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Crystal River

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Scuba & Snorkeling · Water Sports · Bodies of Water
The Gem of the Nature Coast
The jewel of Florida's Nature Coast, Crystal River spreads around spring-fed Kings Bay, known for maintaining a constant 22 C (72 F) temperature all year long. The town of about 3,000 people serves as a winter home for hundreds of manatees that migrate to the bay when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico suddenly cools. The only place in the country allowing human interaction with manatees in their natural environment, Crystal River attracts animal lovers from around the world. The town's economy rests on tourism based on swimming with these sea giants, though the surrounding wilderness areas offer plenty of other outdoor vacation ideas, including boating, camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. With our world travel planner, United States vacations can be built around trips to Crystal River and other destinations in United States.
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If you wish to explore Florida's great outdoors on your own terms, consider renting a cabin in or near the quiet community of Crystal River. The area's vacation rentals not only offer fully equipped kitchens, private pools and spas, game rooms, and laundry facilities, but also provide you with more privacy than a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast could. For something even more outdoorsy, and considerably less expensive, consider one of the area's campgrounds or RV parks.
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