A glorious expanse of wilderness covering 1.5 million acres (607,000ha) in south Florida, the extraordinary Everglades National Park is North America’s largest subtropical wilderness. Accessed from Miami or Homestead in the east and Everglades City in the west, big-name hotels and all-suite properties provide perfect home bases from which to explore the park’s untamed mangrove islands, maze of pinelands and otherworldly sawgrass marshes.
Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort
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It’s easy to immerse yourself in the mysterious marshlands of the Everglades with your very own Wilderness Concierge on hand. Fifteen miles (24km) from Everglades City, Port of the Islands Resort can arrange everything from airboat rides to eco-tours from their full-service marina, so you can sit back and enjoy the hotel’s tennis courts, swimming pool and lush tropical gardens. Book a cosy cottage suite so you can relax with a sundowner on a private screened-in porch after adrenaline-fueled days dodging alligators.
Convenience is the priority at Travelodge by Wyndham. Just off Highway 1, guests can park right in front of their rooms for easy day trips to the Everglades Alligator Farm, just ten miles (16km) away. Good restaurants and shops are also close at hand, so visitors can explore the local area or simply soak up the sun by the heated outdoor pool before unwinding over a cookout on the brick barbecue grills.
Feel right at home on your Florida vacation by staying in a hotel that offers a little more space to spread out. Every suite in this property features a snug seating area plus a handy kitchen stocked with dishwasher, toaster, microwave and more. Keen cooks can even borrow an induction burner cooker from the front desk or sizzle some ribs on the outdoor barbecues under a starry Florida sky.
Families will love this stately white-columned property, within walking distance of restaurants, all-day coffee shops and an excellent outlet mall. Several parks are within 10 minutes’ drive when the kids need to stretch their legs, or the hotel’s large pool and hot tub should keep them busy. Spacious rooms come with a microwave, fridge and free breakfast, while dry cleaning and infant beds can be arranged.
Very close to the entrance to the Florida Keys, the Quality Inn is the last stop before tropical paradise, with the islands’ vanilla-white sand and azure water almost within touching distance. Get into the vacay mood the moment you check-in thanks to color-pop curtains, buttercup yellow feature walls, an outdoor heated pool and a mountain of fresh (and free) waffles in the airy breakfast room.
There’s no chance of going hungry when you stay at the Courtyard by Marriott. Pop down to the lobby whenever the munchies strike to visit the coffee shop, busy bar or contemporary restaurant, where the loaded burgers should satisfy even the biggest appetites. If that doesn’t hit the spot, good steakhouses and Italian restaurants are all within a 10-minute walk in Homestead. Snooze it off afterwards on a sun-lounger by the pretty palm tree-lined pool.
Thirty miles (48km) south of Miami and just off Highway 1 near the Florida Turnpike, this sunshine-yellow hotel is the perfectly positioned base for your Florida adventures. Head west to the wildlife-packed wetlands of Everglades National Park, or east for snorkeling and coral reefs in the aquamarine waters of Biscayne National Park. Closer still are the compelling Coral Castle Museum and the noisy Homestead-Miami Speedway. Boredom is definitely not an option.