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Comfort, Serenity, Beauty! Pure Paradise on Famous King's Bay

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Crystal River House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-6)

Come and enjoy the most pristine waterfront location in ALL of West Central Florida! This is a true gem on Florida's Nature Coast. King's Bay is ranked as the #1 place to see Manatees in the world. This property is the most desirable location in Crystal River and boasts a full view of the Bay adjoining the spring fed canal right outside the back door. See dolphins and manatees and many other wildlife in a very serene location. Convenient to shopping and restaurants.

Enjoy kayaking straight from the house to the famous King Spring or Three Sisters Spring. Direct access to the Gulf of Mexico 3 miles away via the Crystal River. This is an outdoor enthusiast's dream vacation destination with all the amenities of home.

The property is very comfortable, newly furnished and immaculately clean. All new tile throughout. The dining area, master and lanai boast breathtaking views of sunsets over King's Bay.

Our visitors all share the same sentiment....'This is the finest home in the best location in all of Crystal River. We will be back!'

A guest that stayed in February 2010 sent the following email:

'We wanted to tell you that we really enjoyed your bay home, it worked out perfectly for us. We had such a great time. We used the kayak several times and loved sitting on the dock and watching the manatees swim in and out of the inlet. We had some good encounters with the manatees in the springs which we'll remember forever. Thanks for doing such a great job describing your home and location, I don't believe we would have had such a great experience at any of the other spots we were considering.'

Keywords: waterfront home,waterfront rental,furnished, short term rental, long term rental, immaculate, updated home, King's Bay, pet friendly, clean

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2016
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About Melisha

Our family purchased this house because it is unique to anything else we had ever seen in the area. The location is truly amazing.

What makes this house unique

We love to sit on the lanai and watch the dolphin and manatee swimming in the canal a few feet away. Rising at sunrise to go kayaking is too beautiful to pass up. Hopping in the car to take the kids for a day at Ft. Island Trail Beach is always a fun time. Jumping into the clean spring fed canal to go snorkeling is a favorite, as is throwing a fishing line in off the dock to just pass the day away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My husband and I are from NC and travel each winter. We are snowbirds and stay somewhere warm each winter for 5 months. We had the pleasure of staying here from Nov-April. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and were not ready to go home, we had so much fun fishing! Each day we fished from the dock and reeled in mangrove snapper, bass, snook, redfish, trout, you name it, we caught it! There are tarpon in the area, too. We also had the surprise of dolphin and manatee encounters each day, right on the dock! This is a truly relaxing destination in a very quiet nieighborhood. The home is decorated warmly and the homeowners are pleasant and accommodating. They wanted us to have a lovely stay and even gifted us with wine and sweets for Christmas. We knew we had found the perfect place the first day we arrived and made our reservation for next winter.
Nov 2012
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based on 8 traveler reviews

Comfort, Serenity, Beauty! Pure Paradise on Famous King's Bay
average rating of 4.5 based on 9 reviews

Jim from Jenison MI

  • 5 of 5

Close to the bay, close to the springs, close to good dining, and close to good fishing. This rental is perfect for me. My wife loves it!


  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted to hear that! We are looking forward to having you back next winter!
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Jacksonville, FL

Great Vacation Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for a weekend in early January. Everything was great! Nice and clean, perfect location and very comfortable for two couples and our small child. We were able to keep our boat tied to the dock out back and the house is right on Kings Bay. There were manatees everywhere! Swimming with manatees was our mission and there were more then enough opportunities to do so. It was a great weekend. We will definitely be back and highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: January is such a beautiful time of year at Manatee Springs. Yes, there are manatee everywhere, you don't even have to leave the property to enjoy watching them! Most guests comment that the dock makes it so convenient to head out to King's Bay for the day. We like to head out in the early morning with our coffee before anyone else is out and explore "who" is already up on the water and surrounding islands. I'm glad your vacation went well with bringing along your child. It is definitely our kids favorite place in all of Florida to do their outdoor exploring. My son even had a manatee themed birthday party there and all the kids went on a sightseeing tour! Best wishes to your entire group! We look forward to seeing you again this winter!
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Fabulous property exactly as advertised!!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved this character filled, waterfront cottage. We were pleased to find the property exactly as described and extremely clean. We especially loved the huge yard with the wonderful bay view, and spent evenings enjoying the view from the lanai. I would recommend this rental to anyone who loves to enjoy outdoor activities. We divided our time between fishing in the bay, enjoying one of the beautiful beaches that is a short drive from the house and just relaxing and enjoying the nature in the back yard. We were even fortunate enough to have a few dolphin sightings! The owner was extremely friendly and accommodating. Thank you for helping make our vacation so enjoyable, we plan on coming back for another stay as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Manatee Springs, our favorite family retreat, too! We appreciate guests who take great care of the property, as if it were their own! You are the kind of visitors we love to host! Everyone agrees the bay view, fishing, and time in nature cannot be beat. We look forward to hosting you again and thank you for the feedback! If you are up for it on your next visit, we will provide the tandem kayak for you two to try out. It definitely changes the perspective of the water and surrounding wildlife. It is truly fun to share the beauty of Manatee Springs with new friends from around the world. Best wishes to you both!
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Fantastic Time on the Bay

