Wildlife in Florida’s Coastal Wetlands - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Wildlife in Florida’s Coastal Wetlands

from $2,130 USD per person for 5 days, 4 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Moderate Activity Level
  • Outdoor Expedition
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Trip Overview
Overview

Join us in Miami this November as we set off on a five-day adventure into the mangroves and swamps of Florida's Keys and Everglades. Alongside local naturalists, we'll explore high and low—in airboats, kayaks, and on foot—in search of the wildlife of this unique ecosystem, from dolphins and manatees to osprey, ibis, and 47 species of orchid. We'll paddle our way through mangrove forests, snorkel alongside sea turtles, and coast quietly alongside pods of dolphins and pairs of manatees. We'll meet with a park biologist to learn about Big Cypress National Preserve, visit a historic Seminole trading post in the 10,000 Islands section of Everglades National Park, and check out Ed Leedskalnin's Coral Castle, with an eye out for baby alligators. Adventure and discovery await.

Highlights
  • Observe local wildlife
  • Search for rare orchids
  • Kayak with a marine biologist
  • Snorkel with sea turtles

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info

Pricing & Accomodations

The total cost of this trip is $2130 and includes two nights of accommodation at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach, Miami, and two nights of accommodation at the Islander Resort in Islamorada. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided subject to availability at an additional cost of $400. Please contact us to request a single room. 

Activity Level

We recommend that you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. Be prepared to walk up to 3 miles per day through thick, muddy terrain. We will also be kayaking and snorkeling so basic swimming skills and a comfort with water are necessary. The Florida climate can be hot and humid and we will be spending much of each day outside. Your guides will provide sunscreen and water breaks, but this trip is not recommended for travelers who are particularly sensitive to heat.

Arrival & Departure

The Mondrian Hotel is a 35-minute drive from Miami International Airport (MIA). We’ll be meeting for dinner at 6 p.m. on November 7. To give yourself enough time to settle into your accommodations and freshen up before meeting the group, we recommend booking a flight that arrives in Miami by 3 p.m. Our trip concludes on Monday, November 11 at 4 p.m. We’re happy to help extend your stay if you would like to enjoy Miami or The Everglades on your own.

Included
  • Two nights at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach, Miami and two nights at The Islander Resort in Islamorada.
  • An expert naturalist guide as well as local experts on our excursions.
  • Welcome dinner, daily lunches, and snacks, plus a couple of cocktails at the Lorelei Cabana Bar.
  • All equipment rentals for kayaking, wet walking, and snorkeling activities.
  • Admission to all proposed activities and events.
  • A donation of $25 per traveler to Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.
  • Transportation within Florida following arrival at the Mondrian Hotel in South Beach.
  • A full briefing packet for each traveling, including background on the region we’ll be exploring, logistical details, a recommended reading, and watching list, and a packing list.
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura explorers, excited to discover all that the Everglades have to offer.
Excluded
  • Flights to and from Miami International Airport (MIA) and airport transfers.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including daily breakfasts and most alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Recommended carbon offset.
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Trip FAQs

We are visiting fragile ecosystems alongside an experienced naturalist who will help us ensure that we minimize our impact on the local  wildlife and habitats. Additionally, a donation of $25 to the Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is built into your trip price, and we encourage all travelers to purchase the optional carbon offset available for this trip.

Upcoming Departures

  • Nov 7–Nov 11, 2019
    from $2,130 per person
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