On our Roadtrip from New York to Key West, we followed the Lonely Plant Guide to this amazing place! So what makes a place/hostel amazing: Very positive and relaxed atmosphere, great people and interesting characters (not weird characters, just interesting!), very clean rooms and beds, a backyard with tree houses, hammocks, a fresh-water waterfall to swim in (no kidding!), tents with pillows and blankets, bonfire places and a big fully equipped kitchen! It was so great that we decided to stay one more night, not because of the Everglades, because of this Oasis!
AND: The full day Everglades Tour! I am normally against Tours because they are expensive and you want to experience the nature by yourself, BUT this tour was the most well spended 100$ on the whole Roadtrip!
The Tourguide, his name is Alex, was exactly the kind of Guide we wanted on the Tour through the Everglades. Just imagine Crocodile Dundee, with the brain of a biologist and the physical ability to kill every Alligator on the way (he couldn't but he would at least try it;-))- this is Alex. At first we went on a trail, where Alex made a quick introduction to all the plants, fishes and of course the animals. No highly academic talks, just short and interesting stories about all the species we saw on the trail (we saw 36 Alligators piled up at one spot!). After that we went on a Swamp Tour through a cypress forest- great scenery for great pictures! And then came the Highlight: the Kajak Tour through the mangroves! My heart was just beating when we passed those calm and relaxed looking alligators! This was by far the closest I will ever get to such amazing animals! So like the last 3 reviews said before: If you are in Florida, go to the Everglades Hostel and do the tour!!!