Miami: Everglades National Park (January 2015)

 

I’ve already seen the beach, the artsy parts, all the touristy places. What else was there to do? I looked up things to do on a last minute attempt and found the Everglades.

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There are multiple entrances to this national park, so we picked the closest one. About an hour drive from Miami Beach, we entered through Shark Valley Visitors Center.

Directions to Shark Valley Visitor Center
36000 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33194

From Miami, Shark Valley Visitor Center is located on Highway 41 (Tamiami Trail / SW 8th St.) 25 miles west of the Florida Turnpike, exit 25A (from the north) and exit 25 (from the south).

There’s a parking fee of $10 and a guided 2-hour tram tour ($23). OR you can rent a bicycle or just walk the 15-mile route.

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Our tour guide was amazing and entertaining, it was such an informative ride.

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She actually stepped out of the tram into the water. She also educated us on the difference between swamps and rivers. This is not a swamp but a river, because swamps are unmoving and the water here indeed flows.

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We reached the observation tower.

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Along the way we discovered alligators, birds, all different types of species.

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Tip: take the last tour at 4PM; it is otherwise known as the sunset tour.

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Look at all those birds! She told us to be silent for a few minutes to listen to them.

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Tram tour was over. As we stepped off and were about to leave…

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The alligators were so swift and got on land really quickly. It was time for us to leave.

I Yelped a place nearby that had pretty good ratings. There isn’t much around the area but we found this gem!

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Finka Table & Tap – AMAZING Korean-Peruvian-Cuban fusion food!

 

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Decor: hip.
Service: friendly.

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Ceviche / Sweet Potato Mash / Red Onions / Cilantro

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Korean Pork Ribs / Garlic & Parsley Truffle Fries

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Grass Fed Oxtail in Merlot ReductionMushroom Risotto

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BEST DISH EVER — Cuban Fried Rice / Shrimp / Maduros / Pineapple / Cilantro Aioli / Fried Egg / Scallions

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Cocktail: Yuzu Me & Izu You

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Dessert: Arroz Con leche (fried into balls!)

Such an amazing meal, definitely pay a visit if you ever happen to be in the area!

Finka Table and Tap
14690 SW 26th St
Miami, FL 33175

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