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With hurricane season past, mosquitoes clear out and migratory birds and mild temps settle in, making the wildlife-rich, waterlogged Everglades the perfect winter sanctuary for canoe campers. Set out along the 99-mile Wilderness Waterway, which weaves through mangroves from Everglades City to Flamingo and is lined with 40-plus backcountry beach and chickee campsites. This is not the alligator-riddled swamp you imagine the Everglades to be, but the brackish bays and tidal waterways of the Gulf Coast. Plan on spotting manatees, dolphins, crocodiles and pelicans as you make your way through this subtropical wonderland.
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