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Crystal River The Jewel Of The 'Nature Coast'

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 90 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1.5 Car Garage, Boat Dock


Swim or Kayak to Three Sisters right off the dock!

*** Rates are based on SIX occupancy which is the Maximum Guests allowed.

This 2,100 SQFT Crystal River CBS home has extras galore. The whole house is bright, with an open split floor plan, sky light and plenty of glass to take in the beauty that surrounds you. The kitchen is modern, with all granite counter tops, well stocked, and HUGE. It has a 10' x 28' Florida lanai with double ceiling fans and large sliding PPG windows on those nice breezy days. It boasts a huge deck, dockage, lighted fish cleaning station w/sink and hoses at the dock. On the deck, off the lanai, there is a 4-person hot tub. There is a jetted Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, which also has his/her lighted mirrors and sinks. All bedrooms are well appointed, Queen, double Bed, or twin beds depending on the sleeping arrangements.

There are many points of interest in the Crystal River area accessible by boat. The scalloping grounds are roughly 20 - 30 minutes by boat from the dock. Additional information will be provided in our Guest Book. If you have questions during your stay, don't hesitate to ask. The Scallop season was permanently extended by two weeks so the season now runs the last Saturday in June (unless July 4 is a Saturday) and ends September 24. A Salt water fishing license is required if you enter the scallop grounds by boat. Read the Rules!! In the Scallop grounds, the water depth will range from 3-6', your choice based on your physical ability. You literally can stand and catch scallops. There is a fresh water hose, sink and cleaning station at the dock for you to rinse your boat, gear and catch, have fun! We know you will see why we love our Crystal River. Observe mother nature and see why this place is nicknamed the 'Nature Coast.' I will be happy to provide you numbers to get you in the scallop grounds if you need them.


ALSO: In HOMOSASSA, We have a second property, 5 Star rated by our guests, a 15 minutes drive, VRBO#452044 for overflow on the water w/ access to the Homosassa River (10 min) and the Gulf of Mexico (30 min) Scallop grounds. It has beds for 4, air mattress for two, simply plug it in. The total max occupancy SIX. Rates based on 4 ($175 - $195 p/night and $750-795 p/week and $1,750-$1,850 p/month).

More Details

Judy or Jack
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2018

About Judy or Jack

I frequently travelled to Crystal River from Gainesville in the 70's, and when I married in 2002, my husband and I decided to spend our honey moon at Plantation Inn, and he fell in love with the area, especially Crystal River's natural beauty. My husband is retired from the military and says 'there is no place, like this Place'. It has huge deck & lots of dock space, as well as a spacious lanai. We've spent countless hours enjoying the outdoors and the quiet. We especially love to sit on the lanai in the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the Manatees feeding and generally being Manatees. It's just a short paddle in our kayaks to 3 Sisters springs, the Manatee's living room, especially during cold winter days.

Judy or Jack purchased this house in 2012

Why Judy or Jack chose Springs at Kings Bay

We love retreating away from the busy lifestyle here to relax and fish the Gulf where the fish are plentiful! As avid divers and water people in general, we have been diving and spearfishing the Gulf since 2005 and can tell you first hand that some of the best fishing is in the Gulf. Whether its spearfishing, hook & line or scalloping, access to the Gulf of Mexico is right at your doorstep and only minutes away. We come here to recharge the batteries, so to speak, and generally decompress from the rigors of life. Only minutes after you arrive, you'll understand what I mean.

What makes this house unique

Close to:

Scallop Grounds



Grocery store

Bait & tackle

Boat launch (Pete's Pier)



Guided fishing (in shore/off shore)


Medical services

And anything Else....


Springs at Kings Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , Jacuzzi Tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • roller blading
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
We are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have, so don't hesitate to give us a call or E-mail us and we will try to help you along. We hope you get out there and enjoy our little piece of heaven or stay home and enjoy a swim, right at the dock; there's a swim ladder when you're done.


