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Old 11-11-2008, 05:47 PM   #15
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We drove from Key West with numerous stops on the way to Homestead.
Spent the night at Homestead Wal MART to resupply then proceeded to Collier Seminole SP to explore the glades.Very doable.

Sounds good. Collier Seminole is on the list of possibles.

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Old 11-11-2008, 11:36 PM   #16
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An interesting "swamp" experience can be found along the Tamiami Trail (41) at Shark Valley. It's a paved bike trail loop that extends 7.5 miles into the Everglades to an observation tower. Bike rentals are available or there is a guided tram that you can ride. Gators slide up along side the trail to sun bathe and you can see them up real close. Lotsa birds.

Collier-Seminole is a nice park. Also check out Koreshan State Park in Naples. It was the home to a turn of the century cult that believed we lived inside the earth which was hollow. Interesting buildings and history plus canoe rentals and camp sites.
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It's great area but I thought Everglades city was a big waste of time.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:37 AM   #18
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Have driven Bahia Honda to Homestead many times. Should take you about two hours with the exception of a Sunday afternoon. Homestead to everglades city is about the same, maybe a little less time. This is the time to enjoy the Keys and the everglades without the bugs! Enjoy!
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Old 11-12-2008, 11:46 AM   #19
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Can anyone give me a little input on driving time from Key West to Homestead? Trying to decide if we should plan on driving from Key West to Everglades City or maybe hold up in Homestead Wednesday evening and allow a full day (Thursday) to enjoy the swamp.
We do this trip each winter. I now go straight to Collier-Seminole from the Keys. We once stayed overnight at the Homestead City campground, an experience we will not repeat.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:00 PM   #20
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We do this trip each winter. I now go straight to Collier-Seminole from the Keys. We once stayed overnight at the Homestead City campground, an experience we will not repeat.
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I agree,we felt 100% safer in the Wal Mart lot than we would have felt in the Homestead city campground.
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Old 11-12-2008, 09:26 PM   #21
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Guys, thanks for all of the replies. Good info and lots of help.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:07 PM   #22
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We had reserved at the Big Cypress RV Resort for Thanksgiving. I took a drive from Lauderdale this last sunday. It is 60 miles nice ride on 75 and then 19 miles comfortable 2 lane through cattle grass land. The campground is clean and with large wide lots concrete pads. We decided to change to Phipps Park in Stuart on the St. Lucie Canal that connects the Atlantic-Okochobee-Gulf for cruisers. The park has no sewer hookup but you are on the water. The lot we had over at Cypress #26 is nice. Very quiet there. Saw 5 vultures eating a freshly dead pit bull on the side of the road.
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