Everglades National Park & South Florida Multisport

Trip Length 4 Days
Group Size 4–12
Activity level
Starting from
$1,399 for REI Members
$1,639 for non-members

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Escape to the Sunshine State for 4 days of bucket-list tropical adventures in Key Largo and the Everglades.

As a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve Everglades National Park protects an enormous amount of rare and endangered flora and fauna. The best way to explore this extraordinary terrain and the abundance of wildlife that live here is on the numerous land and water trails that snake through the park.

American crocodile bask in the warm winter sun, manatee float through blue green waters, and flocks of brilliant white ibis soar in the vibrant pink, orange and purple evening sky. Everglades National Park offers the perfect blend of premier wildlife viewing with world class outdoor recreation. We’ll paddle through stands of giant mangrove and over crystal blue ocean waters. We’ll hike through tropical hammocks and towering pine forests. Our icing on the cake is world-class snorkeling experience at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, home to one of the world’s top five largest coral reefs.

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Trip Highlights

  • Escape winter on an adventure in the Everglades and a Key Largo undersea park
  • Get close to nature from the water, exploring lake, coast and open ocean
  • Snorkel over a dazzling coral reef—one of the world’s largest
  • Paddle through dreamlike mangrove tunnels and hike under towering jungle trees
  • Watch for dolphins, sea turtles and tropical birds as you kayak turquoise waters

Activities

This trip is rated Easy Active [2]. Participants should expect to hike up to 5 miles at a time, kayak and/or canoe for up to 5 hours at a time, and snorkel for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

What's Included

All transfers from host hotel pickup on Day 1 through host hotel drop off on Day 4; Park entrance fees; Guide leadership; All camping equipment except sleeping bags & pillows; Meals as noted in daily itinerary; Wetsuits for snorkeling; Fees for snorkeling (with the exception of snorkel, mask & fins), canoeing and kayaking excursions

Accommodations

Camping, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Day 1

Everglades Wildlife-watching & Sunset Stroll

Meet your guides and fellow travelers at 9am at our designated host hotel in Miami, Florida. A stop at a local fish market sets the tone for our aquatic holiday and provides a mouth-watering glimpse at the boat to table lifestyle. We’ll then swing by Robert is Here, a Florida institution, where we’ll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Once in camp our guides provide a tent setup demo. We’ll then get the chance to settle in and create the perfect home-away-from-home.

By late afternoon we’ll hit the trail for an extraordinary wildlife opportunity along the Anhinga trail. Alligators, turtles and countless bird species call this picturesque sawgrass marsh home and a raised boardwalk provides the perfect opportunity for wildlife viewing. We’ll wind down the day with an optional sunset walk before enjoying a scrumptious dinner around the campfire. Lunch & dinner included.

Transfer: 1 hour; Hiking: up to 2 miles; Elevation gain/loss: none

Day 2

Mangroves Water Safari

We start the day with a canoe journey through the backcountry water ways of Everglades National Park. Mangrove tunnels and islands give way to expanses of sawgrass while the sounds of birds and frogs singing provide a melodious soundtrack for this morning’s adventure. We’ll keep an eye out and cameras ready for a glimpse at the "Nine Mile Giant", an American crocodile who is known to frequent the shores of the area.

Our afternoon will be spent soaking in the remarkable flora and fauna of the park. We’ll start with a boardwalk hike on the Pahayokee trail. Offering one of the best views in the park, the overlook is accessed via the boardwalk and provides sweeping view of what indigenous tribes termed Pa-hay-okee, meaning “grassy river”. Later we’ll head over to the Gumbo Limbo trail where we’ll walk through a quintessential tropical hammock. All meals included.

Canoeing: up to 5 miles; Walking: 1–2 miles; Elevation gain/loss: none

Day 3

Tropical Forest Hiking & Manatee Habitat Sea Kayaking

We’ll start the morning hiking under towering slash pine along the Long Pine Key Trail. Known as a pine rockland, Long Pine Key has the distinction of being a complex subtropical ecosystem home to a unique range of plants and animals. We’ll learn more about the importance of fire in keeping the area healthy, and also spend some time identifying the wide array of flora that makes up the forest’s understory.

This afternoon we’ll head out to the open coast, home to Flamingo Visitor Center and our jumping off point for an afternoon of kayaking. Depending on weather and wind conditions we’ll either skirt the edge of the bay or make our way up Buttonwood Canal. Either way, this area provides spectacular opportunities for wildlife sightings, with American alligator, crocodile, manatee, and osprey being regular visitors. All meals included.

Hiking: up to 4 miles; Elevation gain/loss: none; Kayaking: mileage varies depending on route

Day 4

Snorkeling & Sunshine at a Coral Reef Undersea Park in Key Largo

We’ll start the morning with a hearty breakfast before working together to break down camp. We’re then on our way to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for a spectacular snorkeling experience. Before hitting the water we’ll gear up and enjoy a beachside lunch. We’ll then hop aboard our boat and start our journey to the country’s first undersea park. Snorkeling within John Pennekamp’s 70 nautical square miles is unmatched and often open water.

We’ll finish the day with a transfer back to Miami, where we’ll say our final goodbyes to new friends and amazing southern Florida. We anticipate arriving back to Miami between 6–7pm. Please note that this time may vary based off numerous factors beyond our control. As a result, we’d highly recommend delaying travel arrangements until the day after your trip concludes. All meals included.

Snorkeling: 2.5 hours; Transfer: up to 2 hours depending on Miami traffic

Gear List

This gear list has been created to help you choose the best equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff. The weather and other conditions at the time of your arrival will dictate what clothing and equipment you will be required to use each day and what (if anything) can be left behind. It may be a necessary precaution that you bring certain items on the list, even if it is uncertain whether or not they will be needed.

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