Airboats and Alligators; a Winning Combination
By : Timothy Harvard Category : Travel
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The west coast of Florida is nicknamed “the Gold Coast”; there are so many things to see and do.  Without exception one of the most exciting things to do while on vacation is to combine the speed of one and the thrill of another, what are we talking about?  Airboats and alligators of course!  You can ride on a fast open air airboat where alligators abound; i.e. if you know where to look.  Some places to explore to find such adventure is Lake Trafford and Corkscrew Swamp along the headwaters of the Everglades lining the West Coast of Florida.

But don’t think for a second that your day will be limited to airboats and alligators, no way.  Along the historic Everglades National Park you will see many native animals and birds.  You may even catch sight of the famous Florida Flamingo. But the Flamingo is just one of the many birds the Everglades Park has; there are scores more that are indigenous to just this natural habitat.  With so much development in the State of Florida it’s great to take a boat ride through some of the last remaining natural habitats around.  Completely untouched the Everglades National Park has been a haven for many endangered and threatened species.

Both the young and the old can enjoy the day of airboats and alligators, whether you fancy bird hunting, or photography, or just the eco-tourism, the Everglades offers more of what every vacationer should see of the original Florida habitat.  And there’s no shortage of space; Lake Trafford encompasses over 1500 acres of protected land where the most abundant inhabitants are alligators, native birds, and other swamp creatures.

Located just North of Collier County, the Naples Florida area, one can take advantage of all the great fishing available on Lake Trafford while still remaining close to civilization.  The famed fishing of Lake Trafford offers so many varieties of fish, for instance Bass, Shellcracker, Crappie, and Bluegill just to name a few.  This natural wonder is one of the few unspoiled nature areas around and what better way to spend the day than with a thrilling ride on an airboat and alligators tour?

The nice thing about the airboat alligator tours is that the guides are so very knowledgeable about the lay of the land, how it came to be, and the many creatures that inhabit the famed Lake Trafford.  Did you know that the only way to reach Lake Trafford is by airboat?  Well it’s true, this lake is so pristine with such little traffic that you could easily spend the entire day on a self-guided tour and not see the same thing twice.  For the less adventurous they make guided fishing tours available, as well as the ability to create a custom tour to anything your particular party wants to do.  Certainly worth a visit, no trip to South West Florida is complete without an airboat and alligator tour.

See all that the Southern Coast of Florida has to offer by taking one of the many tour available in the Everglades from almost any location in SW Florida.  For a list of the most popular choices you need look no further than Eco Safari, your absolute leader in Everglades’tours with knowledgeable guides that can highlight the importance of this fragile ecosystem.










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