How About a Funky Florida Hostel this Winter?
Ever been to the Florida Everglades? It's a wonderful place to see and experience. We visited not long ago and were thrilled to see how well the alligators have recovered from their previous endangered status.
Alligators have lately posed something of a problem due to proliferation in more built-up areas. But the Everglades is where they truly belong and can be enjoyed in their natural habitat.
They are joined by crocodiles (can you tell the difference?**) among 50 other species of reptiles, 45 species of mammals and 350 species of birds including my favorite, the weird, but delightful anhingas that settle in the scrub trees along the sloughs to dry their wings after diving for fish.
**Here's the answer.
And it's warm and sunny in South Florida while much of the US moves into winter.
I found this great little totally funky hostel where you can have a private room for two for $50 a night. It's called Everglades International Hostel. Here's how it's introduced on their website:
"A friendly laid-back atmosphere and an ideal location for day-tripping all of South Florida's attractions like the Everglades National Park, the Keys and Miami are just the tip of what makes our hostel so special... whimsical tropical gardens, internet access, free calls anywhere in the US, large-screen movie room, fully equipped kitchen, free all-you-can-eat make-it-yourself pancakes, free street parking, laundry facilities and all this with no curfew or lock out!"
I think this picture says it all, don't you? To get the full effect, you really need to explore the facilities link on the site.
The website is great--lots of links to tours, places to see and things to do, including bike tours, canoe tours, the odd coral castle--hey--even sky-diving if you up for it (I'm definitely not!).
Here's their home page link: Everglades
But if you decide to book it, I'd sure appreciate it if you'd use my link through Hostel World on the left sidebar. ;-)