Crystal River Florida and King's Bay are world famous as the "Home of the Manatee". From the expert diver to the novice snorkeler anyone can swim with the manatees or just observe them from a comfortable tour boat with one of the many local manatee tour companies located right on King's Bay.
These prehistoric sea cows are rare and found in only a few spots on the globe. People come from all over the world to Crystal River Florida to experience these gentle giants. Attracted by the warm spring waters, the Florida manatees have made the area of Crystal River their home. Just down the road in nearby Homosassa is the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. A zoo like environment, native Florida animals are on display along with the manatees. The park also houses a very unique fishbowl. One where you walk down inside and the fish are on the outside. Here you can observe the beauty of the natural spring waters and watch the manatees as big as cars float effortlessly by the glass windows.
The Crystal River itself flows out into the Gulf of Mexico via King's Bay. This area presents some spectacular fishing opportunities. From freshwater fishing in the river to saltwater in the Gulf of Mexico, the area is famous for getting one on the line. The world record holder tarpon was caught just off the shores of Citrus County. No one beats Crystal River for fresh seafood. Visit the many water-side restaurants and tiki bars for authentic Florida food, atmosphere and entertainment.
If it's a relaxing day at the beach you're looking for, there is a remote strip of beach on the Gulf of Mexico located just 9 miles west of Crystal River at the end of Fort Island Trail. The short ride out to the beach is a trip back in time through the pristine, untouched wetlands of "Old Florida's" coastline. Boating is also big in Crystal River, from pontoon boats, to yachts, kayaks to jet skis, you will find people enjoying the water year round. Ample docking and dry-dock storage is available at Pete's Pier in Crystal River.
ERA Suncoast Realty is located right here in Crystal River, just a few miles south of the center of town on US Hwy. 19. Stop in for a free map.