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Snorkel with the Manatees in Your Back Yard - Kayaks Included

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 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:
March 14, 2018

Why Bird's Underwater Diver Center chose Homosassa

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.


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.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Snorkel with the Manatees in Your Back Yard - Kayaks Included
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Wonderful property • personal kayaks were terrific and we REALLY had manatees in the backyard

  • 5 of 5

The house is wonderfully ducked away from the main streets and town, though the next small shopping mal is only a 5 minutes drive away.

The street next to the house is not very frequented and the backyard is a wonderful and well-kept garden with banana trees and trimmed gras and several kayaks (for one or two persons) to choose from.

There is also a big barbecue.

The house was clean and everything worked, from the Wifi to the air conditioning.

When the washing machine broke, the team from Bird’s Underwater tried to fix it and they replaced empty gas bottles straight away.

Overall, they were helpful, friendly and reachable. We enjoyed our manatee tour with them.

One highlight of our vacation was meeting a manatee mother and calf when we were kayaking in the backyard waterways. The waterways open in a terrific water pool area with cristal clear water, with parts only knee-deep or hip-deep, so children can enjoy a save swim.

The neighborhood seems to be a private villa area.

The only negative thing we can say is that on the weekend, the house just opposite the backyard waterway was visited - obviously by an American family using it as a weekend getaway - and they and their children were really loud so we did not want to spent the evening out on one of the two water decks next to the flame grill as we did before.

And there were many mosquitos - so repellent is definitely needed.

We definitely recommend the place!

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location can't be beat. House is great. A few little things would make it 5 stars.

  • 4 of 5

The good: Manatees right off the dock in the backyard. Kayaks in the backyard for our use. Fishing pole in the laundry room for our use! Located within a 5-minute walk to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (fantastic!!). Also a short drive to The Freezer- feel like a local and have scrumptious peel and eat shrimp and clam chowder in a bread bowl. Publix is a 3-minute drive from the house. House has basics. Outdoor grill and fire pit are very nice.

The not so great: Someone came into the backyard and stacked our kayaks while we were gone- and they weren't in anyone's way and they weren't in danger of falling into the water or anything. The neighbor lets his dogs poop in the backyard of the rental. Area is strangely and rather eeriely non-diverse, just mentioning this so no POCs are surprised.

The ugly: The mattresses in the extra room- I would have given this house 5 stars if I had been able to sleep. Tried the regular bed first, then the bunkbed, and then the couch. If you replace a couple of mattresses, the house would be pretty perfect. As I was packing to leave on the last day, I spotted an air mattress in the bedroom closet which could have improved the sleeping issues- so now you, reader, know it's there.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your comments and love the 5 stars, so I will have to consider the mattresses. They are not old, but none of them are extra firm which is what some people prefer, the air mattress is best, the closets do not have doors, so it is should be easy to spot. I suspect the lawn care maintenance crew stacked the kayaks, sorry about that, but the neighbors will hear from us about the dog poop! Citrus County is as diverse as any other tourist destination. The houses are managed by Bird's Underwater Dive Center which takes people out to snorkel with the manatees, fish and scallop. We are incredibly diverse when it comes to color and country. People come here from all over the world, all ages, all colors, all are welcome and encouraged to enjoy Citrus County!
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Jamestown, Pennsylvania

Wonderful location, comfortable and cosy.

  • 5 of 5

Perfectly located on the water. We paddled to the nearby Homasassa springs natural wildlife park on the kayaks provided on site just before sunset.little did we know how interactive these gentle giants are when new playmates arrive in their playground. We were surrounded by several and one actually put his flipper on our kayak so he could turn over for a tummy rub.

The home is very clean and basic but adequate for a vacation.

Would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cute

  • 5 of 5

Nice house. Love the area.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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True Florida Experience!

  • 5 of 5

We can't say enough good things about this house! It is a true gem, and we will treasure our time here! We stayed 4 nights in late December with our kids, 10 and 12. We used the kayak's everyday and visited with the manatees. We were able to touch them from our kayaks. Priceless!! The river that the home is on is beautiful, clear and has great spots to get out and snorkel. We found sting rays, shells, turtles, fish, birds and lots of manatees! The home itself was FANTASTIC. We loved the docks and the screened in porch. The neighbors were very friendly and introduced us to "Bully" the bird. The home had everything that we needed. The staff at Bird's Underwater Dive Center were great. They were very helpful answering all of my questions. The house is perfectly located by Homosassa Springs, Weeki Wachee, Crystal River and beaches. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this house!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable and a great location

  • 5 of 5

Lots of blue and white herons, egrets, ibexes and other beautiful water birds in the backyard by the waterway. Two docks, four kayaks and only a 1/4 mile to where the Homasassa River meets the Homasassa Springs Wildlife Park. Beautiful clear water and lots of fish. Manatees are plentiful in the cool weather. You can also walk to the Park, just 100 yards or so. The house is just a short drive to/from Crystal River. Lots of festivals in the area, and friendly people everywhere! The house was comfortable and sleeps at least six (two in bunkbeds). Would gladly stay here again!

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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