The 10,000 Islands are Barrier Islands off the coast of Southwest Florida that are part of The Everglades National Park.
If you compare the size of the parks in the National Park Service, Everglades National Park is number three in the nation in terms of acreage. You can get lost out there if you want to.
They have a guided tour of these islands that leaves from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center
in Everglades City, FL. The tour from The Visitor Center to The 10,000 Islands is on a covered Catamaran boat.
If you get there early before a tour there is an observation tower nearby
that has very nice views of the surrounding area.
The tour on the boat takes about 90 minutes. Although it was Slim Pickings that day in terms of wildlife,
and Royal Tern, natural Weather Vanes as their beaks always point in the direction of the oncoming winds,
could be seen on the way to the islands and The Gulf of Mexico.
After the tour my dining companion (DC) and I decided on some food. Only a few places were open this time of year in Everglades City for lunch, one being City Seafood.
When eating here, you can sit downstairs either at the picnic tables,
or upstairs which outside has a good view.
Should the bugs and heat get to be too much, there is an air conditioned, enclosed area upstairs as well.
They have an interesting Menu
and items are ordered from it in their seafood market
and picked up by the kitchen along with plenty of Condiments.
DC and I tried a number of things from the menu.
Clockwise from left, we sampled fried Oysters, Coleslaw, Cracked Conch and fried Grouper Fingers. Overlooking the fried aspect of the meal that day, the seafood was really fresh and delicious.
On the way back through the Everglades we searched for Alligators. It was very hot that day and all the alligators must have been hiding. Alas, the only alligators that could be found were inside the local Marathon filling station.
That's that for another post on Forks.
72 Begonia St.
Everglades City, FL 34139