Where to stay near Everglades National Park, Florida

  • Post last modified:June 10, 2021
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Where to stay near Everglades National Park, Florida

Everglades is a unique treasure that’s located in South Florida. The incredibly vast tropical wetland is home to birds, lizards and gators. This place attracts millions of visitors each year. But where to stay near Everglades National Park for the best experience?

Best access to Everglades National Park you get from Everglades City. Other great places to stay near Everglades are Naples/Marco Island, Miami/Fort Lauderdale and the Upper Keys.

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Where to stay near Everglades

Everglades City – The best Everglades National Park hotels

Everglades City is the option for where to stay with the best possible access to Everglades National Park. The small town is located right on the western border of the park. There are no hotels in Everglades National Park itself but Everglades City is as close to the park as it gets.

When you stay at Everglades National Park hotels in Everglades City you have the Everglades atmosphere around 24/7. The authentic ambience makes Everglades City a unique place to stay at Everglades National Park.

That Everglades City sits so close to Everglades National Park is also very comfortable for visiting the park.

In Everglades City you find the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, airboat operators and a gateway to the waterways and mangrove islands in the southern end of the park. So the Everglades National Park hotels in Everglades City sit extremely convenient for exploring the huge national park.

In fact, there are no Everglades hotels located closer to Everglades National Park than the hotels in Everglades City. So Everglades City is great if you want a true Everglades stay.

But when you stay at an Everglades City hotel so close to the wilderness you can’t expect a beach front or dreamy resort. You find some great Everglades accommodation in the town, although the Everglades National Park hotels in Everglades City aren’t five-star options.

To sum up, in Everglades City you stay right where the wilderness begins with authentic Everglades ambience. That makes Everglades City the best place to stay for Everglades National Park. The Everglades City hotels have all amenities you need for a comfortable stay. But you should look somewhere else than the Everglades National Park hotels in Everglades City if you prefer a beach location or higher-end hotels.

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  • Stay in Everglades City for: Best possible access to Everglades NP and authentic Everglades ambience.

Recommended hotels in Everglades City

Everglades City Motel, Adventures Inn – Classic Everglades accommodation

Everglades City Motel is probably the most classic Everglades National Park motel there is. The comfortable motel rooms at the Everglades National Park accommodation is all you need for the time you’re not exploring the park. And you only have about a mile to Gulf Coast Visitor Center from the Everglades motel.

River Wilderness Waterfront Cabins – A unique place to stay in the Everglades

The River Wilderness Waterfront Cabins is a unique place to stay in Everglades City and a great choice for an Everglades trip. When you stay at the Everglades accommodation you can take advantage of the incredible waterfront view and outdoor swimming pool. The unique Everglades cabins are also brilliantly located just roughly a mile away from Gulf Coast Visitor Center.

Gator in the Everglades
A gator in the Everglades.

Naples/Marco Island – Stay at hotels near Everglades National Park on the Gulf Coast

Naples is located west of Everglades. On a Naples vacation you can have a beautiful time with picturesque beaches, great shopping and fine dining. And as a bonus Naples also sits relatively near Everglades National Park.

From Naples to Everglades City, where you find Gulf Coast Visitor Center, the driving time is about 50 minutes. So in Naples you can stay at hotels near Everglades National Park and effortlessly make trips to the park.

But you don’t get the accessibility here that you get if you stay at an Everglades National Park hotel in Everglades City with the park just minutes away.

On the other hand the lifestyle in Naples on the Gulf Coast is more than endurable. The west coast of Florida is very pretty and known to have calmer waters and a slower paced lifestyle, compared to the east coast and Miami.

Marco Island sits south of Naples and is also a superb option for where to stay when visiting Everglades National Park if you like the idea of a slower pace and want to stay on an island.

The island has just like Naples beautiful beaches and Marco Island is even situated a little bit closer to Everglades City. That makes Marco Island another great Gulf Coast option with hotels near Everglades National Park.

