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Natural Awakenings Naples and Fort Myers

A Blissful Budget Vacation in Paradise

Adventure seekers and those in need of deep relaxation can find both at the Everglades International Hostel, near Florida City. Welcoming visitors to its tranquil haven just off the Florida Turnpike for 16 years, the popular vacation spot is renowned as an urban oasis and a jumping-off point for Everglades adventures (10 miles west) and Key Largo (30 minutes south). The hostel treats visitors to an Old Florida-style tropical retreat, rich in natural wonders yet within hailing distance of Miami amenities.

This month, the hostel will host special guest Rafa El Raheem, a qigong and t’ai chi teacher and wellness coach with the Shin Wellness Center, in Miami. He’ll be leading classes and weekend retreats throughout July.

A communal kitchen, dorm and camping facilities complement a full range of pet-friendly private rooms and baths, as well as family and group dorm accommodations. The surrounding lush grounds feature a rope tree house, tropical gardens and a waterfall for cooling off during hot days. Everglades tours and canoe rentals can also be arranged, and guests often enjoy unexpected and spontaneous entertainment on the premises.

Location: 20 SW 2nd Ave., Florida City. For more information, call 305-248-1122 or visit

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