Swamp Outposts

The Best Places to Stay in the Everglades

There's an option for every kind of traveler.

By Cooper Levey-Baker February 27, 2020 Published in the March 2020 issue of Sarasota Magazine

The Rod & Gun Club

Clyde Butcher Swamp Cottage and Bungalow

52388 Tamiami Trail, Ochopee, (239) 695-2428, clydebutcher.com

See the Everglades through the eyes of acclaimed wildlife photographer Clyde Butcher by staying at one of the two units located behind his Big Cypress Gallery. Take a guided swamp walk during the daytime and light a campfire after dark. 

Miccosukee Resort & Gaming

500 S.W. 177th Ave., Miami, (305) 222-4600, miccosukee.com

A luxury hangout located right on the eastern edge of the Everglades, this resort offers 300-plus rooms with designer touches. Offers easy access to a golf course, a casino, airboat tours and more.

Rod & Gun Club

200 Riverside Drive, Everglades City, (239) 695-2101, rodandguneverglades.com

Built on the site of a former post office, the Rod & Gun Club opened in the 1920s and became famous for its easy access to good fishing. Today, it’s a dated but charming lodge with a gorgeous veranda. They don’t take credit cards, so bring cash or a checkbook. 

Hotel Redland

5 S. Flagler Ave., Homestead, (305) 246-1904, facebook.com/hotelredland 

Homestead has plenty of budget- friendly hotel chains. For a throwback experience, visit the Redland, located in Homestead’s oldest commercial building. Expect small rooms with quaint touches and be sure to hit up the City Hall Bistro & Martini Bar on the ground floor.

Chokoloskee Island Park and Marina

1150 Hamilton Lane, Chokoloskee, (239) 695-2414, chokoloskee.com 

This site offers both R.V. and tent camping, plus a lodge that can accommodate up to 10 people and smaller one- and two-bedroom rental units. The interiors are nothing special, but they’ve got roomy kitchens and comfy couches to lounge on after a day in the swamp.

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