Everglades City Travel Guide

  • salt water mangove ecosystem
    salt water mangove ecosystem
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    big cypress swamp fresh water ecosystem
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Everglades City Things to Do

  • chokoloskee island

    located 4 miles south of everglades city is chokoloskee island. chokoloskee is known for it's excellent saltwater fishing. if you have your own boat you can use the gulf coast national park boat ramp or the private boat ramp at the fishing hole marina. also there are a number of charter boat captains in everglades city and chokoloskee. see my...

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  • captain doug's boat tours

    captain doug's offers airboat and scenic boat tours of the western everglades. an airboat ride is an interesting thing to do in florida. on these tours you will see some of the flora and fawna of the western everglades. a fun thing to do in everglades city.

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  • museum of the everglades

    the museum of the everglades is located in the old laundry building across the street from the everglades city hall. the old laundry was built in the 1920's as a laundry for workers on the construction of the tamiami trail (US41). this museum has an interesting collection of artifacts and photographs relating to the history of collier county and...

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  • everglades city hall

    the everglades city hall was the original collier county courthouse. the courthouse was built in 1929 and became the everglades city hall when the collier county government was moved to naples. the city hall was heavily damaged by hurricane wilma and was condemed. local citizens protested it's demolition and the building was repaired. a very...

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  • everglades national park

    most visitors to everglades city come to see the everglades national park. the gulf coast section of the national park is mainly a mangrove island ecosystem. this area of southwest florida is called the ten thousand islands because of the thousands of small mangrove islands there. the gulf coast national park visitor center offers boat tours and...

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  • Everglades ~ Swamp Boat Rides

    Going on an air boat ride was a fun experience! There are lots of these little companies, just drive down the road and you will see them everywhere. Some of these companies will let you hold one of thier baby alligators for free too.

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  • Everglades National Park

    "Everglades City with its 10,000 Islands, offers a gateway to explore the unique Mangrove habitat preserved by Everglades National Park. With an entangling web of umbrella-like roots anchored in shallow, brackish waters, clusters of mangrove trees form the Ten Thousand Islands. The mangroves create a rich and valuable preserve for endangered...

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  • 10,000 Islands

    "Everglades City with its 10,000 Islands, offers a gateway to explore the unique Mangrove habitat preserved by Everglades National Park. With an entangling web of umbrella-like roots anchored in shallow, brackish waters, clusters of mangrove trees form the Ten Thousand Islands. The mangroves create a rich and valuable preserve for endangered...

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  • Learning about the Calusa ....

    Centuries before the first Europeans saw the Everglades, Calusa Indians dwelled inside the islands and waterways of the 10,000 Islands and lived with their tidal rhythms. The Calusa developed a complex social system and build impressive canals and earthworks. They piled shells into mounds, creating dry grounds amidst their otherwise watery...

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  • Alligators, Airboats and Mosquitos; The...

    The Everglades are a vast area of natural swampland situated in the south west of Florida. A large part of this are has been turned into a National Park, therefore preserving its beauty for everyone.The best way to see the wildlife is to go out on an Airboat. We did have a ride with an airboat in the Everglades Safari Park. A professional tour...

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  • The western gatewayto the...

    The western gatewayto the National Park is Everglades City, the site of another ranger station where you can take leisurely cruises among the '10,000 islands', spotting wildlife.This is one of the world's largest remaining areas of mangrove forest, although seriously depleted. Preserving what remains is not just conservation for the sake of it;...

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  • Winter, the dry season

    Winter, the dry seasonis the ideal time to visit. You'll see most bird life then and there are fewer mosquitoes. Sightseeing boats go from flamingo, and conoeists find their own way up to Everglade City through a chain of lakes and rivers called 'The Wilderness Waterway'. Look out for great white herons, snowy egets, roseate spoonbills, osprey and...

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Everglades City Restaurants

  • seafood

    the oyster house is a good seafood restaurant on the chokoloskee causeway (CR 29) about two miles south of everglades city. good local seafood moderately priced.

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  • cuban

    the havana cafe is located on chokoloskee island about three miles south of evergades city on CR 29. this nice restaurant serves cuban dishes and local seafood. a good moderately priced place to eat in the everglades city area.

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  • old florida atmosphere

    the rod and gun club has an excellent restaurant on premises. they specialize in local seafood and american fare. this better restaurant is located in the historic rod and gun club hotel. note: cash only no credit cards.

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  • Where the Grouper is what they say it...

    Family Owned and Operated -- The Cuban flair on their seafood is to die for.Serving a variety on Cuban dishes, Traditional Sandwiches includes but not limited to -- Cuban deluxe sandwich -- Pork -- Grouper -- Snapper -- Crocquette -- Steak --Media Noche (ham &swiss on sweet bread)--and Key Lime pie for desert! Open for Breakfast before dawn AND...

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  • Where the Grouper is what they say it...

