Its mid February and the Everglades continue with plenty of gators, dolphins, manatees, and a crazy variety of birds. The highlight of the trip is usually the hour+ boat ride thru the Ten Thousand Islands, where we catch the boat behind a century old trading post. Our guides are fisherman, all with century long family ties to the area.
Expect to see:
- Dolphins (usually)
- 150+ alligators
- Roseate Spoonbills (usually)
- 200+ White Pelicans
- 2000+ year old Calusa Shell Mounds
- American Bald Eagle (sometimes)
- Manatees sometimes (more on city tour)
- Ospreys and Hawks
- Wood Storks
- Lots of Herons, Egrets and Ibis
*Hour+ boat ride thru the 10,000 Islands to the Gulf of Mexico
+ stone crab lunch on fishing docks (not included) Oct-May
+ Airboat to a Miccosukee Tree Island for gators, birds and history +Fakahatchee State Park for birds (time permitting) + Clyde Butcher photo studio in Big Cypress w swamp traill
All private tours can be customized. Upgrades include:
- Longer boat ride (My fave! I’ll even split the cost with you I like it so much). Hate to rush when dolphins are putting on their show! The longer boat trip can be decided at the last minute on early am pickups, or after lunch, when the boats are least busy.
- Sunset on the Gulf boat tour is an extended tour great for birds
- Kayak trip down East River (I have a guide with all permits)
- Hiking or Swamp Walk (your guide must have a Big Cypress permit)
- Private airboat (capacity of 6) add $300 for the best guide in park. Path follows Big Cypress border north. Spectacular!
- Stop or drop off @ Wynwood for graffiti art. An easy 20-30 minute stop on way back. Maybe my best stop on city tour.
- Manatees back in Miami are an easy check
- These last two stops in Miami are similar to combo packages sold to European visitors, except, beware, my Everglades trip is not two hours round trip, its a 7-8 hour tour, plus the Wynwood or maantee stop
RATES, TOUR TIMES, STOPS AND WHAT TO BRING
Adults (3-4 People) – $150 each
Adults (5-6 People) – $140 each
Adults (7-12 people) – $120
Seniors and Children < 12 $20 less
Veterans on groups of 5 or more are half price (one per group)
Note: This is a long tour for infants and kids. Bring ipad and games.
I have a CDL and access to mini buses. For groups > 12, please call me.
Everglades’ Archaeology is overlooked by 99.9% of visitors. Our boat captains lived on these islands for generations before the National Park kicked them out after WWII. While our Calusa mounds aren’t as impressive as Mesa Verde or Tikal, they are older, worn down my hurricanes and rising sea levels
Miccosukee Tree Island
- Airboat ride to tree island where Miccousukee lived for generations fleeing the US Army
- Tour highlights the unique history of Miccosukee tribe
- How they differ from Seminoles even though both came into Florida fleeing Andrew Jackson
- We also see remains of the Calusa, the dominant tribe in Florida when the Spanish arrived
- For Downtown pickups, we cover the Tekesta tribe history and some of their archaeological sites. Also covered on our city tour.
Ten Thousand Island Boat ride to Gulf of Mexico
The Almost Always Bucket list:
Dolphins Roseate Spoonbills Tons of wading birds Calusa Shell Mounds
The sometimes bucket list:
Sawfish Sharks Rays Turtle nests Manatees
Miami Native Tours’ Everglades
- Cross section of habitats all the way to Gulf of Mexico
- Big Cypress, Mangrove, Prairie, Sawgrass
- Hundreds of gators thru May
- No selfies with gators – No animal show.
- Airboat to Miccosukee tree island 40+ minuteswhere Miccosukee lived for generations
- No stopping for other guests (unless shared. 2 stops max on shared)
- No commission from Miccosukee. I prefer the referral
Typical Everglades Tours
- Sawgrass region
- Hand fed gators
- Animal show and selfies
- Airboat on Man made canal 22 minutes
- Possible 5-12 pickups & drop offs
- Transfer to bus
- Sticker placed on guests with group number required for driver’s commission on food and gifts bought