Where to Stay Near Everglades National Park, Florida

Find a relaxing home base for exploring America’s largest subtropical wilderness
Find a relaxing home base for exploring America’s largest subtropical wilderness | © Simon Dannhauer / Alamy Stock Photo
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15 October 2020

Stretching across southern Florida for 1.5 million watery acres (607,000ha), Everglades National Park is North America’s largest subtropical wilderness and a paradise for any lover of the great outdoors. Find a big-name hotel, homey Airbnb or light-filled waterfront apartment within easy reach, then try fishing, canoeing, swamp-walking or hiking in the coastal lowlands, remote swamps and matted mangroves.

Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort

There’s more to the Everglades than alligators. At the Port of the Islands resort adjacent to the national park near Everglades City, you can relax and recharge with a swimming pool, tennis courts, full-service marina and garden lined with palm trees. Have a lazy afternoon lingering over a barbecue lunch in the picnic area, then retire to the Angler’s Cove restaurant for live music, a lively happy hour and the best key lime pie in town.

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Travelodge by Wyndham Florida City/Homestead/Everglades

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Just off Highway 1 and near local restaurants and shops, the light-filled Travelodge by Wyndham is perfectly placed in Florida City to explore the wide-open spaces, tangled mangroves and subtropical wildlife of the Everglades. Feed one of 500 alligators at the Alligator Farm just ten miles (16km) away or skim through the swamps on a thrilling airboat ride. Just be sure to load up on the free freshly made pancakes and waffles for breakfast before you leave.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton Florida City

Ideal for long-term Florida visitors and those in town on extended business, this distinctive salmon-pink property in Florida City has everything you need to make yourself at home. There’s a saline pool, spacious fitness centre, well-equipped business centre and laundry facilities. Plus, there’s a convenient 24-hour market in the lobby, so you can make full use of the kitchen in every suite.

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Hampton Inn and Suites Miami-South/Homestead

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Thrill-seekers, divers and families should all check in to the Hampton Inn & Suites before checking out the local area. Expect simple, understated rooms with brown leather accents, an outdoor pool and free breakfast, all in a great location just off Highway 1 in Homestead. The blinding blue waters of Biscayne National Park are just 15 minutes away, the Coral Castle Museum under four miles (6.5km), and reasonably priced restaurants are within walking distance.

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Everglades City Getaway

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Make the most of this airy apartment’s fantastic location by heading home after a long day of Everglades adventures and whipping up dinner in the well-stocked kitchen. Dine on the private screened porch for dramatic sunset views, or slide the large glass doors open to cool off in the tropical breeze. The well-priced two-bedroom apartment sleeps four and is also within walking distance of boat tours and welcoming neighborhood restaurants, when you want someone else to do the cooking.

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  • Comfort Guest House

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    A dream for a family of four, this newly built, self-contained guesthouse has its own private entrance, oodles of parking space, a queen-size bed and futon and even a useful washing machine and tumble dryer. Kids will love the shared pool with its relaxing waterfall feature and the poolside hammocks for lounging. Tucked among towering palm trees in a safe, quiet neighborhood, the city of Naples is right on the doorstep with its shopping malls, zoo, water parks and botanical garden.

    Relaxing Waterfront Studio Apartment

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    Live like a local on the sleepy Isles of Capri when you rent this studio apartment right on the waterfront. Owner and dedicated kayaker Michelle provides a handbook of recommendations, beach chairs and umbrellas; all you need to do is ease into the leisurely pace of life. Spot dolphins from the private balcony, take a short stroll to rent kayaks and jet-skis, and walk to four local restaurants including the family-owned Pelican Bend that serves up shrimp, crab or your own catch of the day.

    Garden Apartment in the Everglades

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    Take advantage of owner Rebecca’s local knowledge when you stay at her lovely studio apartment. A resident of Everglades City for nearly two decades, she knows just where to get the freshest stone crabs and the best hidden spots for kayaking, hiking and swamp-walking. Great restaurants and the national park itself are within walking or biking distance of this bright, simply furnished apartment, with Netflix access, a screened porch and shared use of the exotic garden.

    These recommendations were updated on October 15, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.