Florida's Nature Coast Lifestyle

Nature’s Place to Play — Citrus County, Florida

Crystal River Florida, Citrus County

Florida’s Adventure Coast- Come to where the action is!

Citrus County Florida is truly a water lover’s paradise. With a total of 7 outstanding Florida waterways running through Citrus County, you can imagine there are plenty of water activities here. There are freshwater spring fed rivers that remain at a constant 72 degrees. In addition to a chain of fresh water lakes to the Gulf of Mexico and more. You will find most every water activity under the sun here.

Citrus County Florida is located in the heart of west central Florida and only about an hour drive from the major cities of Tampa and Orlando. If you’re looking for adventure on Florida’s coast, come to Nature’s Place to Play!

Manatee Capital of the World

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Ever wanted to swim with a manatee? Come to Citrus County, Florida! Within Citrus, the cities of Crystal River and Homosassa are the only places you can legally swim with the endangered species in the world! More manatees migrate and stay in our springs than any other place in Florida. The Crystal River Wildlife Refuge, is the only refuge that protects the endangered Florida Manatee.

Additionally, the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park offers a unique “Underwater Observatory.” Here, park visitors can view the manatees and other fish swimming under the water. There are many great, knowledgeable local guides who are certified in bringing tourists to where the manatees play and visitors can interact with them respectfully. Come between the months of November and March for your best chance to swim with one.

Scallop Season

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Likewise to a manatee season, thousands of visitors come to the Nature Coast to participate in Scallop season. Popularly, referred to as an underwater Easter egg hunt.  Scallop season begins July 1st and ends on September 24th. Make sure you have your saltwater fishing license on hand if you’re between ages 16 and 65. Venture off on your own boat to the scalloping grounds. On the other hand, some hire a guide for the day to take you to the popular scallop ground spots in Crystal River or Homosassa.

World Class Fishing on Florida’s Nature Coast

Tarpon on the line while fly fishing in homosassa Florida.

Whether you’re an angler who enjoys a deep-sea saltwater pursuit or a clear shallow freshwater chase, Citrus County has it all. The 7 outstanding waterways that run through Citrus County all consist of great fishing opportunities. Anglers can fish cobia, grouper, spotted sea trout, snook, redfish, jacks, flounder, black drum, sand trout and more. The Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes and Lake Rousseau is one of Florida’s best freshwater fishing spots. Meanwhile, Crystal River and Homosassa are known as “Florida’s best saltwater sport fishing” spots. In fact, all major giant tarpon fly fishing records were caught in the Homosassa River area.

Other Water Activities

Furthermore, visitors have an abundance of activities to do on the water in Citrus County Florida. For instance, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Three Sisters Springs. Launch a kayak or paddle board in at Hunter Springs Park. Take an airboat adventure eco-tour from Ozello to explore the Nature Coast. Divers can explore the King Spring in Crystal River to discover an underwater manatee plaque. Stop at Pete’s Pier in Crystal River to feed the tarpon from the dock. Tube down the Rainbow River in Dunnellon for a day. In short, you will always find something fun to do around the water in Citrus County, Florida’s Nature Coast.

Florida’s Nature Coast Will Charm You

Not only is Citrus County Florida a magical place to visit, it’s an even more wonderful place to call home. It’s no wonder one of its cities, Crystal River, was recently named one of the “Top 50 Most Charming Small Towns in America” by the Travel Channel. Visit Florida’s Nature Coast and experience for yourself why tourists turn into residents.

Make the Move

In conclusion, there is something for everyone when you are at your leisure in Citrus County Florida. So if you are looking for an idyllic setting to call home, contact one of our friendly professionals at Coldwell Banker Next Generation Realty of Citrus.

If being on the water is one of your passions and a beautiful, well built, waterfront home is in your future, you cannot do better than to make your home in this natural paradise. Please contact us today for information on waterfront homes or lots for sale on the Homosassa River, Crystal River or on Florida’s Nature Coast.

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