Wildlife in the Everglades is More Concentrated During Dry Months

Wildlife in the Everglades is More Concentrated During Dry Month

Millions travel to South Florida each year, hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous Everglades wildlife, namely the alligator. If you are wondering when the best time to make the trip is, the airboat captains at Everglades Holiday Park will tell you that there is never a bad time to go on an Everglades airboat tour! The 1.5-million-acre marshland is a wildlife mecca 365 days a year. However, experts know spotting wildlife is sometimes easier during certain times of the year.

The Everglades experience a dry season and a wet season. The dry season is typically between December to April, where the water levels and temperatures experience a sharp drop. These environmental changes bring beneficial changes to the landscape, but some insects, such as mosquitos or horse flies tend to diminish. Since insects are fewer and wildlife is greater, the dry season is an ideal time to visit the Everglades to spot some awesome animals in their natural habitat.

Tourists are not the only ones who flock to the Everglades during the dry season; birds and other wildlife spend their winter in the Glades as well. Large numbers of animals tend to congregate around the remaining water holes, and birds fly South to the Everglades for nesting. Numerous kinds of birds migrate down to the Everglades to escape the colder weather up north. As the dry months progress, animals become more active, especially alligators. You will have no problem spotting these large reptiles during your Everglades airboat tour.

An Everglades airboat tour during the dry season brings the best of both worlds: an array of wildlife and a pleasant atmosphere. South Florida during early winter is warm and sunny with a refreshing breeze to make your time in the Everglades comfortable and fun. Leave the work to our experienced captains at Everglades Holiday Park Everglades Holiday Park. With years of experience navigating the terrain, they know exactly which spots to take you to in order for you to have a great experience.

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Take an Everglades Airboat Tour Before the Summer Season Sets In

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For your Everglades airboat tour to be as comfortable and as enjoyable as possible, booking your trip in the early months of the year, before summer, is ideal. The summer months in Florida are great for embarking on a tour of the Everglades, but the experienced airboat captains at Everglades Holiday Park also recommend going on a tour during the winter months or the months just before summer.

If you are not native to South Florida, you may not be aware of just how hot and humid it can be. Although the summer months are the most popular months to vacation in South Florida and do outdoor activities, the locals will tell you that the very best time to visit is right before summer, when the weather is cooler.

The months following winter have the best weather conditions for an Everglades airboat tour. While out on the beautiful waterways of the Everglades, you want to be comfortable while witnessing some of Florida’s most prized and honored animals, like the Florida alligator. During the summer season, water levels, humidity, and temperatures are high, which tourists and locals love, but outdoor activities are especially enjoyable when the weather is slightly cooler.

When temperatures and water levels are high, wildlife in the Everglades becomes more dispersed. In the drier season of December through April, the water levels are lower and you are more likely to quickly spot birds, fish, and alligators. Not to mention, the chances of running into pesky mosquitos are lower.

Keep in mind, South Florida blesses its residents with pleasant weather almost year-round. So, if you do happen to be in town during the summer months, you will still have a great time on an Everglades airboat tour. Our captains know the lay of the land like the back of their hand, and they will bring you to the best spots for sighting fish, birds, and the famous Florida gator.

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January Fishing in the Everglades

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Many Floridians prefer to spend a bright, sunny day casting their lines out on the water. Luckily, there is plenty of perfect weather and thousands of spots to catch some big fish in South Florida. Whether you like fishing the intercostal or the deep blue sea, you are guaranteed to reel in some beautiful fish and aquatic life; but, don’t forget to check out fishing in the Everglades.

If you have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to go fishing in the Everglades, January is a great time to start. January brings colder weather, which forces all kinds of fish to wander together throughout the shallows of the Everglades. The shallows range from 18 inches to three feet of water, making it perfect to spot fish and reel them in.

Snook, Redfish, and even massive Tarpon are commonly spotted in the waters of the Everglades throughout the early winter months, since they migrate to the calmer backwaters for warmth. While the rest of the country is buried in snow, Floridians are soaking up the rays and fetching their boats to go fishing in the seemingly endless miles of Everglades wetlands and waterways. Rent a Jon boat and fishing rods from our on-site rental facility, and purchase bait and tackle to go fishing off our docks or through the Everglades waterways. You can even join in on one of the January fishing tournaments held in the Everglades to really have some fun and test your skills.

Just coming to visit? If you wish to scout some of the local fish, opt for an Everglades airboat tour and learn all about the land and the most popular fish inhabiting the area; you may even see an alligator or two.

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Learn About Florida’s Coral Snake in the Everglades

 Learn About Florida’s Coral Snake in the Everglades

An effective ecosystem is comprised of many parts, from the various terrain and water, down to the reptiles, fish, birds, bugs, and algae. Each part plays a vital role in sustaining the thriving life of the Everglades as we know it today.

When you visit Everglades Holiday Park for a one-of-a-kind Everglades tour, you are guaranteed to see some rare and fascinating wildlife, including one of the most unique creatures living within the river of grass; the Coral Snake.

Coral Snakes are small, slender, and brightly colored. While their patterns may vary, every Coral Snake has red bands surrounded by yellow bands. They are typically skinny, and many people have a hard time determining the head from the tail, which they use to their advantage. The Coral Snake has vivid colors and distinct characteristics that might not look threatening, however, it is important to know that this snake has the second strongest venom of any other snake on earth. Not to worry, bites from Coral Snakes are extremely rare, and you are always safe on an Everglades airboat tour with us.

Other snakes in the Everglades tend to disguise themselves as Coral Snakes by displaying similar body patterns, so a rhyme has been created to help distinguish a Coral Snake from other, less threatening snakes: “Red and yellow can kill a fellow; red and black, friend of Jack.”

On your Everglades tour, your experienced captains will point out the various animals living within the Everglades and teach you about how they live, cohabitate, and hunt. Coral Snakes tend to be reclusive, and prefer burrowing in marshy or wooded areas, but they are most often spotted in the spring and fall.

Call us today at 954-434-8111 to book your one-of-a-kind experience on an Everglades airboat tour.

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Mangroves in the Everglades

 Mangroves in the Everglades

On your Everglades tour at Everglades Holiday Park, the boat captain will take you through various channels of winding waterways. As you zip across the river of grass, you are bound to see masses of tangled roots forming thick, dense mangroves. You might wonder what exactly these are, and how they contribute to life in the Everglades.

What exactly are mangroves? Mangroves are trees and shrubs that are adapted to life in brackish water environments. They are typically red, black, or white. They look like dense, thick, tangled prop roots that make their connected trees appear to rise above the water. Mangroves are shaped like this as an adaptation to the daily rise and fall of the tides, which happens twice a day. They are built to withstand the harsh growing conditions and subtropical climate of South Florida.

Everglades National Park has the largest stand of protected mangrove forests in the hemisphere. Mangroves are essential to life in the Everglades. They stabilize the coastline and reduce erosion from storm surges, waves, and tides. They provide a safe habitat for birds, reptiles, fish, and other animals seeking shelter from Everglades predators.

During the dry season, you can expect to see wading birds within the mangroves of the Everglades, using them as a home to feed and nest. During the wet season, mangroves serve as a defense against the strong winds of hurricanes traveling across South Florida.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on your Everglades tour, as your captains will point out various animals hiding within these mangrove forests, like brown pelicans, snowy egrets, largemouth bass, alligators, iguanas, raccoons, and snakes.

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