There’s so much to love about the Everglades, from hiking to boating to wildlife-watching. But naturally, spending time in the great outdoors can get a little… well, complicated. Mosquitoes and heat being the biggest factors. So if you’re looking for a place to stay while at the Everglades, with some much-needed AC and without having to make the long drive back to the city, the new Flamingo Lodge & Restaurant is the place to be.
Located in Flamingo, the southernmost tip of the Florida peninsula within the Everglades, the lodge features a total of 24 rooms, constructed from durable shipping containers and raised off the ground by stairs. The rooms vary from two- to one-bedroom suites and studios, and four rooms are ADA accessible.
Inside, guests will find a blend of industrial chic with subtropical influences, from palm tree-themed window shades to calming blues and greens.
And each suite boasts a balcony view overlooking the scenic Florida Bay (sunrise and sunset-watching, anyone?).
The original Flamingo Lodge was a popular visiting spot for nearly 40 years. After hurricane damage in 2005, the National Park Service began planning for a reconstruction in 2018, integrating resiliency and storm protection into the design and building.
Adjacent to the lodge is the restaurant — also made from durable shipping containers. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers South Florida fare in addition to a full-service bar. Each meal is accompanied by neat views of nearby FL Bay, of course.
“It is an honor to partner with the National Park Service to open the Flamingo Lodge and Restaurant,” shared Nico Foris, chief executive officer of Everglades Guest Services. “We are thrilled to continue our tradition of excellence in hospitality, offering another option at Flamingo in addition to our campsites, eco-tents and houseboats.”
While you’re at the lodge, check out the nearby Guy Bradley Visitor Center, a redesigned center that opened its doors in July. It was renamed for the first Audubon game warden and features exhibits for visitors to learn more about the coastal ecosystem and its inhabitants.
Flamingo Lodge & Restaurant is now open for bookings. Get more info on their website.