Destination guide

Things are getting juicy in Citrus County

Citrus trees abound in Citrus County, one of Florida’s juiciest areas to visit. What, exactly, does that mean? Maybe that you’ll encounter an enormous citrus grove during your travels or enjoy some seriously amazing juice. A bright and brilliant area known for its shimmering lakes and coastal islands, it’s home to several vibrant cities and communities. After booking your Citrus County vacation rental, venture out to discover what makes this coastal gem such a popular option for everyone from students to families to retirees.

Things to do

Old is gold in Citrus County

Fascinating history abounds in Citrus County. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, built in 1912, houses the county’s historical society. The Coastal Heritage Museum is packed with ancient photographs and even an old jail cell. And although you'd expect more juice bars than wineries here, there are several lush spots to sample a new red, including local favorites Copp Winery and Whispering Oaks Winery. If you’re an art fiend, you’ll find galleries galore in Old Homosassa and Floral City. As if you need an excuse to get a little crazy with the kids, Puddle in the Pines Splash Park stays open from spring through fall.

Activities

Squeeze up some fun in Citrus County

Oh, the places you will see in Citrus County! Go camping in Withlacoochee State Forest or explore the ruins of Dames Cave. Stroll the Citrus Avenue shops in Crystal River to stash your suitcase with quirky souvenirs and one-of-a-kind finds. If you’ve booked a Citrus County vacation rental in winter, you can celebrate the Florida Manatee Festival. More a warm weather sort? The Floral City Strawberry Festival awaits in the spring. With several luxe spas in the area, you can spend some quality time indoors, too.

Weather

Enjoy your moment in the sun in Citrus County

Did someone say sunshine? It’s abundant here, much like those namesake citrus groves. With hundreds of sun-soaked days on the agenda, spring and summer offer plenty of heat. July tops out at around 90 degrees. Winters are mild and forgiving, with temperatures typically dipping no lower than 45 degrees. (Yes, bring a jacket.) Snow is just something to gossip about when Nor'easters threaten the rest of the coast. Rain is more the story here, so pack your parka and an umbrella if you’re booking that Citrus County vacation rental in the spring.

Natural features

Welcome to the manatee capital of the country

It’s not every day you get the chance to swim with a West Indian manatee. It’s never, really—unless you’re in Citrus County, the only location in the United States where it’s perfectly legal to do so. If you’re craving some sand, the manmade saltwater beach on Fort Island Trail is your best bet. The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, both part of the country’s National Wildlife Refuge System, are where both manatees and whooping cranes spend their winters. There are islands here too, though they’re largely uninhabited.

Where to stay around Citrus County?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 543 vacation rentals near Citrus County. From 378 Houses to 45 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Citrus County for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Citrus County?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Citrus County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Crystal River: 330 vacation rentals
  • Homosassa: 316 vacation rentals
  • Homosassa Springs: 310 vacation rentals
  • Inverness: 196 vacation rentals
  • Hernando: 188 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Citrus County! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Citrus County?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Citrus County:

  • Crystal River: 330 rentals
  • Homosassa: 316 rentals
  • Homosassa Springs: 310 rentals
  • Inverness: 196 rentals
  • Hernando: 188 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Citrus County?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Citrus County. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park: 559 rentals
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge: 513 rentals
  • Crystal River Watersports Marina: 511 rentals
  • Southern Woods Golf Club: 611 rentals
  • Lakeside Golf and Country Club: 528 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Citrus County listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Citrus County

Crystal River
330 vacation rentals
Homosassa
316 vacation rentals
Homosassa Springs
310 vacation rentals
Inverness
196 vacation rentals
Hernando
188 vacation rentals
Floral City
136 vacation rentals
Ozello
279 vacation rentals
Citrus Springs
346 vacation rentals
Beverly Hills
438 vacation rentals
Citrus Hills
306 vacation rentals
Lecanto
468 vacation rentals
Sugarmill Woods
455 vacation rentals
Chassahowitzka
164 vacation rentals
Pine Ridge
434 vacation rentals
Black Diamond
362 vacation rentals
Inverness Highlands South
144 vacation rentals
Inverness Highlands North
149 vacation rentals
The Villages
670 vacation rentals
Cedar Key
63 vacation rentals
Ocala
165 vacation rentals