Monday, March 24, 2014

Everglades National Park - Flamingo

We got in late last night from a side trip out to the Keys. We had rented a car so this morning we had to return the car. Another note here about "everything takes a little longer in South Florida". Enterprise in Homestead will pick you up and drop you back at Long Pine Key Campground. That's very generous! Be prepared to wait.

When we got back we packed up the RV and headed into FLAMINGO. The 35 mile drive there goes by quickly on the 55mph road. The road is dotted with several short hike trails.

This area was devastated during hurricane Wilma in '05. The Flamingo Visitor Center, Marina and hotel were destroyed and the main parking lot had 4 feet of mud in it. It took them 3 years to reopen the area to the public.

As soon as we arrived We stopped in at the Buttonwood Cafe for a bite. Gator tails were on the menu! After dinner we headed into the campground. We chose a site with electricity to charge camera batteries. $30/night. The park attendant shared a little secret with us. Showers in the RV park are cold water only. Tent site showers are solar heated. This area is right on Florida Bay. T
Some tent sites have water views. Reservations are needed because this campground is very popular.

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