Everglades National Park is home to one of the most stunning arrays of wildlife and plant species in the world. When you visit the national park, you might encounter a manatee, crocodile, alligator, roseate spoonbill, or the highly endangered Florida panther. You might see pine, cypress, or mangrove trees. One of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in the unique and varied landscape of Everglades National Park is to take a guided tour with Garl’s Coastal Kayaking.
Garl or one of the other guides will meet the tour group at the Robert is Here fruit stand, an iconic place to have a fresh-made fruit smoothie or buy high quality produce for your lunch. The tour day begins with an adventurous hike through knee-deep water to hunt for alligators and snakes. In the muggy summer months, you’ll need a mosquito suit (which the company provides if needed) to protect you from the pesky blood-sucking insects. (Note: Winter is the best time of year to take a tour for both wildlife sightings and weather conditions.) After drying off and driving through the park hoping for a panther sighting, you’ll embark on a several hour kayaking tour through both freshwater and saltwater where you might see crocodiles, sharks, rays, dolphins, or several types of birds (although of course with wildlife, nothing is guaranteed).
If you enjoy the outdoors and like to incorporate physical activity into your vacation, Garl’s Coastal Kayaking Everglades tours are available in both a full-day and half-day option ($150 and $125 respectively, for adults). If you choose to take the full-day tour, you might get to end your day with a glass of wine while watching the sunset or you might take a night walk to spot feeding alligators. Either way, you are guaranteed an unforgettable adventure!
Garl’s Coastal Kayaking, 99010 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Featured Photo Credit: Rob Bixby