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Flamingo Campground
Ithaca, New York, United States
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52 reviews
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“GO GO GO”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

GO to the everglades and go all the way to the end to flamingo to see crocks and manatees. While I did not see one they have a listing of sightings and if you can swing it take a boat ride for a better chance of seeing these critters. Take a lot of bug spray and be on the look out for gators crocks and manatees plus all the blue herons you could imagine. This is an amazing place.

Room Tip: BRING BUG SPRAY!!!!! Campground rooms are great.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

First, understand that this is NOT a resort. It does not have the sorts of facilities that a fancy RV park has. But what it does have is proximity to some of the most beautiful nature you will ever encounter. And it meets all of your basic needs comfortably. There, having got that out of the way, let me tell you about why we love this place!
Everglades National Park is BIG. On the Miami side, it has one major paved road that meanders its way all the way the the southern tip of Florida, and that is where Flamingo Camground is located. Most visitors never venture past the first 10 miles at the north of the park, so as you go farther south, you will have less and less company to scare off the wildlife on the beautiful nature trails.
Flamingo Campground has never in all the 25 plus years I have camped there, been overcrowded. You can usually pick your campsite yourself. Campsites are massive and beautifully grassed, bigger than most house lots nowadays. Some sites have trees, some don't - take your pick. The washrooms are large, clean, and they do have hot water, though it is provided by solar panels and i find that how hot the water is does vary from time to time. I have always found an irritating lack of counter space or hooks to hang your toiletry bag however. Each campsite has a BBQ grill or firepit.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The campground is at the very end of the park as you drive south. So once you arrive there, you will face a long drive back north to get to the nearest grocery store or coffee shop. So go prepared with most of what you need. Right in Flamingo, there is a small store at the marina that sells the sort of things a corner store does and a small restaurant (Buttonwood Cafe) for those lunch or dinners when you just don't want to cook another meal. But other than those two options, you will be eating whatever you drove in with you. This is NOT the time to discover you forgot to bring your cereal!
From the campground you will have a multitude of lovely nature walks to do. Our favourites are the Mahogany Hammock trail which winds through hardwood jungle/forest and often has barred owls to be seen, and the Anhinga Trail, where you are guaranteed to see dozens of alligators and more wading birds and herons than you could possibly imagine - most only a few feet away from you and going about their own business oblivious to you.
From the marina you can rent canoes and you can go out on the bay, or down the canal into the backcountry. You can also take boat tours to the bay (we saw dolphins!) or down the canal to the backcountry. These are normal boats as air boats are environmentally damaging to the Everglades and are not allowed in the park.
FINAL AND IMPORTANT NOTE: The time of year to go is critical. Winter and spring are the dry season in the Everglades. Especially by March, this means that animals are closely packed into water holes, often engaging in entertaining mating rituals, making for great viewing, and there are very few mosquitoes. Summer is NOT the time to visit, as the mosquitoes can be unimaginably bad, AND there is less to see. Besides, if you go when it is cooler, there is a chance of seeing manatees in the water by the marina!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Flamingo, Florida
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

January 2013 we were there for 2 weekend enjoying as much as possible.......soooooo much to do, see, here the awesome Ranger talks/tours, Kayaking, birding, biking, hiking just to mention a few things...... So we are heading back today for another week for more fun times before we leave Southern Florida.........Our National Parks are sooooo wonderful to expierence. Seeeeeee yaaaaaaaa in the National Parks.......... R(O)(O)(O)(O)ger

Room Tip: Camping.........on the grid or off, just doing. Families....recommend older children no toddlers.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Greenbelt, MD
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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Thanks for the tip about reduced mosquitoes in the walk-in sites in Loop A. We got a spot near the water and the breeze definitely helped at dawn and dusk. Thankfully, there was nothing biting during the day. The ranger led bird walk was very good, as was the evening star talk (wear long pants, sleeves and put on bug repellent!). Don't miss the Anhinga Trail and the canoe trail at Nine Mile Pond. I only wish we had planned to stay longer. The birdlife and unique habitat make this a special place. Don't miss Robert Is Here, the fruit stand on the way into the park from Homestead. The canistel, mango and passion fruit shake was one of the best I've ever had and the homemade guacamole was outstanding!
One last thing: this park is in need of Federal funds to upgrade the facilities. It's looking a little tired. Write your representatives in Congress and the Senate to increase funding for our national parks. They are priceless.

Room Tip: February seems to be a good time to visit the Everglades. Temperatures were warm, but not hot. The s...
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Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Homestead, Florida
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Well if you are looking for a no frills camping experience, you have come to the right place. It is a rustic camp ground with hiking trails and lots of wildlife, but no campground amenities such as a pool or playground for the kids. They do allow ground fires, which is fun for the kids to roast hot dogs & marshmallows. There is also a “beach side” where you can camp and fish. You can launch a kayak or canoe from there as well. No swimming is permitted. Our tent site (no water/electric) was only $16.

Some of the loops have solar showers, ours did not. We only had a bathroom with a large washing sink out front. There is a Marina (far walk, so keep your car handy) and a Marina store. Be sure you bring enough Ice with you, because bags here are $5 per bag! It says there is Café, but we did not visit, so I can’t comment on the food.

We only stayed 2 days, and did enjoy ourselves, except for the horrible mosquitoes. It said that it was low during our stay, but you could have fooled us. We were covered in bug spray and had candles, etc., but nothing helped. Unfortunately, we won’t visit here again, because of them.

For a day visit, however, it’s a great place to hike, fish, kayak or canoe.
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Room Tip: Beach walk up sites may be better for mosquitoes due to cross breeze. Also, choose a loop that has...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Sunnyvale, California
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

I have camped here for about 6 or 7 nights altogether on 3 occasions, interspersed over by 2 trips to Everglades Flamingo area. I am a birder and love shooting all kinds of Raptors and wading birds. This place is simply a haven. The best thing about this place is that you don't have to searching for birds - they come to you. During the latest trip in the last week of Nov 2012, something went bizarrely wrong and my wife and I ended murdering about 200 mosquitoes inside our tent before we could sleep. Actually, I had been to this place earlier in December 2008, and did not have this problem at all. But this time, the entire campground was swarming with mosquitoes, and as a result, I know that I going to have a tough time to convince my wife to camp there again in the future.

Room Tip: I prefer the first-come-first-serve spots over those which require advance booking, since the former...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is a very barren area for children. There are no facilities for children. No pool, no beach, no play ground. The facilities are not as advertised on the web site. The hook ups are electric only no water at the site.as advertised. It is secluded. Absent ATT for cell service and satellite tv there is no outside world. Not bad really, but difficult with children. There is a central pump out.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Flamingo Campground
Address: Everglades National Park Main Road, Everglades National Park, FL 33034
Location: United States > Florida > Everglades National Park
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Everglades National Park
Number of rooms: 274
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