Florida Everglades Kayaking & Camping
7 Days, 6 Nights
Join us as we explore the wetlands of southern Florida by sea kayak. The Everglades are home to a rich diversity of plant and animal species and were named a World Heritage Site in 1987. The wetlands offer the silent sea kayaker a wonderful opportunity to explore and experience the sandy beaches, striking sunrises and famous “Chickees” where we camp each night.
Day 1: We meet at the Naples, Florida airport at 3:00pm. From the airport we will travel to Everglades City, our first stop within the Everglades National Park system. You will have time to explore the visitor center and quaint town shops. The evening will be spent enjoying dinner at a local restaurant to get acquainted. You will spend the night at a local hotel.
Day 2: Our first full day will be filled with kayak instruction in the local Thousand Islands area. You will enjoy lunch at the remote Chokoloskee Island. We will return to our hotel for a restful evening and dinner in Everglades City.
Day 3: We head out from Everglades City via van, visiting the Shark Valley Visitor Center and the Ernst Coe Visitor Center on the way to Flamingo. We camp at Flamingo with plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty of the Everglades, exploring by foot and kayak. Meals during our camping adventure will be created by your professional guides on camp stoves under the open sky.
Day 4 & 5: If the group and weather permit we will load up our kayaks with our belongings and head out to the remote heart of the Everglades to enjoy a night or two on Chickees, elevated platforms, built up and around the mangroves that create our sea kayaking playground. You will paddle some of the wonderful water trails that wander the mangroves visiting some of the numerous islands and remote sandy beaches.
Day 6: After returning from our camping adventure we will check in to a local hotel and enjoy our final evening together with a dinner of fresh fish and local fare in Flamingo.
Day 7: An early departure by van from Flamingo to Naples will allow you to comfortably make connecting flights home. **Itinerary subject to change depending on conditions and availability of campsites in the Everglades. In order to provide the finest and most complete wilderness experience, we strongly encourage and expect participation in all camp chores, including cooking, washing dishes, setting up and breaking down camp. We will provide all meals on the trail, tents, all camping and cooking equipment, and all kayak-related equipment. It is essential that you know how to swim to participate in this trip. You will be sharing a tent with fellow participants each night.
The Florida Everglades are located in the Southern portion of Florida. The Everglades are considered a national region of tropical wetlands. The weather patterns differ as there is frequent flooding during wet seasons, and drought in the dry seasons.
History Trivia: The Seminole Tribe gave the large body of water the name Okeechobee meaning “The River of Grass”