Enjoy this half-day tour of the Everglades National Park with a private local guide!
Everglades National Park is one of the country's largest parks and a treasure of biological diversity. The park was established in 1947 to protect the unique and fragile ecosystem. Located less than an hour from the Miami metropolitan area, this subtropical wilderness is a combination of one and a half million acres of sawgrass prairie, shimmering waters, and mangrove forests sheltering a tremendous spectrum of wild life. Animal life is varied and includes the endangered American crocodile, alligators, bobcats, deer, dolphins, and a wide variety of fish. In addition, more than 345 species of birds winter in the park. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, and Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, significant to all the people of the world.
Drive due west from the city of Miami. The Everglades starts abruptly past the last urban developments of the city. Following the Tamiami Trail, we arrive at the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. There we will board an airboat, a flat-bottomed vessel propelled in a forward direction by an aircraft-type propeller and powered by either an aircraft or automotive engine. Keep in mind that the Everglades is not a jungle or a swamp. It is a unique biosphere found nowhere else in the world. It is a vast, shallow, slow moving river which appears as a grass-covered open prairie stretching for miles. There is no dry land except small tree covered islands called hammocks. You will visit one such island where Miccosukee tribal members used to live. The likelihood of seeing fauna, other than alligators, cannot be guaranteed. At certain times of the year, birdlife is prolific, usually during the winter December to March period.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel in Miami or Miami Beach.
End location: Your hotel in Miami or Miami Beach.
Duration: 4 hours
The tour will operate in all weather, except hurricane conditions.
Private, comfortable and safe vehicle with air-conditioning.
*** PLEASE NOTE *** I have found that many visitors to Miami will rent a vehicle. If this is the case and you plan on using your own vehicle, please refer to the similar tour WITHOUT transportation.
My services as your private local and professional tour guide WITH private transportation for up to three persons. Larger vehicles are available at additional charge.
*** NOTE *** I can accommodate various groups of travelers. If you have specific transportation requirements, pricing inquiries or if your preferred start time isn't listed, please send me an email by clicking on the 'ASK A QUESTION' button that's listed on my tour page and profile. I will reply to you promptly. Thanks!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
30 USD - Per person cost of Air Boat ride you will pay directly to the operator. Subject to change. Cash only is accepted. Private airboat is not guaranteed. Please enquire for additional cost of a guaranteed private airboat.
Cost of Air Boat ride which you will pay directly to the operator. There are no additional charges on this tour. You are responsible for your own meals and beverages along with your vehicle expenses such as gasoline, tolls and parking, souvenirs and other related expenses.
Regrettably I am not licensed to pick up guests at Port Miami or Port Everglades in my own vehicle.
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Our guide Martin was punctual, reliable, very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to talk to. He adapted to all our preferences, even before we first met, and made all the necessary arrangements. He was great company and we certainly enjoyed our day and, especially, our lunch.