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Waterfront with gorgeous view, pet friendly and heated pool!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 18, instant hot water, fully stocked kitchen, linens and towels included.

Sitting on the backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico, with an absolutely gorgeous backyard view of Dixie Bay and St Martin's Marsh Aquatic Preserve, is our pet friendly, three bedroom, 13 bed, two bath, (BUT WITH AUTOMATIC HOT WATER), dining room seating for 16, 2000 square foot waterfront ranch in Crystal River, Florida.

We are only minutes away from the beach or boat launch that takes you to Kings Bay or the Gulf, so bring your boat. Fun fishing right in your own backyard where visitors often see manatees or dolphins. Depending on the size of your boat it may be parked in the driveway. There are also two local marinas. For the adventurous, some boats can be driven to and tied up at the homes sea wall. Shallow water, especially at low tides makes for a tricky route, but it is a very beautiful ride. Inquire with Captain Traci if interested in learning the local back waters.

Manatee house boasts spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and a serene pastoral setting throughout the day.

Amenities include wireless internet access, over sized screened in and heated in ground pool with plenty of seating around the pool deck and lanai. Fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. Plenty of towels, linens, blankets and pillows, and a couple days supply of paper products to help ensure everyone's comfort.

In conjunction with Captain Traci Wood, we offer custom vacation packages as well, and we will gladly help you and your family/friends make the most of your visit to Crystal River, in the heart of FLORIDA'S NATURE COAST. Captain Traci will happily take you to swim with the manatees, look for dolphins, or on a sunset cruise.She will also help you plan any other activity available in the area. During your stay make sure you contact Captain Traci at and "Do Something Real Today"!!

More Details

Dan & Diana
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Dan & Diana

We came to swim with the manatees in 1999, and never left. The Crystal River area is laid back and unhurried, which was reminiscent of our home in Southeastern Michigan.

We are still associated with our charity back home which provides services for people with disabilities.

We bought the home on the water so we had a place for the people we serve and our staff to visit and enjoy the beautiful sights and activities available on the Nature Coast.

Our daughter, Captain Traci has been a Manatee Tour Provider since 2000 and loves her job. You will enjoy your time with her.

Dan and Diana

Dan & Diana purchased this house in 2000

Why Dan & Diana chose Crystal River

The view from the backyard is one of the most beautiful you will ever find. The house is a simple three bedroom ranch which makes it comfortable and inviting. The pool makes it a blast for children of all ages.

We usually stay in houses when we travel and our main concern is always cleanliness, then comfort. As such, that is always our priority with Manatee House, and we hope that you appreciate our dedication to your comfort. Our cleaning lady does a wonderful job and Dan will meet you at check in and make sure that everything is as it should be. Kevin or Dan are available if an emergency occurs.

What makes this house unique

The most unique feature is our association with our daughter. Captain Traci is dedicated to the environment and is a lover of all things nature. She absolutely loves her job and touring with her is well worth your time.

We will be opening a paint and wine adventure this fall, and if you visit after our grand opening, expected in October 2015, we would love to see you there. Yes Virginia, at a discount for our rental customers.


Dixie Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Two full baths one with a walk in shower and one with a tub. The hot water heater is tankless, which provides instant hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , playpen for babies in walk in closet
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , plus a day bed and a pull out couch in the living room
  • One private bedroom with a king bed, the other two bedroom are set up dormitory style with twins and one full size bed and one queen , thirteen beds in all plus a day bed and a pull out couch in the living room. Any two adjoining singles can be made into a King Bed, with the adapter kit that is available. Please let us know if you would like another king bed or two before you arrive.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Activities available nearby: Manatee encounter, SCUBA diving, sunset cruise, nature hikes, biking, golf, day trips, amusement parks, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, restaurants, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling & diving, boating, kayaking and canoeing and eco-tours. Paint the Town Citrus is the largest art gallery in Citrus County as well as a Paint and Wine Experience, come and join a fun night including wine, beer, soft drinks, finger foods and a free art giveaway, We also offer a 10% discount at TG Stylz Salon and Spa, pamper yourself while on vacation.


