Miami Everglades RV Resort and the Monkey Jungle

It is neither in Miami proper, nor the Everglades National Park but it is called Miami Everglades RV Resort, probably because it is equidistant to both places. It is actually the closest resort type RV park to the City of Miami. We spend the weekend camping there. We also go to the nearby Monkey Jungle, and historic attraction, part of the Redlands Trail.

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The Monkey Jungle is a historic theme park in south Florida dating back to the 1930s. The concept is that humans are caged while the monkeys run free, and that’s true to a certain extent. The visitor walks through these caged passageways, while the monkeys are all around you, running free, playing and occasionally fighting each other. There are several small metal trays hanging from the ceiling where you can put some “monkey food” and they pull on a chain to raise the tray and eat the food. Some species are behind bars and you can feed them through a pipe. The one exception is the gorilla, which is technically not a monkey. The gorilla is considered an ape because it lacks a tail. Formerly belonging to a circus, it seems to be the only trained animal in the whole park. They put on a show where they make him do certain acts for the enjoyment of the visitors. There’s also an “Amazonian Jungle Experience”, in which for an extra charge you get to interact directly with the spider monkeys. There is also a swimming monkey presentation. Even though the park’s glory days are far behind it, especially after it was partially destroyed during hurricane Andrew in 1992, it is still a pretty unique experience and I would recommend it.

Back at the RV resort, it has all the amenities of a good RV park. We visited in the low season so it was nearly deserted. We spend the rest of the time relaxing, swimming in the pool, grilling, and biking around the park’s trail.

As always, thank you for watching and see you on the road!

Weekend in Marathon, The Florida Keys

Marathon is a relatively large city located in the middle Florida Keys, just before the Seven Mile Bridge. It is composed of several islands, none of which is called Marathon, oddly enough. The name probably comes from an expression used by railroad workers during the construction of the Overseas Railway, conveying that the fast pace work felt like running a marathon. That’s what they named the train station, and the rest is history.

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We spent a weekend there recently, at Knights Key Campground, at the island just before the Seven Mile Bridge. It is a beautiful tropical paradise. $68 per night in the off-season will buy you a harbor site with your own dock. We wanted to use the inflatable boat so that’s what we got, only to find out it was only convenient to launch it during high tide, which is what we did. One of the best beaches in the Keys, which is not saying much, is nearby. It is called Sombrero Beach, named after its namesake reef, former key, and lighthouse nearby. We spent the weekend enjoying the outdoors, eating the local seafood, and relaxing at the many tiki bars in the area.

It was my intention to bike the old Seven Mile Bridge, but the National Park Service has decided to close it down, in a renovation project that could last years. At least we got to walk on it a few years ago, and to be fair, it was in pretty bad shape. It had already been closed to vehicular traffic, and in recent years it had become a popular spot for biking and jogging.

We are planning to go back in the winter, if we can find a vacancy, in order to enjoy the high season, when the tiki bar by the beach is open and the park is full of snowbirds. It will be interesting to see the seasonal differences.

As always, thank you for watching the videos and see you on the road.

 

Jensen Beach, Florida’s Treasure Coast

We spend a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of Miami in this laid back Old Florida town: Jensen Beach in Martin County. See you on the road, riding with my RVjensen-beach-thumb-play
Jensen Beach is located in Martin County, Florida, in an area north of Palm Beach and south of Cape Canaveral forgotten by time. Here, life a lot more laid back and high rise condos are few and far between.
In this week’s video we visit a small town in the Treasure Coast of Florida. The name of the coast originated from the loss of the Spanish Treasure Fleet in a 1715 hurricane in these shores. It is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, being just over two hours away. This is also the Indian River Lagoon area. The lagoon is the large body of water between the barrier islands and the mainland.
We are staying at the Pitchford RV and Mobile Home Park, which is so old school that they don’t even take credit cards. We know it is going to be a great time, exactly what we need. Beside the beach, we also sample the local cuisine, visit a historic site called the House of Refuge, the fishing village of Salerno, and neighboring Stuart.