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Crystal River The Jewel Of The 'Nature Coast'
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews
Charleston, SC

This home was perfect for my family.. Very cute and clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Crystal River, and Judy and Jack's home was the perfect location for everything! We brought our boat and kept it tied up at the dock which was wonderful. We stayed on the water from scalloping and fishing to evening kayak trips to swim and watch the gorgeous sunsets from the bay. We stayed so busy our teenagers barely turned on the television! We definitely plan to make a return trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Exactly!!!! Thank you for your kind words, and we look your return:) Judy & Jack
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Beautiful home and best location in Crystal River

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at a few locations and homes in Crystal River and this was the best by far. It was in the perfect location right around the corner to three sisters springs. The home was beautiful and very clean and stocked with all the necessities and many extras, Judy was very quick with responding to emails and very helpful with all my questions. We had a wonderful vacation with our children. Would recommend to anyone who would like to visit Crystal River, Thank you both for sharing your home! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you sweet comments, we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope you and your family return again soon. Judy & Jack
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Owosso, Michigan

Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We are two retired couples and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Jack and Judy's house. The booking process was very smooth and excellent communication. The house was even better than described. Very roomy and open. Very clean and welcoming. We appreciated the split floor plan and the men enjoyed cooking in the modern kitchen. The screened in porch was a very pleasant space to read in the morning and to watch the canal traffic. We were lucky to see one manatee in the canal while we were there. The kayaks were lots of fun to paddle down to the springs and out to Kings Bay. The manatee count was down due to the warm weather, but we had great time in the sunshine. The location is very good for walking. We went down to the Three Sisters Spring and walked in to the boardwalks around the spring. The house was very close to all the amenities in Crystal River. Thank you for a wonderful visit.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for you kind words, and we are so glad you had a Great Time in our lil slice of Paradise! We welcome you back anytime its available:) Judy & Jack
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Kansas City

Wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful home. Kayaked several times everyday to Three Sisters spring and farther down river to see the manatee. The kitchen was well stocked and the owners were easy to contact and quick to respond to questions. We especially enjoyed the hot tub, but it could have been set a degree or two warmer.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words, and glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to you're return visit to our lil slice of Paradise! Jack & Judy
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Wonderful place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The home was really clean, comfortable and nicely furnished. We enjoyed having a big kitchen with room for the whole family to cook in. (Go to Charlie's fish market on 19 just north of the Chevron station for great Gulf seafood if you're not into catching your own!) We were really excited about having access to kayaks, but unfortunately it was too cold for us to get that adventurous. It was a great location for us. We loved being close to the birding trails and the road that leads out to the gulf for viewing stellar sunsets, as well as being just around the corner from the new boardwalk for viewing manatees. The owners were really easy to communicate with and answered questions right away.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you had a great time, and look forward to seeing you again! Judy & Jack
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Great trip!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Crystal River was great! The house was beautiful, clean and had everything we needed. The second morning we were greeted by a manatee in the canal. We loved being able to put the kayaks in the canal right out the back door and be at Three Sisters in a matter of minutes. Late one afternoon we were the only people at the springs and it was so peaceful just to sit and watch the manatees. The owners were wonderful to work with. If I make it back to Crystal River, I would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return:) Judy & Jack
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Ale House, Lollygagger
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Plantation Inn
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
HWY 19
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Clawdaddy's; Lollygaggers Sports Pub & Grill
Nearest Ski
700 Miles
Maggie Valley NC
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Gulf Beach at the end Fort Island Trail
Car: necessary

This area of 'Old Florida' has many activities, both indoor and outdoor. They call this area of Florida 'The Nature Coast' for a reason. If you are an outdoors person, this is the place for you. With miles of hiking/biking trails, over 100,000 acres of Wildlife Management Area, hundreds of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico waters, just a ten minute boat ride away, there is no shortage of outdoor activities. You'll need to bring your toys: boats, bicycles, kayaks, motorcycles scuba gear & fishing equipment. When you stay in our home, you will watch Manatees right at the dock, or hop in the kayaks and paddle to 3 Sisters water that is gin clear and 72 degrees year around. We refer to it as being reborn by simply taking a swim in it. The springs pump out millions of gallons of pure spring water a day. The word refreshing only begins to explain these waters on a hot summer day. The entire Kings Bay is accessible by kayak and diving Kings spring. Our waters are some of the best fishing whether its off shore in the Gulf of Mexico or staying inside our mangrove estuaries and the Salt river. There are any number of local restaurants of all types of cuisines, numerous small local pubs, watering holes and our own local Copp's Winery. Its only a mile and change from our house, with their own brews and wines produced from their own vineyard. Motorcyclists will love the 'Old Florida' charm of the local communities, all within an hour ride in any direction: Homosassa 15 min, Leesburg 1 hour, Cedar Key 1 hour, Tarpon Springs 45 min, Hudson 45 min, Ocala 1 hour, and many more to be discovered on a day's ride. We have been riding through the area for 8 years and still have not seen it all. There are scenic drives that start at HWY 19: Ozello, Homosassa, Chassahowitzka, Yankee town, Cedar Key and more.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $500



Owner's Cancellation Policy

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