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Your visit to Everglades, much like your visit to any enormous natural terrain, is largely determined by the weather and the time of the year. So if you are keen to get a strong overview into the magic of Everglades and to see the myriads of flocks of wading birds that frequent the area, it is far better to visit Everglades during the dry season, which lasts from November to March of each year. Because it is a wetland environment, it classically goes through two primary seasons. The wet season, between April and November, tends to be heavily populated by insects and for this reason, is not popular for visitors.
There are lots of exciting things to do in the natural environment of Everglades, from birdwatching and canoeing to biking and fishing, but if you still don’t feel stimulated enough, there are further attractions nearby, including the Dry Tortugas National Park in Mexico, the Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida and Florida’s Biscayne National Park. It’s an area of the Americas which is rich with untouched nature and you must drink in the unmitigated beauty of the surrounds.
When you visit, other than taking heed of the standard realities and precautions of camping in an unspoiled natural environment in which you need to exercise vigilance and respect, when you visit Everglades, be aware of the vultures and the alligators in the area. For unknown reasons, the vultures have been discovered to be deeply attracted to the insulating rubber around windscreens in vehicles. They also have a penchant for windscreen wipers and the insulation around a sunroof on a vehicle. For this reason, protect your vehicle, particularly if you will be leaving it standing for long periods of time, by always parking it in direct sun, by covering the windscreen and sunroof with either a tarpaulin or a wet towel. With regard to the alligators, they will probably be more afraid of you than you are of them, but these are massive predators and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. For this reason, you should always maintain a 15-to-20 foot distance from any wild animals and do not swim, dive or snorkel in any of the streams, rivers or freshwater lakes of the park for this reason.
While the park will not close at night and you will not be locked in, bear in mind that the access points to the park are only staffed until 6pm, every night of the year. While there are no formal lodging facilities in Everglades where you can sleep overnight, the park has two campsites: the Long Pine Key campsite, near Homestead and the Flamingo campsite, 38 miles from the Homestead gate, where for a nominal fee, you can set up your tent.
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