Best Beaches Near Crystal River, Florida

By Lauren Tjaden Crystal River's beaches and the surrounding area is made for those who love the great outdoors. Heralded as Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River features shallow, grassy flats, an ideal place to snorkel and search for scallops in the summer months. It promises great fishing…

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How to Snorkel with the Manatees in Florida's Crystal River

By Lauren Tjaden To say manatees are huge is not an overstatement. They are enormous by any standard, measuring as long as 10 feet and weighing up to 1,000 pounds. In Citrus County, you can snorkel with these gentle, curious mammals-- in the wild. Located on Florida’s central west coast, the…

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How to Swim With Manatees in Crystal River

There's only one place in North America where you legally swim with manatees, and that's in the Crystal River area— located about 90 minutes north of Tampa, on the west coast of Florida. The headwaters of Crystal River are known as Kings Bay, where the water temperature is a consistent 72 degrees…

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Sublime Crystal River

By Terry Gibson Over the past couple months, I've had multiple occasions to visit the Crystal River area, along Florida's Nature Coast. It's one of those places that lures you in and makes you want to stay and explore a while. If you're an angler, the late spring and early summer are peak tarpon…

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What to Do in Crystal River, Florida for Nature Lovers

The Crystal River area, bursting with wildlife and outdoor activities (such as fishing and kayaking) lives up to its label: the Nature Coast. Here's what to do in Crystal River, Florida for outdoor lovers. The so-called Nature Coast keeps its secret: the river-riddled, marsh-mellow coastline of…

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A Guide to Biking in Crystal River Preserve State Park

By Kevin Mims Many outdoor enthusiasts consider a bike trip one the best 'bang for the buck' adventures you can take if time is limited. If you have a few hours to spare and want to see some of Florida’s Nature Coast you'll want to add the seven-mile off-road trail at Crystal River Preserve State…

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Crystal River Manatee Viewing on Florida's Nature Coast

By Kara Franker A hidden gem along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River offering two new packages that will give you the chance to swim with West Indian Manatees in Crystal River -- the only location in North America where you can legally swim and interact with these beloved sea…

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Plantation on Crystal River joins Choice Hotels’ Collection

By John Schwarb If you’re in a hotel loyalty program, you know the drill – stay for work, stay for pleasure, stay some more for work, and build up your points stash to eventually cash in for a top-shelf getaway. If your loyalties lie with Choice Hotels’ Choice Privileges program, take note of a new…

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