    Family Owned and Operated -- The Cuban flair on their Fish is to die for.Serving a variety of cuban dishes, Traditional Sanwich Menu includes but not limited to their famous -- Cuban deluxe -- Pork -- Croquette -- Media Noche (ham &swiss on sweet bread) -- and I'ved heard someone say the best tasting hamburger ever!Opens very early morning for...

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  • Locally yummy

    The food was good and staff was friendly. Have a bite to eat (a very short walk [next door] from Speedy's) at a deli'ish place where you can hang out on the dock, look at the life sea life they have next to the restaurant, or simply sit in their outside area and enjoy the moment (as shown). Good food. Also, the owners dog was cute and very...

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Everglades City Transportation

  • Everglades National Park boat tours

    There are many places where you can board a boat of on short or an other. During this trip we boarded a "regular" boat which took us from the Everglades close to the open sea.During this narrated trip we saw lot's of birds and also some dolphins who followed this boat. You won't find this on a propellor boat which usually sails over shalow waters....

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  • miromi's Transportation Tip

    a canoe! a canoe trip is ESSENTIAL! You must go to the ranger's station and reserve a campsite first--it's a good idea because they'll give you a tide chart and rescue you if you get washed away. You should also go to a campsite because all the little islands and beaches fluctuate wildly with the tides; as Lonely Planet says, what may be above...

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Everglades City Warnings and Dangers

  • LOUD

    Our guide (as I'm sure the others do, too) made sure we all were protected from the loudness of the engine, which was only while going fast. I'm certain I saw other 'boaters' without them, but can't imagine it. I recommend wearing something over your ears.

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  • Be careful around the...

    Be careful around the aligators and poisonous snakes. The Seminole Tribe of FLorida live on the Big Cypress which is a part of the Seminole Indian Reservation.The Indians have thousands of cattle on this land. When I went to take this picture they all turned and looked at me. Very interesting.

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  • Although it's tempting,do not...

    Although it's tempting,do not feed the alligatorsThey are wild creatures and have been known to bite off arms.

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Everglades City Tourist Traps

  • Swamp Buggy rides - there's NO swamp!

    Wooten's Swamp Buggy ride was lacking an important feature - a swamp!In March, we were mislead into thinking we would see the same things as Wooten's airboat ride, but minus the loud motor. Not so! It was a quick ride through the dry land that Wooten's owns, where the guide pointed out a few plants and showed us 2 of their pooly done Indian...

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  • Well, don't know if you can...

    Well, don't know if you can call it a trap..but...there are signs that have warnings which are so absolutly obvious. That even without the sign you must be stupid to do thing it warns you for..

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  • Calling home from the US.....

    Calling home from the US.. There are a few ways to call from the US to your friend and family at home..You can put money in pay-phones, call from your hotel, use your mobile or use a calling card.. You can buy prepaid calling cards at shops, gas stations and newsstands. We us a calling (credit) card it can be used from payphones, private phones and...

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Everglades City What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Make sure to get some mosquito repelant when you visit in the summer believe me...there can be a whole lot of bloodthirsty mosquitos that will eat you alive....and that itches !!

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  • Packing List

    waterproof bag with buckles that you can tie/snap around the canoe. lots and lots of little plastic bags to waterproof food/supplies and put garbage in--don't litter! & clean up after yourself! A small cooler is also extremely useful and will keep drinks nice and cooool even under the hot sun. pale, airy long sleeved shirts; long light pants; a...

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  • florida panther national wildlife refuge

    the florida panther national wildlife refuge is located about 12 miles north of everglades city on CR 29. the refuge is located in the big cypress swamp. they have walking trails were you may sight the rare florida panther. the big cypress swamp has a different ecosystem than the everglades area around everglades city. the gulf coast everglades is...

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  • Smallwood Store

    Built and founded in 1906 on Chokoloskee Island by C.S. Ted Smallwood - A pioneer in Collier County. The building served as a store, a post office, and Indian trading Post. Ted remained postmaster until his retirement in 1941. His business was with early settlers and Seminole Indians. Road access came to the island in 1955. The store was placed on...

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  • a short drive

    Fairly close to Speedy Johnson's is a dirt road drive with up close views of alligators (if you didn't get enough on the airboats)..one right after the other. Be careful... they're right on the side of the road and probably hidden in the weeds. I recommend letting the kids watch from the car window. Ask any of the locals and I'm certain they can...

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Everglades City Favorites

  • Open eyes

    They (the guides) are good about making sure you notice it all.. but still pay attention, as we saw a lot they didn't point out. One thing the DID point out tho...... wild hogs, hanging out, doing their thing

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  • canoe through the 10,000...

    canoe through the 10,000 Islands and camp on one of the Keys on the Gulf of Mexico I remember paddling through the mangrove island and being surrounded by all sorts of fantastic plants and animals. It was literally like being on safari! Spoonbills, pelicans, egrets flew all around us and mullet fish leaped two or three feet out of the water and...

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  • My parents took me to the...

    My parents took me to the Everglades party where you can see the traditionals and original citizen of that place.They have some park attractions, music, food

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