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Snorkel with the Manatees in Your Back Yard - Kayaks Included

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Clean, newly remodeled house on canal of Homosassa River. Two docks and two double kayaks included. Two-night minimum stay. Screened-in back porch overlooking banana, orange, grapefruit, and fig trees.

Paddle to the clear fresh waters of Homosassa River outside of Homosassa Springs State Park, see their website. Manatees gather 300 yards from house to winter in 72-degree water. You may swim with manatees. House owned by Birds Underwater Dive Center, see website, who will rent you necessary snorkel gear and explain rules of engagement with manatees.

Great swimming in summer. Great fishing. Walk to state park two blocks away to view manatees and other indigenious animals.

Keywords: Waterfront House

More Details

Bird's Underwater Diver Center
Member since: 2002
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 5, 2017

Why Bird's Underwater Diver Center chose Florida Central West

When you rental one of our houses you also get 10% off a manatee tour with Bird's Underwater and 10% off a scalloping tour (July - Sept)as well as use of the kayaks at Bird's Underwater that is located on King's Bay.


Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: necessary


Homosassa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 bunk bed , Full size futon with bunk over
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
WiFi included For the privacy of our clients we do not provide driving directions. We do not want drive by’s. They must call the shop for directions and come here and get the key as well.


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Snorkel with the Manatees in Your Back Yard - Kayaks Included
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Loved the house, the yard, the kayaks, the beautiful springs... Loved it all ! Ready to plan the next trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prefect place for a family!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the fishbowl house! Very clean and had everything you need plus more! We enjoyed the back porch. Which is where we spent our time when we were at the house! My 7 yo learned to kayak and loved fishing from the dock! Perfect Prefect Prefect! Will definitely be back! And even thought the house is on the main road , you couldn't hear any traffic noise inside and backyard was very quite and so peaceful!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for sharing your review. We know what it is like to take our children on a vacation so we try to pay attention to all of the details we expect on our vacations. We are fortunate to have this unit in such a good location on the Homosassa River, hope you will join us in the future for a manatee tour or scallop tour! Diane Oestreich - owner
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Absolutely amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Exceeded our expectations. The home was so nice and clean and welcoming. The neighbors next door and down the canal were so friendly. We went kayaking a few times and were impressed every time! This will be a place we come back to if we get the chance again. This place I'm combination with Bird's Underwater Swim with Manatee excursion was a great way to spend our 2nd honeymoon 😀❤

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and Fun!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay at this property. Not only was is clean, well put together, but it's location was perfect for our family get away. The back yard is amazing. Sitting out on the dock with a glass of wine watching the wildlife was relaxing and fun. We took the kayaks down the canal and then to Monkey Island, which was a two hour round trip. We also snorkeled with Birds Underwater on their early morning tour Manatee tour. That experience was unforgettable. The interaction we had with the Manatees was amazing. I highly suggest it. We had our 14 and 7 year old boys with us, both whom enjoyed everything just as much as we did. For those that want something off the beaten path there is an Alpaca Farm just up the road that is free and they sell some beautiful things. We will certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Took the grandkids down for spring break, they had the best time. Swim with the manatees, saw river otters from the dock. They fished crabbed and swam from the dock. This was the third time staying in this house, and we will be back

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wildlife Park in the backyard!

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of this home do not do it justice. This property is very cozy and we could have spent the entire vacation on the dock in the backyard. It is also walking distance to Homosassa Wildlife Park or it is a short kayak trip to snorkel and pet the manatees. We will definitely be returning to stay longer.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35
Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night

Book well in advance in high season and during this time we require a two night minimum.
Check in at Bird's Underwater, 300 NW US HWY 19, before 5:00 pm to get the key. If you can not make it before that time please contact us, in advance, for lock box information and directions.
For the privacy of our clients we do not provide driving directions on line. We do not want drive by’s. Guests must call the shop for directions and to get the key as well. Resort Tax is 11%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.