If VISIT FLORIDA Beaches & Adventure Insider Lauren Tjaden and Dining Insider Rachelle Lucas put their heads together to dream up the perfect getaway, it probably would resemble this scalloping package from Plantation on Crystal River.
For the uninitiated, scalloping is like snorkeling -- only you carry a mesh bag so you can harvest scallops as you swim. Snorkeling season is just gearing up and runs through Sept. 24, 2014, so families have all summer to take advantage of this offer.
Starting at $630 for four guests, the package includes:
Two nights’ accommodations with breakfast daily.
Guided scalloping tour including masks, snorkels and fins.
Ramp launch, trailer storage and seawall tie for guests who bring their own boat.
Souvenir bag including mesh scalloping bag, scallop recipes, sunscreen and water.
Your fresh catch (scallops or fish) prepared by a chef and served with two sides.
Again, this package is for four people -- so don’t let the price scare you off. And if you skip the guided tour, the starting rate drops to $350.
Don’t want to stay overnight? Bring in your fresh catch, and for $13.95 the resort’s chef will serve your scallops broiled, blackened, sauteed or with a mushroom cream sauce.
Get more info at plantationoncrystalriver.com. Insider tip: When the weather turns cold, Plantation on Crystal River is your go-to resort for swimming with manatees during the winter, is a hotspot for scalloping during the summer months.