Everyone’s looking for a slice of paradise that serves up a peaceful vacation spot. The Everglades International Hostel, near Florida City, has been welcoming visitors to its tranquil haven just off the Florida Turnpike for 16 years. Renowned as an “urban oasis,” the hostel treats visitors to an Old Florida-style tropical retreat rich in natural wonders, yet within hailing distance of Miami amenities.
A communal kitchen, dorm and camping facilities complement a full range of pet-friendly private rooms and baths as well as family and group dorm accommodations. The surrounding lush grounds feature a rope tree house, tropical gardens and a waterfall for cooling off during hot days. Everglades tours and canoe rentals can also be arranged and guests often enjoy unexpected and spontaneous entertainment on the premises.
Traveling artists periodically call this idyll home. This month the hostel hosts special guest Rafa El Raheem, a qi gong and Tai chi teacher and wellness coach with the Shin Wellness Center, in Miami. He’ll be leading classes and weekend retreats throughout July.
For more information, visit EvergladesHostel.com or call 305-248-1122. The hostel is positioned as a jumping off-point for Everglades adventures (10 miles west) and Key Largo (30 minutes south).