CANOE THE EVERGLADES
WHY NOW: For the fewest mosquitoes
WHERE: Everglades National Park, Florida
Covering Florida’s Southern tip, the 6070 sq km Everglades is the 3rd largest national park in the USA. It’s the country’s largest subtropical wilderness.
It is World Heritage listed and it’s a wetland of global importance. Simply, the Everglades are natural royalty.
Veined with channels and estuaries, this watery maze is best explored by canoe or kayak. The chief paddling route is the Wilderness Waterway, a 159km journey along the Everglades’ Western edge, gliding by mangroves and sawgrass prairies.
It begins in Everglades City, and then winds through the Ten Thousand Islands and concludes at the Flamingo visitor centre. Allow 7 – 9 days for the journey, and expect to see a few of the Glades’ most famous critters: alligators, dolphins, manatees and roseate spoonbills.
Campsites and chickees (platforms) are spread along the riverbanks. Backcountry camping permits are required- as is a keen sense of adventure.
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Source: Lonely Planet’s “The Best Place To Be Today”