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Fakahatchee Strand Preserve

Visiting South FL State Parks – Big Cypress – Everglades US National Park

pic/wildlife gatorEverglades FL visitors can observe Florida Wildlife in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve – a swampy wilderness managed by the Florida Environmental Protection Agency and located near Everglades National Park.  Fakahatchee has been called the “Amazon of North America”. The Fakahatchee is the world’s largest strand swamp. Get the most of your Florida Everglades Vacation by following the links below. A part of the everglades was protected from development and turned into a United States National Park in the 1930s. Ask us about The Fakahatchee or Florida State Parks, The Everglades or share FL travel comments. Feature your south FL business, contact us.

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve FL State Park – South Florida Vacations

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve – Everglades National Park

137 Coast Line Dr, Copeland, FL 34137

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve is part of Everglades National Park ~ listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on October 24, 1979. We suggest a visit the this natural area during your FL Everglades Vacation.

 

Everglades Wildlife Viewing Eco-Tours

Double R's Fishing and Tour Company
Double R's Fishing & Tours Co. - 25000 Tamiami Trail East - Port of the Islands, Naples, FL 34114-9602 | 239-642-9779
Explore the natural habitat and wildlife eco-system of the south Florida Everglades. Our two and a half hour eco-nature tour starts in the heart of the Everglades where you will see manatee, then takes us out into the middle of the estuaries of the 10,000 Island to observe the Everglades wildlife.
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Sunshine Fishing Charters Marco Island FL
Sunshine Tours and Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours offers the best in Offshore, Back Country and Near Coastal Fishing, Island Shelling and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provide unsurpassed on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private fishing charters available.
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“The Fakahatchee” is biologically rich place.  The waters here are tied to the flow of the Everglades. More than just a swamp, Fakahatchee is a mesh of cypress trees, ocean prairies, tropical hardwoods, salt marsh, mangroves, and majestic royal palms. Bring your camera.

An interesting scenic drive into the Fakahatchee is called Janes Scenic Drive. Find info below about this rural roadway into the Florida swamps and prairies.

Fakahatchee Strand Preserve FL State Park EvergladesSouth Florida wildlife include: otter, alligator, crocodile, deer, bobcat, and bear. The park is  also home to many endangered species, including: the Florida Panther, West Indian Manatee, Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly, Wood Stork, Snail Kite, Leatherback Turtle and many more.

Canoeists and kayakers enjoy exploring the scenic beauty of this sub-tropical wilderness. Anglers prowl the mangrove filled backwaters seeking snook, snapper, tarpon and redfish.

The land birds are mostly migratory living north or south of the everglades and stopping in as food and weather mandates. The birds of prey that reside in the everglades include the red-shouldered hawk, barred owl, eagle, and osprey. Some of the wading birds currently living in Everglades National Park include the white ibis, wood stork, various types of herons and egrets, as well as the Caribbean flamingo.

Janes Scenic Drive

Jeep on Janes Scenic Road

What is Janes Scenic Drive?

Janes Scenic Drive began as a railroad bed for logging the Fakahatchee’s old-growth Cypress trees in the 1940s. Today, this unimproved narrow dirt road gives visitors access to a portion of Florida’s remaining subtropical wilderness.

The Drive starts at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park’s ranger station and terminates 11 miles later at the boundary with Picayune Strand State Forest.

Getting There

Access to Janes Scenic Drive starts at the community of Copeland (map). Copeland is on SR 29, 2 ½ miles north of Highway 41 (The Tamiami Trail); 14 miles south of I-75 (Alligator Alley). The road is open from dawn to dusk daily. Remember to stop off at the ranger station to deposit your park entrance fee in the honor box. Here you will also find a map board, park brochures and primitive restrooms.

Do plan on a leisurely trip. Please drive slowly to protect the wildlife. Watch for basking alligators, which may climb out onto the Drive to warm up in the sun — all part of the adventure. You’ll also go slow to protect your vehicle’s undercarriage from the numerous ruts and potholes. After heavy rain it may be advisable to seek advice from the ranger station on the road’s condition.

Everglades Fishing Tours

Captain Phil DeVille Fishing Charters
Capt. Phil DeVille – 10,000 Islands Backwaters - Everglades National Park Fishing Tours, Port of the Islands, Naples, FL | 239-293-5480
Share Captain Phil's passion for the Ten Thousand Islands - Florida Everglades charter fishing trips. Fish for Snook, Red Fish, Trout, Snapper, Flounder and more from a 17' Mitzi Skiff Flats Boatfish. Over 15 varieties of edible fish and great sport fishing. Up to 189 species of birds may be seen in a single trip. View alligators, crocodiles, osprey, eagles, dolphin, and manatee.
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Sunshine Fishing Charters Marco Island FL
Sunshine Tours and Charters, Rose Marina, 951 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island FL | 239-642-5415
Sunshine Tours offers the best in Offshore, Back Country and Near Coastal Fishing, Island Shelling and Sightseeing aboard one of our four fishing boats. Since 1984, Sunshine Tours has provide unsurpassed on-the-water experiences for locals and visitors alike. Shared and private fishing charters available.
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Double R's Fishing and Tour Company
Double R's Fishing & Tours Co. - 25000 Tamiami Trail East - Port of the Islands, Naples, FL 34114-9602 | 239-642-9779
Experience some of the best charter fishing south Florida has to offer. Our captains have 30+ years of experience to help make your Naples / Marco Island fishing trip one to remember. Fishing in an estuary is a unique esperience! You'll fish for Snook, Red Snapper, Drum Tarpon, Trout, Tripletail, Shark, Grouper, or Pompano. These are just a few of the many species in the 10,000 Islands.
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Outgoing Charters Captain Jesse Hill
Outgoing Charters - Captain Jesse Hill, Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Port of the Islands, FL | 239-825-6283
At Outgoing Charters the customer comes first. Whether it's family fun or hardcore fishing, Captain Jesse Hill is a 4th generation native guide who will cater to your specific wants and needs. Light tackle, back country fishing in Everglades National Park and the 10,000 Islands. Fish for redfish, snook and more. You'll enjoy a comfortable boat with quality gear. Captain Jesse's ultimate goal is to exceed your expectations.
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Everglades Lodging – Hotels & Resorts

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Visit the south Florida Everglades for your Everglades USA Vacations. We found South Naples and Everglades Hotel Deals available for a limited time. See the Florida Everglades, take a Eco-Tour to view wildlife, fish the backwaters of the 10,000 Islands. Play on the Gulf Coast white sand beaches.
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