The Everglades: Where to Sleep and Eat

Motels and restaurants are scarce

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Unlike many national parks with famous lodges, Everglades National Park has no overnight facilities for anything but camping.

A small motel did exist at Flamingo for many decades but was destroyed by storms and building a replacement has been agonizingly slow. The Buttonwood Cafe near the Flamingo Visitor Center is open during the winter season only.

Homestead visitors will find the closest facilities at Florida City and the city of Homestead near the Florida Turnpike.

Shark Valley visitors end the day in the middle of nowhere since camping is not available here. Closest accommodations are at Homestead city and on US 41 near Miami.

Entryway to the Ten Thousand Islands is at the edge of Everglades City, which has a small but adequate number of motels and restaurants. These include the Everglades City Motel, Ivy House bed and breakfast and the historic and rustic Rod and Gun Club Lodge and Marina.

At A Glance

US 29
everglades city 34139

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