Thursday, February 28, 2013

Everglades National Park - Flamingo Campground.

After trying unsuccessfully to get into another park in the Keys we decided to go to the Everglades. There are two campgrounds within an easy drive. The first one is just inside the National Park Gate and is called Long Pine Key. The second one is 38 miles further in and down close to Florida Bay and that is called Flamingo Campground. There are some electric sites at Flamingo and the rest are dry camping. So we decided on the spur of the moment to go to Flamingo to see if we could scoop and electric site. We didn't. They were all occupied or reserved. No matter, we have a generator and full fresh water tank, so we paid for 2 nights with the option of staying a third night if we wished. The non-electric sites are $16 a day. the electric sites are $30 a day. We certainly were not going to use $14 a day in diesel to keep the batteries charged. The sites there are huge! we were able able to get a site looking into the bush that surrounds the campground. Lots of birds, butterflies and mosquitoes! it is so peaceful there! not even the sound of the generators disturbed us.

If you stay at this campground it is preferable to have a boat or a canoe as there is a lot of water, being on the bay and there are also canals surrounding the area. We were able to see a North American crocodile which inhabit the waters around there. We did a ranger conducted walk which went into the history of the area, the good, the bad and the ugly. Very interesting.

Here are the photos from our 2 day stay there.

Entering Flamingo Campground
Our site was massive! We are parked and there is still this amount of space in front of us.
All set up.
"Eco" Tent in the tenting area.
The Eco Tent
Information board about the Eco Tent.
Solar heating for the showers.
Lots of space in the tent camping area
Florida Bay and the muddy shoreline
Bike ride along the Guy Bradley trail
Kayakers on Florida Bay.
Coastal Prairie field
info about the Coastal Prairie
Tri-color Heron
Stalking his lunch.
Cute little trailer from Micro-lite.
A vehicle that would not look out of place in the Dakar Rally.
the other side
Front View
Educational trail walk. The subject was about the history of the Flamingo area.
The canal at the Marina. There was a North American crocodile swimming in the canal, but we did not get a photo.




  1. Thanks for the great post and pictures. I believe next year we will head down to spend time seeing the Everglades.

  2. Hey Daryl. I see that my earlier post got published. If you can, just go into Huntington Beach State Park and check it out for future reference. Seniors can buy a ticket to Brookgreen Gardens for around $12 and it is good for 6 or 7 days. There are 6,000 acres there and lots of outdoor sculpture and birds and animals.

  3. We did go to Huntington State Park when we were down in Myrtle Beach at the end of 2012. We did not go into the Atalaya as we had Timmy with us, but will probably go there this stay. Lovely beach.