Gulf Coast Visitor Center

activities / Boating & cruises

Gulf Coast Visitor Center information

Everglades City , USA
Address
Street 815 Oyster Bar Lane, off Hwy 29
Telephone
+1 239 695 2591
Telephone 2
+1 239 695 3311
More information
http://evergladesnationalparkboattoursgulfcoast.com (boat tours)
Prices
per day canoe/single kayak/tandem kayak $24/45/55
Opening hours
9am-4:30pm mid-Apr–mid-Nov, 8am-4:30pm mid-Nov–mid-Apr
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Lonely Planet review

This is the northwestern-most ranger station for Everglades National Park, and provides access to the 10,000 Islands area. Boat tours depart from the downstairs marina into the mangrove flats and green islands – if you’re lucky you may see dolphins springing up beside your craft. This tangled off-shore archipelago was a major smuggling point for drugs into the mainland USA during the late 1970s and early '80s; bales of marijuana were nicknamed ‘square grouper’ by local fishermen.

It’s great fun to go kayaking and canoeing around here; boats can be rented from the marina, but make sure to take a map with you (they’re available for free in the visitor center). Boaters will want to reference NOAA Charts 11430 and 11432.