2 Parks near Everglades National Park, Florida
Apr 2016 - $15.00
We arrived on the last day when you need to have reservations, and then stayed for 4 more days. There were about 10 other campers when we were there, so the place really cleared out at the beginning of April. The T (for Trailer) loop has electricity at the sites. You can fill up with water at the bath houses, and there is a dump station. This is NPS, so it is no frills camping. You are at the end of a 38 mile road in the Everglades. Fill up with gas and do your grocery shopping before you come. Flamingo is on the shores of beautiful Florida Bay. The Flamingo marina is just a mile or so away. Bring your bicycles, it helps to get around the Flamingo area. We kayaked in Florida Bay, and did a lot of bird and animal watching. The bugs were bad at dusk on the fringes of the campground near the trees. The campground ranger and camp host were very helpful and friendly. There are vultures everywhere in the Everglades. It was comical to see them sitting on the top of the bathhouse roof in the campground. - ShoreXplorers
Apr 2016 - $15.00
The large campsites offer little privacy but have extremely easy access. A site with electricity probably requires a reservation. There is no water at the campsite, so we filled our tank upon arrival. We also brought drinking water with us as we'd heard the water was not great. The bugs weren't too bad, but we were out toward the center of the T loop where the ranger said the problems were less. One downside is no phone, no wifi, and no TV. We enjoyed the kayaking and fishing very much, plus all the great bird and animal viewing. We took the boat trip out into Florida Bay which was nice. We had done the backcountry trip a few years back. The store has a few basics, plus lots of souvenir times. A small restaurant offers pizza, burgers, fries, and even beer. This is one of the very best values for camping in this part of Florida, for sure! I expect this campground might see more business as 2 of the large RV parks in the Keys are closing this year, so campsites in South Florida will be at a premium during the winter season. It's not for everyone, however, as it is quite remote to shopping and services. - Bernalillo_Girl
Jan 2016 - $15.00
We stayed here in the T electric section for two weeks. Unfortunately, it was quite a cool month. The upside, however, was that there were only a few days where the mosquitos bothered us. Nice level sites with concrete pads. Lots of space between sites. Great hot showers heated by solar panels in the nearby tent sections. Lots of alligators, crocs and amazing birds! Do take the ranger walks and talks. - Cape Cod Mama
Apr 2015 - $16.00
We stayed here during the first few days of off-season, which runs from April 15 until November 20. During this time, the site check in is self service - the station at the front of the campground is not manned. Note that the visitor's center closes at 5pm during off-season, so get here earlier if you have any questions.
So here is a breakdown of the off season process (since I couldn't find much information myself):
- When you drive in, there is a brown box on the station with a lid attached to it that is full of registration form/pay envelopes. Grab a few if you're not sure how long you'll be staying. The station is swarming with what appears to be bees, but don't worry, they're just giant horseflies (just slightly less terrifying).
- Drive around until you find a site you like - the majority will be open. They look small, but will fit a standard sized RV or trailer. There's a map on the side of the station that shows the sites & has them color-coded by length (we saw later that the "tiny" site we pulled into with our 30ft RV was, in fact, color coded for 31-38ft). Based on the map, sites seem to be able to handle 15ft to 45ft vehicles.
-Once you pick a site, fill out the envelope you got earlier, fill with cash (exact change only), tear off the top "receipt" to put in the vehicle window, seal the envelope, and stuff it in the slot labeled "pipe safe" next to the station. The people that work for the park call this the "iron ranger", the sign at the station calls it a "deposit box", the actual location says "pipe safe" - they're all the same thing.
-If you have a tow vehicle, you are allowed to park it on the grassy part of your site
The camp has 108 sites total, but only the first 15 are open during off season. Sites are very clean, with no hookups - just a fire pit and picnic table. LPK is close to all the good trails, and is better than Flamingo in my opinion. Note that there are no showers, only toilets, so tent camping might be more difficult. - LanderWust
Jan 2013 - $16.00
A basic but beautiful park with spacious sites. Park is in a forest. Abundance of birds provides a nice background sound. Would give 10 points if it had showers. - Chbronson
Feb 2012 - $8.00
Very poor TV & Verizon phone & data. Rate is with Golden Age pass. No reservations. Water and dump available. Most sites are full sun. Park closes in summer. - earlymun