Crystal River vacation rentals are popular for a variety of reasons; however, the main attraction of Crystal River waterfront rentals are the manatees. Most of Florida has manatees but Crystal River has inland waters and the Crystal Preserve State Park that protects them. During a visit to Crystal River house rentals, guests might want to book scuba or snorkel tours to see the manatees.
Crystal River vacation rentals are in north-central Florida, along the Gulf Coast. There are at least two dive shops near Crystal River waterfront rentals that take daily pontoon boats out to the rivers for manatee interaction and dive tours. These tours begin with finding the manatees in the marshy Crystal River. Snorkels can be used to see underwater but you are not allowed to touch the manatees unless they come up to you. After the manatees a snorkel or dive at a nearby cavern is offered, with a potential afternoon dive in Crystal River Preserve State Park.
If you rent one of the available Crystal River house rentals, you may want to visit Crystal River Archeological State Park. This park is a short drive from most Crystal River vacation rentals. It is 61 acres with Museum Point and Crystal River Indian Mounds. The Indian Mounds are a National Historic Landmark. Recreational activities include saltwater and freshwater fishing, birdwatching, boating, and picnicking. Crystal River waterfront rentals all have full kitchens, which make it easy to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at the park. There is also a visitor center and museum that offers area information and historical accounts of Native Americans and artifacts left behind by them.
To reach Crystal River house rentals, visitors can fly into Tampa, Florida and rent a car for the two-hour drive. Along the way, there are numerous local restaurants, museums, shopping malls, and other sites of interest to enjoy. For those driving into Florida, you may want to bring your own boat for fishing and waterskiing.
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