Located five miles west on Fort Island Trail in Crystal River Florida, you're only 20 minutes to the Gulf of Mexico. Located in Citrus County Florida, which has 5 spring fed rivers that lead to the Gulf of Mexico, Crystal River has many well known activities.
First and foremost is the Manatee watching. Throughout the year you can find Manatees in the water ways of Crystal River, there have even been some in the canal behind The Gulf Breeze Home. During the colder months Manatees seek out the warmer waters around the natural springs which gives you a great opportunity to enjoy the "Sea Cow." Boat and snorkeling trips are available year round.
The fishing in Citrus County is hard to beat with the many inshore water ways where you can find redfish, trout and snook to the offshore runs for the snapper, grouper, kingfish, tarpon and many more. It's pretty much a fishing sportsman's paradise. You can do kayak fishing in the many marsh rivers just around The Gulf Breeze Home or just enjoy a kayak/canoe trip for a while.
We have the Twin Rivers Marina just minutes away where they rent boats and kayaks. Plus you can get your bait, live or frozen, before you head out. Gas is available there also.
From June 25 through September 24, scalloping comes to Citrus County. Part snorkeling experience, part treasure dive and saltwater fishing trip, scalloping is fun for all. Citrus County’s bay scallops sit in seagrass beds under five or six feet of water on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. A favorite activity of many families, scalloping requires little more than a snorkel, a mask and a mesh bag.
There are many events and sidewalk fairs in Crystal River, Homosassa and Inverness such as THE GREAT AMERICAN COOTER FESTIVAL (Inverness), STONE CRAB JAM (Crystal River), HOMOSASSA SEAFOOD FESTIVAL (very popular), OZELLO ARTS, CRAFTS AND BLUE CRAB FESTIVAL, FLORAL CITY HERITAGE DAYS, and many more. There are many flea markets in the area, from your small corner store in down town Crystal River, to Howard's Flea market in Homosassa with 800 booths covering 5 acres.
The Gulf Breeze Home is new construction. It's a 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom house with a 25 foot boat house with lift and a 20 foot floating dock. There are 5 porches with chairs and tables to sit and relax on. They all have ceiling fans, porch sconces lights and LED lights under the railings for a comfortable relaxing atmosphere. This house is wired for sound with speakers located on the back balconies, under the house in the carport and some pointed towards the back yard and dock, perfect for those cool evenings sitting outside.
One of the main features of The Gulf Breeze Home is the "Upper Deck." From the master porch you have a spiral staircase that takes you up to the Upper Deck on top of the house, about 35 off the ground. The Upper deck has a great view of the grasslands to the south. It has nice glass panel railings (with LED lights) for a great view and yes there are speakers up there. Perfect to enjoy the sunset with a glass of wine, beer, cocktail or other beverage.
If you are bringing your own boat, please note that there is some shallow waters going out from The Gulf Breeze Home and you need to keep in mind the tides of the day. If you have a boat with a draft of around 12 inches or less, you should be okay to enjoy the area waters most of the time.
Come spend your next vacation at The Gulf Breeze Home in Crystal River Florida. We'd be glad to have you. Tim and Karen