When the water temperature drops in the Gulf of Mexico, manatees move to the warmer waters of the Crystal River, followed closely by nature-loving tourists and other visitors. Located along Central Florida’s "Nature Coast," Crystal River is one of the few places where you can swim with manatees. The springs flow at a constant 72 degrees, making the waters attractive to all sorts of swimmers in the winter. While there, consider a stop at the Plantation on Crystal River, previously known as the Plantation Inn, a place of stately white buildings and true Southern charm. Here, water, golf and fine dining are the primary calling cards.