Flamingo is the southernmost headquarters of Everglades National Park, in Monroe County, Florida, United States, located at the end of the 99-mile (159-km) Wilderness Waterway known as the Ten Thousand Islands, and the southern end of the only road (running 39.3mi) through the park from Florida City. It began as a small coastal settlement on the eastern end of Cape Sable on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, facing Florida Bay. The actual town of Flamingo was located approximately 4 1/2 miles west of the current Flamingo campground area. All that remains of the former town are a few remnants of building foundations, but it is considered a ghost town.Early yearsFlamingo was first settled circa 1892, although Tequesta Indians had lived in the area prior to that. The settlers made a living by providing fish, fresh vegetables and charcoal to Key West.The settlement received its name in 1893 when the settlers had to choose a name for their new post office. They chose the flamingo as the most distinctive bird seen in the area. While the flamingo did not breed in Florida, birds from Cuba and the Bahamas once traveled in large numbers to the area. Flamingos were last seen in large numbers in the area in 1902. The post office closed in 1909.Plan your visit to Flamingo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Everglades National Park trip planning website .
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This was our second visit down to Flamingo and be prepared that it's a good hours drive from the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Centre. As we were there in July & it being the wet season, we didn't see very mu... more »
Drove from Homestead for a boat ride that wasn't noisy like an airboat. August is a slow month only 2 other people waited until 2 for ride- need 6 to go so it was cancelled. Felt sorry for the other t... more »
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