One of the gems we have in South Florida is the Everglades. While many of us infidels are familiar with and have traveled extensively into the Everglades, there are way too many people who do not even know of its existence. Folks would rather hang around Wal-Mart and South Beach and the various strip malls in Kendall it would seem. I find more out-of-towners and foreigners in the Everglades than I do locals.
The best time to go here is from Mid-December through April. This is the dry season where the skeeters are not around and when the air is cooler. This is where many of the birds come to hang out during the winter. This is where you can come pretty close to all species of wading birds, gators, and other fascinating critters you typically don't see in the mundane existence of City life.
The trail is on a boardwalk so you don't even have to get dirty people. The best time to get there is really early in the morning when the birds go out to roost. Great photo opportunities here for birds in flight and close ups. You'll find photographers with point and shoot cameras and those with the monster 600mm lenses as well.
You'll find me there too. I love this place.
Just take the Florida Turnpike South to the end and follow the signs to the Everglades National Park. It's the first turnoff on your left after the guard gate at the Royal Palm Visitor's Center.
By the way, a special thanks to Henry from Cuban-American Pundits for helping me put up the new PPB Logo that you see above.