Crystal River

    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, a place of stately white buildings and true Southern charm. Here, water, golf and fine dining are the primary calling cards.

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    Plantation on Crystal River

    The Plantation on Crystal River hotel is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay. This bay in Crystal River is one of the largest aquifers in the state and home to more than 400 West Indian manatees that migrate each year to the warmth of the springs.

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