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Miami Everglades RV Resort, near Miami, Florida

Miami Everglades RV Resort, near Miami, Florida

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

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I split a week at the Miami Everglades RV Resort near Miami, Florida, staying three days before going down to the keys, and four days after. While I was there I took a day to see the everglades, by airboat and by car.

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Id Flights_GFT_2018_0123
Title Miami Everglades RV Resort, near Miami, Florida
Subtitle A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour
Keywords Miami, Florida, Miami Everglades RV Resort, MUSEUMVALUE, FOSSILSITE, Miami Everglades, STORY
Author Jim Fulton
Author's URL https://fenixnest/Phoenix/
Copyright 2018
Status Published: 2018/3/27
Last Revised 2018-03-29

Miami, Florida

Arrived 2018/1/23 2018/2/2
Day of Tour 185 195
Nights Stayed 3 4
Departed 2018/1/26 2018/2/6
Map miles from last stop 128 98
Mileage on arrival 30,900 31,308
Actual miles from last stop 180 158
Accumulated miles for trip 13,995 14,403

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I split a week at the Miami Everglades RV Resort near Miami, Florida, staying three days before going down to the keys, and four days after.

During the first segment of my stay, I took a day to see the everglades, by airboat and by car, a real bucket-list item for a Kansan.

When I returned I set out to explore Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Boy, was that a disappointment! Miami is Trump Towers (three of them!) writ large: pack 'em in and suck the money out of their wallets. I couldn't even park anywhere to go look at the beach or walk through the park. Miami is instituted a county-wide parking system that requires your license plate number, but it would not accept my out-of-state plate! Growl!

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Miami Everglades RV Resort

This is another Thousand Trails/Encore park that seeks to pack as many as possible into their "resort" experience. It was better maintained, and easier to navigate with its angled parking, than the Winter Quarters Pasco Resort that I reviewed earlier. It too catered to monthly and seasonal residents, and sought to provide a warm winter community. For me its primary charm was that it provided ready access to the Everglades.

But I won't come back!

What makes this campground, and all Thousand Trails/Encore parks, unacceptable to me from now on, is the failure of their reservation policy. TT promises to provide hundreds of parks, wherever you want, either free or heavily discounted with your Zone Pass. I purchased said pass and used it to pay for my stay at LaConner RV Park, and I intended to use it again in Florida, both in Miama and in the Keys. However, they don't let you make reservations in their parks before sixty days in advance. What they don't tell you is that the parks are making reservations outside the system much earlier than that, and that in high demand places like Florida in the winter, there will be no discounted sites left when their window opens. I was able to get into Miami Everglades only by paying the high, non-discounted price. I find this truly Trumpian practice appalling, and never will I fall for it again.

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Miami Everglades RV Resort
Address 20675 SW 162nd Ave
Miami FL 33187
Home Page https://rvonthego.com/florida/miami-everglades-rv-resort/
Phone ‭(877) 570-2267‬
Associations
Rate (net US$) $70
Pros
  • Warm winter weather
  • Lovely scenery
  • Ready access to Everglades
Cons
  • Tightly packed
  • Utterly intolerable reservation policy
Reviews (as of 2018/3/4)
Reviewer Rating Out of
RV Park Reviews 7.3 Good 10
Good Sam 8.5 10
Tripadvisor 4 5
Phoenix 4 10
  Site Type pull-through  
  Site Size 7 10
  Ease of Access 7 10
  WiFiPhoenix 7 10

Points of Interest

The Everglades is fascinating. It's huge! It covers almost the bottomquarter of the Florida peninsula. If Florida is Uncle Sam's beard, then the Everglades is the part he stuck in his coffee and is dribbling out along the Keys. A more accurate analogy is that Florida is an old, moss-covered board, lying almost flat on the surface of the ocean. Rain anywhere seeps slowly down to the soggy end of the board (the Everglades), where in gradual steps it changes into open sea.

The Everglades is much more variegated than my poorly tutored brain had been led to believe from Pogo and movies. Though there are in places the dark, boggy forests like Al Capp's Okeefenokee, there are also many square miles of swampy sawgrass. All of it filled with wildlife: waterfowl, fish, and the occasion gator. If I could visit the Everglades again without dealing with Florida, I'd come back.

The Journey to Miami

My first was on the drive to Miami, when I entered the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. The Everglades, like everywhere else, is divided into this region and that by arbitrary and invisible human lines, but Nature has drawn her own line around the Everglades as a whole, a line that is quite visible and obvious. It's a line that says, "The Wild begins here!" Also like everywhere else, man keeps pushing at Nature's lines. Sometimes Nature cedes the territory; sometimes she gets annoyed and pushes back!

Anyway I crossed Nature's line into the wild, and saw her abundance: life-ridden swamps as far as I could see, with long-legged waterfowl of all kinds pressing their beaks to her teat.

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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Everglades Wildlife on the Journey to Miami
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Miami Everglades

What does a native Kansan do when he arrives in the Everglades for the first time? He takes an airboat ride! And he looks for gators, and other wild things!

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Phoenix on an Airboat
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The Sawgrass Sea
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The Sawgrass Sea
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Birds
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Birds
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Birds
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Great Blue Heron
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Snowy Egret
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Turkey Vultures
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Turkey Vultures
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Fish
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Alligator in the Sawgrass Seat
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Alligator at Everglades National Park
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Alligator at Everglades National Park
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Alligator at Everglades National Park
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Alligator in the Wild
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Alligator in the Wild
Can you spot him?
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Onward

After my first stop in Miami, I drove down to the Florida Keys. After my second, I headed up the east coast to Orlando.

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