Canoe Camping at 10000 Islands, Everglades
The best way to experience the tranquility and beauty of the Everglades – and that is devastated and the lush, tropical yet foreboding with & # 39 is canoing or kayaking through the excellent network of waterways that skirt the north-western part of the park. 10,000 islands consist of many (but not really 10,000) tiny islands and mangrove swamp that hug the southwestern most border of Florida. Wilderness Waterway, a path 99 miles between Everglades City and Flamingo, is the longest canoe trail in this area, but there are also shorter trails near Flamingo.
Most of the islands are fringed by narrow beaches with sugar-white beaches, but note that the water is brackish, not clear, and very shallow most of the time. This is not Tahiti, but it's interesting. The best part of the & # 39 is that you can camp on your own island for a week.
Moving the 10,000 islands is pretty simple, if you strictly follow the NOAA tide and nautical charts. Going against the tide with a & # 39 is the fastest way to make it a miserable trip. Gulf Cost Visitor Center sells nautical charts and gives out free tidal charts. You can also buy graphics to your visit – please call 305-247-1216 and ask for the schedule Nos 11430, 11432 and 11433.
Parrot Jungle Island, Miami
Parrot Jungle (305-666-7834; 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, off I-396 / MacArthur Causeway, adult / child $ 24.95 / 19.95; 10 am-6pm) was vulgar attraction since 1936, but since 2003 move to much0more available Spit between South Beach and Miami city center, it has become much more elegant place to visit.
His new 18-acre coastal line of the & # 39; object planted and beautifully decorated minimum of pesticides and solidified with 27,000 tons of structural fill, is now the proud home of parrots, macaws, flamingos and cockatoos in endless varieties, some in the cage, but many flying in outdoor enclosures that mimic their natural environments.You can watch birds, talk to them and feed them, or set back and let them entertain you in one of the areas of the scene (where trained birds chat and, unfortunately, dance for the audience) .
Other creatures have include snakes, crocodiles, gibbons and orangutans, creating a mini-zoo that kids especially enjoy. Passages covered (from both rain and bird feed), as well as indoor dining, gaming and shopping area provide plenty of shelter from storms. Parking is available for $ 6.
Everglades National Park, Everglades
The only subtropical preserve in North America, this park is filled with a large set of environments and creatures: temperate and tropical plants, marine life and wading birds. In addition, it is the only place on earth where alligators (who prefer freshwater) live side by side. In the parks three inputs allow you to select the type of experience you would like to have if it was like the end of a wooden lookout to watch the sunset, cycling along side swampy float lands or kayaking from island to island until you find the best place to set up camp on night.
There are three main entrances to the park – one along the southeast edge near Honestead and Florida City (Ernest FPC), one in the center-north side on the Tamiami Trail (Shark Valley) and a third on the beautiful northwest coast (Gulf Coast), past Everglades City. From the entrance it, follow the highway in 9336 The Flamingo, a visitor area offers everything from guided tours by boat to the lodge and restaurant. Shark Valley, where you'll find a convenient tram tour, while the Gulf Coast region with a & # 39 is the least developed and caters to tourists and kayakers.
Author: Kenneth Ng