In short, both Naples and Marco Island are great options that merge the beach stay with Everglades National Park. In Naples and on Marco Island you find great hotels near Everglades National Park. And when you stay here you effortlessly can enjoy and combine the beautiful slow paced beach life of Florida’s west coast and the wilderness of the vast wetland.

  • Driving distance: ≈ 31-37 miles (50-60 km)
  • Driving time: ≈ 40-50 minutes
  • Stay in Naples/Marco Island for: The Gulf Coast and good access to Everglades NP.
Waves crashing in on Marco Island
Island vibe on Marco Island.

Miami/Fort Lauderdale – Stay on the East Coast for Everglades NP

If you stay east of the Everglades in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area you can combine beach and urban life with life in the wilderness.

Shark Valley Visitor Center is located around 50 minutes west of Miami. If you stay in Miami/Fort Lauderdale you are also about an hour away from Ernest Coe Visitor Center further south.

And if you want to travel even further south, Flamingo Visitor Center is another 50 minutes away from Ernest Coe Visitor Center.

The driving time at around an hour makes it a great option to stay in Miami/Fort Lauderdale when visiting Everglades National Park.

But you don’t get that Everglades accessibility here that you get if you stay at an Everglades National Park hotel in Everglades City with the park just a stone’s throw away. And it’s also slightly longer than the drive from Naples/Marco Island to Everglades National Park.

In short, Miami/Fort Lauderdale is a great option for where to stay near Everglades if you want to be able to combine a beach vacation and a big city pulse with exploring the famous wetland.

  • Driving distance: ≈ 41-62 miles (66-100 km)
  • Driving time: ≈ 50-70 minutes
  • Stay in Miami/Fort Lauderdale for: The East Coast and decent access to Everglades NP.
Beach with palm trees and high rises as base for Everglades visit
Beach and city atmosphere in Miami.

Upper Keys – A laid-back place to stay for Everglades NP

Another Everglades lodging alternative is to have the Upper Keys as your home base when you go to explore Everglades National Park. Then you get both the laid-back atmosphere of Florida Keys and the wilderness of the huge Everglades wetland.

Florida Keys is famous for the relaxed island vibe and fantastic activities in and on the water. Boating, diving, snorkeling and fishing are popular activities here. And the whole drive from Miami to Key West is spectacular.

From Key Largo in the northern part of the Upper Keys it takes about 50 minutes to get to Ernest Coe Visitor Center, southwest of Homestead. If you prefer to stay a little further south in Islamorada, you need to add another 30 minutes to that. And from Ernest Coe Visitor center you need to add another 50 minutes to get to the Flamingo Visitor Center.

Visiting Everglades is not as effortless from the Upper Keys as it is from the Everglades National Park hotels in Everglades City. However, it’s a very fun and dimension adding day trip to go from the Upper Keys to Everglades.

Summing up, to stay in the Upper Keys is a great option if you want both Florida Keys and Everglades National Park in one package. When you stay here you combine the laid-back atmosphere and the water activities of Florida Keys with the Everglades wilderness.

  • Driving distance: 37 miles (60 km)
  • Driving time: ≈ 50 minutes
  • Stay in Upper Keys for: Florida Keys and decent access to Everglades.
Blue water, white sand and green palm trees
Islamorada in Florida Keys.

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Where to stay near Everglades FAQ

Here you find the answers to some frequently asked questions about where to stay near Everglades National Park, Florida.

Where should I stay when visiting the Everglades?

The city with best access to Everglades National Park is Everglades City, which sits right on the park’s western border. In the small city you get the Everglades ambience 24/7. Marco Island and Naples on the Gulf Coast sit 40 to 50 minutes away from the park and are also good options if you prefer to combine Everglades National Park with a beach stay.

What city is near Everglades National Park?

Everglades City is the town that sits nearest Everglades National Park. The city sits right on the western border of the national park.

Are there any hotels in Everglades National Park?

There are no hotels inside Everglades National Park. However, the hotels in Everglades City conveniently sit on the western border of Everglades National Park.

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