Staying Safe in the Everglades
When visiting Everglades Holiday Park, it is extremely important to familiarize yourself with the safety precautions, so that you can have a secure and enjoyable experience. You must bear in mind that the Everglades is a wildlife site, and there are very real and very wild threats in it. However, if you are prepared, then you have nothing to worry about. Staying safe is a priority for us here at Everglades Holiday Park, and that is why we would like to provide you with some information for staying safe in the Everglades.
- The climate dramatically changes by season here.
- The dry season: From December to April, the temperatures reach a high of 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and a low of 53 degrees Fahrenheit. There is a chance that a cold front can sweep in and cause near freezing temperatures, although this is rare due to the fact that the Everglades is a subtropical region. Water levels drop, and mosquitos and other bugs become nearly non-existent during this season. The larger animals all group together near bodies of water since there is a scarcity of water during this period. Bird-viewing is excellent during the dry season as well. Since wildlife with gather closer to water patches, staying safe in the Everglades during dry season means keeping an eye out for wildlife near water patches – so that no one gets hurt or does not see a potentially threatening animal in close proximity.
- The wet season: From May to November, the weather is especially hot and humid. There is heavy rainfall caused by daily, short-lived afternoon thunderstorms. Water levels rise, and it is more difficult to find the larger animals readily visible. There is an increase in mosquitoes, and there is a greater likelihood for there to be tropical storms and hurricanes.
- Make sure that everyone in your group is relatively at the same competency level for outdoor activities. If you are engaging in a physical endeavor, such as hiking, biking, or paddling, then it is important that everyone in the group is able to keep up. Otherwise, it can be uncomfortable during your activity, and potentially dangerous. A great way to stay safe in the Everglades is by going in a group where everyone is fit enough to be able to react in case of a dangerous encounter.
- Know the terrain. Staying safe in the Everglades includes studying a map before visiting and tackling the terrain. Before planning an activity such as a biking trip, you should know the distance of the trail, as well as how long it takes to complete it. Also, always tell someone of your exact plans just in case an accident occurs. This way, if you are gone too long, someone can come get you.
- Prepare before you go. Bring plenty of water since the Everglades is hot and humid, and you can easily become dehydrated. Also, have insect repellant with you, sunscreen, and proper clothing for your activity.
- Supervise young children. Wild animals are more likely to attack small children than adults. This is why you must be especially vigilant with your children. Do not let them linger around bodies of water.
- Do not feed the wildlife. Do not even feed the birds! It is illegal to feed wildlife, and you will be extensively fined for committing this act. If you feed wild animals, they begin to associate people with food and they become aggressive towards humans.