I was recommended to take one of the Everglades tours and as I was travelling by myself this time, a private tour was too expensive so I had to find a cheaper option. Booking it through America Tours in the lobby of the Carlton hotel on Collins as I happened to walk by, the low price meant my expectations were similarly low, and I wasn't surprised.
The pickup was 15 minutes late and the first thing you see in the bus is a sign reminding you to tip the driver. His brief intro included a few mentions of the other tours on sale, and a verbal reminder that tips are appreciated! It was a 40 minute drive from South Beach and we were on our boat within 15 minutes of our arrival. The boat trip lasted about 30 minutes and although our guide/driver was friendly and informative, we didn't see much wildlife - nothing the guide can do about that!
We then went straight into the gator wrestling show which I didn't enjoy at all but others seemed mildy entertained. Luckily it was over in ten minutes and then we had a free hour so you could buy lunch or souvenirs.
On the return trip the driver again told us to tip him so of course I didn't. I probably would've enjoyed it more if we'd seen some gators but the rest of the trip was just too annoying.
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