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“Unique and well run - fabulous tours to Everglades!”

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Everglades International Hostel
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New Smyrna Beach, Florida
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“Unique and well run - fabulous tours to Everglades!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2011

First of all this is a hostel, and run like one: communal meals, shared bathrooms, some very unusual travelers from all over the world. After staying on the Keys for a few days in pricey digs I wanted something less expensive for our two nights at the mouth of the Everglades. This hostel is run well. Rooms were clean, although it is an old 40's building and needs some repair, and honestly, its funky, but to me in a good way. Staying at a hostel is very different than a motel or hotel, you are thrown together with your fellow travelers to some extent and rely on their thoughtfulness in cleanliness in your shared spaces. We reserved a private room, one queen, although could have had one of their two shared rooms: two singles, or a dorm room: bunk beds. The shared meals were heavy on the pasta and grain, but okay and reasonable, breakfast is make-your-own pancakes and coffee. We stayed two nights. The highlight was a full day tour with Grahm. we had planned to drive to Flamingo, through the Everglades and return that evening, but signed up for Grahm's tour instead and we weren't sorry. We walked through knee deep water and mud to a cypress dome-magical. Walked a boardwalk trail spying many birds and gators, canoed in the mangroves near nine-mile lake, deep in the Everglades. Graham proved lunch: make-your-own turkey or veg sandwiches, which we ate standing up under a park covered picnic area while getting blasted by a torrential rainstorm. We were muddy, wet, tired and had big smiles on our faces when we returned. I took an outdoor shower at the hostel to end the exciting day. The back yard of the hostel is a crazy whimsical garden including 9' high waterfall, huge screened gazebo set up like a sultan's tent, a long bedroom tent with queen bed and bean bag chairs and pillows.The music goes on until around 11, then it quiets down. I met a few other middle-aged folks like myself and a number of friendly younger folks. All the folks in our tour (limited to 7) were staying at the hostel, you get a discount on the tour if you are, but can take it w/o staying there. If you're hankering for your hippy past, or familiar with hostels and comfortable with the lifestyle, this is a terrific place to stay. If the Hilton is your idea of travel accommodations, or you're uncomfortable being thrown together with your fellow travelers, pass this place up.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2011

I just got back from a trip, but I already miss this place.
It's not a 5 star hotel, but it has a lot more to offer than any resort.
My kids loved this place so much, and they asked me why we haven't stayed in hostel before.
Its location is perfect if you heading down to Key West or just visiting Everglades.
Dinner($5) was amazing.
Experience for yourself and I guarantee that you and your kids will like this place.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2010

Absolutely beautiful hostel within a stones throw of the everglades. Our stay was fantastic, both the rooms and grounds are gorgeous. The garden is amazing with its waterfall and hang out areas. Very clean and very friendly. We also took a tour with these guys into the everglades which was also excellent. Highly recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Vienna
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2010

After a week driving and tenting all over the state, we made our way all the way across Alligator Alley and decided to camp in the Everglades. Almost in the park, we came across an oasis of a hostel: 25 bucks a night and we were in a hidden paradise… Chavez even came down in the middle of the night to check us in though he was already sleeping and gave us an empty dorm room all to ourselves. The garden is a landscaper’s dream kept in shape by the numerous volunteers who stay for free - totally out of place in one of the not-so-stunning areas of Florida (the good thing about Florida City of course being the proximity to the Keys and the E'glades). A cascading waterfall drowns out the sound of the nearby passing cars, and the various tree species brought the temperature down from over 100 to a comfortable cool, breezy 85 or so. A once ugly cement gazebo and the only structure on the barren property back in ’97, it now serves as a sweet hookah lounge where nightly jam sessions are held in the winter season when it gets busy. We met some memorable characters there, as you do at most hostels, including a 33 year old named Mario who has lived without any money most of his life and is yet among the happiest people out there, strumming his guitar and talking about freedom. He reminded me of many drifters I’ve met along the way, people who understand the real meaning of life. Rooms are great, value is great, hospitality, great and the garden is better than great. Enjoyed our stay immensely, highly recommended :)

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2010

This is definitely the place to be when you are looking for a friendly, clean and very relaxed real backpacker hostel close to the Everglades National Park, the Keys and close enough to Miami!!!!!!!
I stayed last week for 5 nights and would have loved to stay longer! As it was low season, it wasn't very busy at the hostel and you could make use of the beautiful refreshing pool with waterfall, hang out on the sofas in the yoga tent or in the hammocks or smoke a hookah in the gazebo. The garden feels like a little oasis with many trees and plants that provide welcoming shade and a very chilled laid-back atmosphere.

The staff, mostly volunteers, are super friendly, easy-going and knowledgeable. They also organise tours/rental to explore the Everglades and you can rent your own canoe. There is always somebody working on something, cleaning the kitchen, rooms, house or taking care of the plants in the garden....The hostel provides free internet, free use of the kitchen, free linen, free parking and free coffee/pancakes in the morning. Backpackers might expect to find a bar at the hostel, but there is none and this is exactly which makes the place so peaceful and relaxed! There are supermarkets, restaurants and a bakery in walking distance.

Florida City is not the most beautiful place in Florida, but the Everglades Hostel is the best place in Florida City. I had a brilliant time and can still feel the refreshing water from the pool, the breeze through the garden while relaxing on the sofa.....good times!

Thanks, Owhn, Natchez, Mario, Hunter, Miguel and everybody else for being great hosts.
Hoping to visit again soon!
All the best from rainy Germany

Verena

Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2010

The Everglades Hostel was a fantastic place to stay. We met people from all over the world, had amazing communal dinners , & got to know the Everglades with their knowledgeable guide. We had such a pretty private room & relaxed in the gardens which are like a tropical jungle - fruit hanging off every tree.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2010

This hostel is run by hippies as a sixties/seventies commune. This has definitily its charm (expecially the garden in which you can spend the evening outside with the other people at the hostel). The facilities are a bit poor and are definitily outdated but the friendliness of the staff and its charm of being a hippy commune could make up for that (dependent on how much luxury one would like during stays at hostels).
Florida City is by far one of the most boring cities I have ever been to (although Homestead is a bit more lively, including its bars and restaurants). It is however close the Everglades National Park.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Everglades International Hostel
Address: 20 SW 2nd Ave, Florida City, FL 33034-4928
Location: United States > Florida > Florida City
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Florida City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A cozy laid back hostel just 10 miles from the Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park, John Pennekamp State park and the Florida Keys are just 45 minutes south.The hostel offers Guided Everglades Tours, canoe rentals and bike rentals. Close to Schnebly Redland's Winery, Robert is Here fruit stand and the Everglades Alligator Farm for Airboat rides! Plus Skydive Miami, R.F. Orchids and Coral Castle. ... more   less 
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