Everglades camping in Everglades National Park

Everglades camping for front-country visitors

With regard to Everglades camping, two campgrounds are available for front-country visitors: Long Pine Key and Flamingo. There is a fee during the busy season, but in the summer off-season no fee is charged, but then very few stay in the Everglades in the summer, so you may have the whole campground to yourself.

Special Note: In summer, the Park seems to go into semi-hibernation mode. The main gate, in my experience, is sometimes left unattended at night, not good for campers' safety or security because anyone who's up to no good can freely enter the Park at those hours to engage in who-knows-what type of illegal activity. I'm not saying this is a major problem, but I think you should at least be aware of the potential for problems.

Long Pine Key Campground

Long Pine Key campground is only six miles from the Ernest F Coe Visitor Center. This campground is in a setting of pines, and has restrooms, but no showers. There are no electrical hookups. Water is from a common spigot, and not available in each individual campground.

During those times when mosquitoes are bad, in my experience Everglades camping is much better at Long Pine Key than at Flamingo. The mosquitoes at Flamingo are much worse than at Long Pine. Flamingo is in a saltwater setting, and I think it's the saltwater mosquitoes that are the most voracious. From the campground, you can access miles of Pineland Trails.

Flamingo campground

Flamingo campground is 38 miles into the Park, at the end of the road. Camping is in open areas with some palms and other trees scattered about. There are restrooms and showers--cold-water showers. B-r-r-r-r. These aren't bad in the summer, but who stays in Flamingo during the summer? At that time of year, you're better off at Long Pine Key. In winter, believe it or not, the air can sometimes get chilly, even in way-south Flamingo. I've seen the overnight temperatures in the Everglades drop into the mid-thirties fahrenheit, although this is not usual. In winter, overnight temps in the 50's aren't too uncommon.

Flamingo campground in Everglades National Park

For supplies, the marina store in Flamingo sells some food items, charts, insect repellant, clothing, and other things campers might need. They also sell gasoline, but I never like to come to Flamingo planning to buy gas here. Murphy's law says "If anything can possibly go wrong, it will." What if you have no gas, and the pump doesn't work, or whatever. Gas is almost always available, but it's probably best not to chance it. I usually try to fill up in Florida City, then maybe top off in Flamingo.

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