Since I do work as a tour guide in the Florida Everglades I am probably a little biased. But I am convinced that this is one place that everyone should make an effort to see. Many people have a preconceived notion that the Everglades are just one big swamp, but I can promise you that this is certainly not true. When you are in the Everglades it is like being in your own world, and you never know what you could see. To help convince you that this is a place that you should visit I’ve decided to devote this post to one of my favorite places.
While everyone knows that the Everglades are home to American Alligators and now some truly huge boa constrictors, did you also know that a wide variety of endangered species also live here. The docile manatee makes it home in the Everglades, and while these are magnificent creatures I still don’t know how sailors could ever mistake one for a mermaid. Florida panthers also call this unique area home, and I have been lucky enough to actually catch a quick glimpse of one. The fact that this area is also recognized as a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance should be more than enough to convince you to visit this beautiful area.
If you aren’t already convinced that a visit to the Everglades is in order, maybe this will help convince you. There are several campgrounds in the Everglades that visitors can take advantage of. During the night the area simply comes to life, and it is also when I saw my panther. The Florida heat keeps many of the area’s inhabitants asleep in the cool water or shade, and when the sun goes down there is not telling what you might see. If you stay at one of the resorts you can even sleep in relative luxury. If you do decide to stay at one of the campgrounds I recommend Camp Sable. One of its main draws is its gorgeous beach.
Boaters often come to the Everglades for the sole purpose of following the 99 mile Wilderness Waterway. This water trail generally takes around 8 days to complete and it might be one of the best trips of your life. Not only do you get to travel through the entire system, but you will have some of the best views of the land and water. Canoes, kayaks and powerboats are all welcome on the waterway, and you can even rent one at the start of the trail. You’ll also pass by several campgrounds so you don’t even have to sleep in the boat.