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Waterfront with gorgeous view, pet friendly and heated pool!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Everyone had a great time!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Dan & Diane!

We had a great time! From the tiny tots playing in the pool to grandparents relaxing by the sea wall! And we had a live wild life show in the back yard; Dolphins literally jumping! a gator made a visit, and we were catching crabs off of the sea wall with chicken legs on a string! Even though we threw them back, we would have had enough for all of us to have dinner!

The pictures don't do the view justice! the house is very comfortable. I ( and the kids) hope to rent it again next summer.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfest place for a holiday!

  • 5 of 5

The Manatee House is so wonderful and so perfectly fits the needs of our group of more than middle aged women who have been going away for an annual trips since we were in our thirties! We love the privacy, the spaciousness, the upgrades and location. It's just perfect!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

House was very clean and the pool and view was amazing!

Beds could be updated, not comfy but overall everything was perfect!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manatee House

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house was very nice. Everything we needed was there, only needed food. The dining room was great. Allowing all of us sit together and have dinner. Another great thing is the location. It is less than 10 minutes away from town and less than 20 for the beach!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Manitee house

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the Manitee house. We enjoyed the warm pool as well as the house. Everything was very clean and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice house, good location, nice view of gulf

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean. The carpets could have used a shampoo but a lot of the house is tile flooring.The appliances worked (we did not try the stove or oven.) It is a nice house with a large pool and a very nice view. The pool had some issues with algae growing on the bottom. It is in a good location for the area - just a couple of miles from one of the main roads in Crystal River. The downsides are that the house has a large sea wall and water is not accessible without a boat. However, when the tides are low it is very shallow and a large boat would have difficultly. Even with a small boat, like a kayak, it would be difficult to get in when the tides are low. There is one double bed and many singles in 3 bedrooms (one is a modified garage). If I had the house, I would exchange some of the singles for a couple of doubles. There was also some problems with rain water running into the patio. There was some recycling left in the bin that way left from a prior stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mary and Dan for your input. I'm glad that you enjoyed your stay. We try very hard to make everyone comfortable, and if someone has a suggestion, we always take them to heart, and always strive to improve. We will look closely at their concerns, as we always do. . For those who share the thought about larger beds, we can accommodate such a request. We have two adapter kits that can comfortably turn two singles into a king. For those who have a boat, we make sure that they understand the realities of being on the gulf backwaters and the tides that sometimes leave very shallow water.
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Plantation Inn
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Plantation Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Suncoast Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Pantation Inn
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Fort Island Gulf Beach
Car: necessary

Crystal River is the only known place in the world that you are allowed to actually get in the water and swim with manatees, an adventure that you will never forget. The largest concentration of manatees come into Kings Bay and the surrounding areas beginning early fall to late spring, when the ocean gets too cold for them. Some of them stay all year long, especially those who have newborns. The area is also well known for its scalloping season from the end of June until the end of September. We have seafood festivals, art festivals, manatee festival and many fruit themed festivals, such as the strawberry or blueberry festival. We have a local mall and movie theater, a fun activity for all is Paint the Town Citrus, an Art Gallery and Paint and Wine Establishment. Walk In Painting from 1-5 daily and evening events can be booked at 6:30PM nightly. Visit for more detials


Rates & Availability

Dixie Shores House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Accidental Damage Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

If you would like to use American Express to pay for your vacation, please contact me directly at or 352-746-9477. The cancellation policy will be; If reservation is cancelled 60 days prior to arrival a full refund will be issued, less any and all credit card fees charged to the owner, if applicable. If the reservation is cancelled within 60 days of arrival the $300.00 will not be refundable, but can be applied to a future stay at the house, depending upon availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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