Date of Stay: Tuesday February 12 - Sunday 24, 2013 (12 nights)
Rate: $19/night (Access Pass discount)
Website: Flamingo Campground Everglades National Park (FL)
1 Flamingo Lodge Highway
Flamingo, FL 33034
Description: This is truly the end of the world as we know it. The campground is 40 miles from the entry to the Everglades but there is a marina and visitor’s center at this end of the road. No reception on Verizon so no phone or internet for us. We stayed on site T27. The T Loop has 50A electric but no water or sewer at the site. There is a dump with water fill at the bathhouse. The bathhouse does not have hot water although the other loops do have solar panels to heat the water in theirs. Paved roads and pads on large sites without much shade. Bugs are not bad this time of year during the day but evening can be annoying. Forget about the summer. Nice place to ride bikes, paddle, hike the nature trails and enjoy ranger-led activities and talks. Lots of birds and mangroves. Alligators and crocodiles co-exist here.
Activities: Great place to unwind and disconnect from the world for a while. Our satellite dish worked just fine for television although Verizon didn’t work at all (no phone or internet). We were here with Dan, Tricia, Bill and Nancy and were lucky to get sites together. Sherry and David were also here for a couple of days so it was good to see them again. Ranger-led activities are great here and you really get to appreciate the impact of the Everglades on the Earth’s ecosystems. We all rode together to the Anhinga Trail closer to the entry to the park on a cool windy day to enjoy some wildlife viewing. We also all went to Shark Valley with our bikes and pedaled out to the Observation Tower there to get a grasp of the vastness of the Everglades. Bill, Nancy, Tricia and myself went on a ranger-led canoe ride through the mangroves in very shallow water. After our friends left, we realized that we missed civilization so we left a couple of days early.
Trash and Recycle: Dumpster at the bathhouse. Recycle bins at the entry to the loop.
Lots of birds and alligators on the short Anhinga Trail
Gators galore at Shark Valley
Observation Tower at Shark Valley
Ranger-led canoe trip amongst the mangroves
Kestrels, Ospreys and other raptors were everywhere