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Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park has superb white sand, clear water and is ranked #8 in the US. The infrastructure is still being rebuilt after a 2022 hurricane, but that didn’t stop it from earning high rankings from Dr. Beach.

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Flamingo is a long way from the entrance to Everglades National Park, but we love it for the wildlife — manatees, crocodiles and an osprey nest right in the marina. In 2024, with the addition of an excellent visitor center and a new lodge, there are more reasons to go to Flamingo.

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