If the trade winds are light, exploring by canoe will put you in proximity to terns, gulls, wading birds, shorebirds and pelicans, particularly at low tide. Canoeing into Snake Bight and off Frank Key are easy, bird-rich day trips. If the wind is too strong to paddle in the open bay, head up the Buttonwood Canal from the marina into Coot Bay, or portage over to the Bear Lake Canoe Trail.
Carl Ross Key, 10 miles south in the Bay, is my favourite spot to camp in the national park. Houseboat, canoe, kayak, bicycle rentals and boat tours are available through the marina store, open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm and Sat-Sun 6am-7pm; fuel sales 7am-6pm daily. Shark Valley, the northern entrance to Everglades national park, is on the Tamiami Trail. The visitor centre offers exhibits and programmes and a mile loop road leads to a 65ft observation tower. The tower offers the park's best panorama of the Everglades, as well as excellent opportunities to watch alligators, turtles, wading birds and possibly snail kites.
The loop itself is a leisurely two-hour bike ride, best in early morning when deer are grazing in the marsh and otters are playing in the water. Recommended for canoes, kayaks and small powerboats, the Wilderness Waterway is a mile marked boat trail through mangrove-lined creeks, rivers, lagoons and open bays, which ends or begins in Flamingo. You'll see birds, alligators, manatees, sea turtles and there is great fishing.
There are primitive campgrounds along the Tamiami Trail and tent camping along hiking trails is allowed anywhere you can find dry ground. Look for wading birds in the roadside canal and, while hiking through the pinelands, look for red-cockaded woodpecker colonies, bluebirds, and brown nuthatches. An early morning bike ride is often rewarded by sightings of barred owl, otter, wild turkey, bobcat, water moccasin and, very rarely, Florida panther.
Be prepared to get wet. Florida's coral necklace is the third longest in the world and the first undersea preseve in the United States. The park covers a mere acres of land and 75 square miles of ocean, but is still home to 40 species of coral and more than species of fish. A concession runs a two-and-a-half hour glass-bottom boat tour, three times daily, diving and snorkelling trips, and rents everything needed to get on or under the surface.
The park also has hiking trails and three miles of canoe trails. Beneath the surface of Biscayne Bay is a mosaic of pristine coral reefs — the northernmost on the Atlantic Coast — and half a dozen historic shipwrecks. Hundreds of species of rainbow-coloured fish, several species of sea turtles, American crocodiles and manatees ply the aquamarine waters, while brown pelicans and bald eagles patrol the airways.
Winds and currents keep the park, particularly the isles, in a constant state of flux. There's overnight camping on Elliot and Boca Chita Keys, fishing, snorkelling, bird watching, swimming and beachside idling.
The park concession rents kayaks, canoes and provides glass-bottom boat rides. Run by the National Audubon Society, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary protects 13, acres of wetlands, pinelands, and old-growth bald-cypress swamp.
Consider taking an Everglades tour in Key Largo for a classic Florida adventure: a wet and wild airboat tour in Everglades National Park. Miami, Everglades & Florida Keys - 10 day trip. Watch this Even staying longer in Miami and taking a trip to Everglades from there. Sail Florida Adventures.
It is the "gateway to the western Everglades" and a glimpse of wild Florida. When the water levels in the Everglades are low, more than a 1, pairs of wood storks, a black-and-white wading bird that stands three-feet tall and spreads its wings nearly five-feet from tip to tip, nest in the sanctuary, often close to the boardwalk. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
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