Where to stay near Everglades National Park

  • Post last modified:April 12, 2021
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Where to stay near Everglades National Park

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 options for where to stay near Everglades are Naples/Marco Island, Miami/Fort Lauderdale and the Upper Keys.

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Where to stay near Everglades

Staying in Everglades City

Everglades City is the option with the best possible access to Everglades National Park. The small town is located right on the western border of the park. When you stay in Everglades City you have the Everglades atmosphere around 24/7.

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

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.

To sum up, Everglades City is a great option if you want to get Everglades ambience as close to the wilderness as possible. The Everglades hotels have all you need for a comfortable stay. But you should look somewhere else if you prefer a beach location or higher-end hotels.

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  • Stay here for: Best possible access to Everglades NP.

Popular Everglades City hotels

Below you find popular Everglades accommodation options where you comfortably can stay near Everglades National Park.

  • Everglades City Motel – Everglades Adventures Inn. Everglades City Motel is probably the most classic Everglades motel there is. The comfortable rooms are all you need for the time when you’re not exploring the park. And you only have about a mile to Gulf Coast Visitor Center from this Everglades motel.
  • River Wilderness Waterfront Cabins. The unique River Wilderness Waterfront Cabins in Everglades City is a great choice for an Everglades trip. When you stay here you can take advantage of the incredible waterfront view and the outdoor swimming pool. The Everglades cabins are also brilliantly located just roughly a mile away from Gulf Coast Visitor Center.

These hotels recommended for where to stay near Everglades National Park constantly receive good reviews by their customers. Click on a hotel for more information or use the booking tool further down to see all Everglades hotels.

Gator in the Everglades
A gator in the Everglades.

Staying in Naples/Marco Island

Naples is located west of Everglades. On a Naples vacation you have a beautiful time with picturesque beaches, great shopping and fine dining.

From Naples to Everglades City, where you find Gulf Coast Visitor Center, the driving time is about 50 minutes. So you don’t get the accessibility here that you get if you stay at an Everglades National Park hotel in Everglades City.

On the other hand the lifestyle in Naples 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 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. Marco Island has just like Naples a beautiful beach, and the island is even situated a little bit closer to Everglades City.

Both Naples and Marco Island are great options that merge the beach stay with Everglades National Park. 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 here for: Gulf Coast vibe and good access to Everglades NP.
Waves crashing in on Marco Island
Island vibe on Marco Island.

Staying in Miami/Fort Lauderdale

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. Close to Ernest Coe you additionally find the short but appreciated Anhinga Trail.

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

So you need to count with a driving time of around one hour to get from Miami/Fort Lauderdale to Everglades. It’s not as convenient as the suggested Everglades National Park hotels, but it’s a very rewarding day trip to make.

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 here for: East Coast life and decent access to Everglades NP.
Beach with palm trees and high rises as base for Everglades visit
Beach and city atmosphere in Miami.

Staying in the Upper Keys

Another option is to have the Upper Keys as your home base when you discover Everglades. 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 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 the Everglades 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 here for: Florida Keys and decent access to Everglades.
Blue water, white sand and green palm trees
Islamorada in Florida Keys.

Search for a hotel near Everglades

Use the booking tool below to find the perfect accommodation for your stay near Everglades. Browse the map for options in various areas, or click on the search button to get all Everglades National Park hotels listed.

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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.

Are there any hotels in Everglades National Park?

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

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