privacy, it's like being in one big picnic area. We tried to get info. about how the area was planned before we went via park websites and phone calls, but didn't get a good idea until we were there. We thought it would be more secluded. The rest of the campground is adjacent and laid out normally. This area is more village-like with all of the fishing and boating types populating the place. Not like a peaceful woodland camp area at all.
Flamingo is the tip of Florida. A pretty cool feeling to wake up and look out onto the Florida Bay, knowing that crocodiles are waiting to cross your campground in the morning on their way to Eco Pond nearby to lay in wait......
There are lots of trails to walk and canoe. Just pick a favorite activity and go. All waters here are infested with alligators and crocodiles--something to think about if you canoe! It’s the only place in the world where the two animals mingle due to the combining of salt and fresh waters. We unfortunately did not get a chance to canoe due to the winds, but did get to fly a kite for as long as we wanted. The wind was nearly constant at the campground for 3 days! Make sure you have a wind resistant tent if you camp at the walk-in sites.
All trails will be great. We walked all that we could in 3 days time, completing many. Boat tours are available and a sailboat cruise is highly recommended. We did the sunset cruise-great! Dolphins surfaced with us three times- what a thrill !!! This is a very ancient-feeling place with gargantuan pelicans flying overhead. There is so much wildlife to take in here it's insane. Being a plant enthusiast as well kept my head spinning all over with so many details to check out.
Fun note: the sea level here is one foot.
Abundant flora and fauna -we saw nearly everything listed in the brochures except the Manatee :(
Wide variety of activities for the leisurely or active.
Long Pine is extremely nice! We had a songbird claim our area with numerous verses that was absolutely amazing. A campground that allows wildlife viewing in abundance without leaving your site is a sure thing. This is a Jack Pine forest area with lots of interesting undergrowth of Palmetto and various ferns and other plant life. There is a trail adjacent to the picnic area that we really enjoyed. This environment is prehistoric. Animal life is difficult to detect except to the discriminating eye. Little critters such as anoles and skinks can be found scampering in the crunchy leaf litter. An eery sense prevails though because of the dense vegetation and rare sightings of animal life. It seemed surely a dinosaur of some sort may be lurking around the next bend. And then archaic sqwaking. Looking up we spotted two GIANT woodpeckers. I never imagined that there were extra large relatives of the little guys we have in our yard. There are several hiking trails within a 15 minute drive of the campgrounds, all recommended for their diversity and uniqueness. Another positive note is that in February, there are very few insects. I received maybe only a handful of mosquito bites- not bad.
Flamingo Campground is open all year with a 14-day maximum stay limit. This campground has 234 drive-in sites (55 with a view of the water and 4 group sites) and 44 walk-up sites (20 on the water's edge and 4 group sites). It also provides showers with solar heated water, two dump stations, picnic tables, grills, and an amphitheater for winter programs. If you choose to stay in this campground I would recommend stocking up on your main groceries in Homestead or Everglades City before driving into the park.
There is an observation platform at Eco Pond, adjacent to the campground area. Flamingo has several hiking trails, canoe trails, and saltwater fishing. Limited groceries and camping supplies are available at the Flamingo Marina store.
Camping at Flamingo or Long Pine Key Campgrounds.
$14 per night
Moonlit nights and sense of being part of the park makes up for often intrusive insect life.
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