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Introduction

Everglades City is a town of 500 in the Everglades National Park. This region is part of the 10,000 Island section of Florida. It is the best place in the 10,000 Islands to rent kayaks, or hook up with an air boat. It even has a little airport, so you can fly in or book a float plane.

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Sights and Activities

Smallwood Store

At the southern end of Route 29 is Chokoloskee Island. Smallwood Store is a museum which used to be a trading post, general store and a post office. It was established in 1906 and remained open until 1982. When the doors were shut 90% of the original goods were left in the store. Today it is a museum. Here you can learn about the pioneering days of Florida.

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Getting there

By Car

From Naples - Everglades City is about 50 kilometres from Naples. To get there, you have to go south (which is really west), on Tamaimi Trail (which is really 41), the scenic route to Miami. This road is primarily straight at 60mph, and along the way there is dense flora and fauna. Go about 40 kilometres, until you see the Everglades Station/Subway, a gas station on the intersection of Route 29. Take a right turn here. Across from here is an information center. It's a good idea to stop at the information center and query the receptionist for oodles of local lures and charms. Approximately 8 kilometres south on Route 29 is Everglades City.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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