  • 5 of 5

My wife, our dog Roxy, and I spent a peaceful long weekend at this house. This rental offered a home away from home feel. The bedrooms were spacious and the bed was extremely comfortable especially because it is bigger than ours at home. It was wonderful to be able to go out on the screen porch and enjoy the morning or sunset. The house it right on the water and the view of the bay is fantastic. We were lucky enough to see a few dolphins swim past the dock and catch some fish, which was very exciting. We brought our kayak and paddled around the area exploring. There are some very beautiful natural areas within paddling distance. The house is on a very quiet little street but is just a short distance to all of the stores and restaurants in the area. The kitchen had the essentials we needed and was vrey clean. We can’t wait for some vacation time so we can spend another weekend relaxing by the bay.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Once again, it is a pleasure to host guests looking for a peaceful weekend who enjoy the beautiful outdoors our rare gem, Crystal River, has to offer. One never knows what chance encounter might be had with the amazing wildlife right off the dock! It is truly a kayakers paradise, with many coves and springs to explore. King Spring, in our backyard, is one of our favorites. We even caught some blue crabs while wading with our kids last weekend. The dolphin encounters are common, but catch you by surprise, it is such a fun experience. Thank you for choosing Manatee Springs for your getaway. You are most welcome anytime!
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Lots of Roaches and NOT as advertised.

  • 1 of 5

The empty box of roach motels in kitchen garbage can were a warning that the owner / cleaner knew about the roach infestation. 12 roach motels under couches and beds, roach feces (and motels) in kitchen drawers, cabinets and on dishes! Roaches came out of the toaster when turned on!

Other than the bug issue it is advertised to have a hammock, satellite TV, Video Game Console, Video Games, Stereo System and music library. It has NONE of these. The owner said they were stolen by renters and the hammock was removed for "liability issues" but they still advertise them! "Full kitchen" does not represent the fact that there is no dishwasher.

If they cleaned the roaches and advertised correctly you have a 1950's era home, with original bathrooms, windows and window dressings. The house is all original except the tile floors, refrigerator and range. It is on a canal with a partial view of Kings Bay, obstructed by overgrown vegetation. I have never stayed at a Motel 6 but if I did this is what I would expect.

Crystal River is a beautiful area with a lot of older homes on the water. As a frequent visitor to the area I was not expecting the Ritz but I was expecting it to be complete with advertised amenities, and free of cockroaches and cockroach traps. A few can sneak in when a door opens, ok, but not throughout the kitchen, in the cabinets, and flying (inside) the home when the lights are out.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The empty boxes of home cooked foods in the garbage can were a warning that the guest/poster knew beforehand how to finagle a FREE vacation. 12 empty alcoholic beverage containers, 3 empty home cooked pizza boxes, toaster waffle & english muffin boxes, etc. Obviously, this group had a busy Labor Day vacation fully using all kitchen drawers, cabinets and dishes. Not withstanding the floating boat dock and full accommodations for an entire family & dog. After returning home with no complaints to us at all, (phone records confirm) he canceled his credit card payment for the full amount. Nice… Please enjoy genuine reviews from paying customers. This one was not. Home Certified “no treatment necessary” by Florida P.C. 9/14/11. The home is truly understated and more delightful than advertised. All amenities are naturally available to all guests. Just let us know how we can help. Grace and Peace, The Owners
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5 3

Great location! Excellent rental!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for a long weekend to do some snorkeling with the manatees. For the last 13 years, we have stayed in hotels, condos & villas in the Crystal River area every January. This was much better! The view was wonderful even from indoors when it was too cold to hang out in the screened lanai. The entire house is tiled which was great since I suffer from allergies. We loved being able to take our dogs on our vacation with us. Plenty of space in a nice quiet neighborhood. Owner is extremely easy to deal with and very nice. I would recommend this rental & hope to make a return visit ourselves. Thanks for providing a great home base for our manatee experience!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our bayhouse, Manatee Springs. All our guests seem to enjoy the property for the same reasons! Enjoying the manatee in January is such fun! Thank you for taking the time to share about your stay!
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Kayaking, Fishing (deep sea and flats),Scalloping, Swim with the Manatee, Beach 3 miles away, Florida's Great Birding Trail, Homosassa Wildlife Park, Snorkeling, Bicycling, Diving, Waterskiing, Jet Skiing, Island Hopping


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Pet Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Crystal River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , rollaway available in the closet
  • King size beds (1) master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) second bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 rollaways available
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Floating dock (with built in seats) on mouth of canal on King's Bay, Accommodates boats and kayaks, The view does not get better!

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