Stay in clean, spacious private or dorm-style quarters (generally four to 10 to a room), relax in indoor or outdoor quiet areas, and watch videos or TV on a big screen. Splurgers can book rooms in an adjacent cottage with private water gardens, while penny-pinchers can go the hostel route. The hostel's tour operation (www.toursintheglades.com) offers hiking and sightseeing. The all-day Everglades Tour is one of the area's most affordable adventures and includes
kayaking and a wet-walk. This hostel facility is in a minimally restored art deco building on a lush, secluded acre between Everglades and Biscayne national parks. Enjoy all-you-can-make pancake breakfasts in the communal kitchen, pitch in for occasional communal dinners, or walk to a nearby restaurant.