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Canoeing/Kayaking

Hundreds of miles to explore with endless wildlife and remote pre-Christ Indian burial mounds.

1/2 mile (as the crow flies) from the Gulf of Mexico - accessible by kayak or canoe.

Unlimited use of all our canoes or kayaks or bring your own and leave right from your back door instead of dragging your canoes or kayaks on and off the car and in and out of the water.

Family

A great place to get back to your kids and family.

Quiet but plenty of room for families to play, swim, explore, and get to know one another again.

Sit and talk, have family night, teach your children and yourselves about local wildlife (many of whom are endangered) and about people who lived in this area thousands of years ago.

Shop in one of the many fine shopping districts or gift shops.

Dine in restaurants from the relaxed to the elegant on the waterfront (3 within 3 miles of the island).  You may choose to have pizza delivered or stop by the Island Outpost, less than a mile from the island.  Island Outpost has the best BBQ sandwich around and offer great other sandwiches and pizza. The owners John & Wanda are not only friendly and helpful, but carry a variety of  convenience items like milk, bread, ice, fishing bait and more!

Fishing (fresh and salt water) - Fishing is great here!

Hire a boat and captain and tour the freshwater areas for the best bass, trout and red drum.

Cruise out on a canoe or paddle boat to one of the great local fishing holes.

Fish off the dock or one of the many points jutting into the river.

Go out on one of the many fishing excursions into the Gulf of Mexico.

Catch a Deep Water Charter and land your own (tuna, shark and many more large breeds).

Golf - No snow and sunny days make winter golfing GREAT GOLFING

Play a few rounds at the many nearby world class golf courses such as:

Plantation Inn in Crystal River

Seven Rivers Golf & Country Club - Crystal River

Pine Ridge Country Club and Golf Course - Beverly Hills

Twisted Oaks Golf Club - Beverly Hills

Inverness Golf & Country Club - Inverness

Lakeside Country Club - Inverness

Point O' Woods Golf Club - Inverness

And many more in other nearby towns and cities!

Nature - You will see and do things here that you cannot see or do anywhere else!

Sit on the island and watch the eagles and osprey hunt or battle for food, watch the dolphins cruise by (usually twice daily) on their fishing trips.

Swim with the sweet & gentle but endangered manatee.

Visit one of the many wildlife refuges and hiking or boating/canoeing areas.

Bird watch the many species that call this area home or that winter and breed in our vast wetlands.

See more varieties of butterflies in one place than you normally see at home.

Visit one of the many wildlife parks in the area and view alligators the safe way.

See the herons, pelicans, egrets, and more who call our island shores their dinner table.

Sit and watch the stone and blue crabs scurry for your table scraps when you toss them off the deck or points.

History - Remember this is one of the first areas to be explored and one of the last to be built up.

Recently an archaeology student from Florida State was hiking our vast backlands and wetland areas and he spotted something rising above the normally flat land. He investigated it further and found relics of an old Native American habitation. He contacted his professors who received permission from the State of Florida to explore this area more fully. Upon unearthing some of the hill, they found an ancient Indian Burial Mound that pre-dates Christ by thousands of years. The area is dotted with such small or large hills and mounds jutting out here and there on the otherwise flat wetland areas. Walk the large mound, now an official historical site, or canoe the backwater and try to spot some others but beware the places you chose to walk on these out islands, there may be spirits there protecting their own.

Visit the Yulee Sugar Mill in neighboring Homosassa. This mill provided sugar to the Confederate troops and was the target of one of the biggest and most dangerous Yankee espionage plots of the entire war.

If you visit on the right times, you may see a Civil War Re-enactment, Renaissance and Medieval Fairs, roaring 20s re-enactments such as the bloody end of Ma Barker and her boys as the G Men found and shot it out with them in the home in which they held up. Even Al Capone spent a bit of time hiding out here.

We are within a few hours drive of many of the first Spanish colonies in the Americas, including Saint Augustine on the Atlantic Coast and Ponce De Leon's Fountain of Youth in the panhandle.

Diving/Scuba/Snorkeling

In the midst of the vast Florida Aquifer system, we are ideally located for those who wish to dive the hundreds of natural springs or the nearby reef in the Gulf of Mexico.  This is an especially good area for those daring divers who wish to do some cave diving.  We are surrounded by springs and the Gulf of Mexico.

Snorkelers will delight in the clear waters of the Crystal and Homosassa Rivers and the fish and the gentle and loving endangered Manatees that abound there in the winter and in the crystal waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the teeming wildlife, such as small Hammerhead Sharks (virtually harmless to man), Manta Ray and the gentle giant, the Florida/Indian Manatee.  This is the only place in the world where man and manatee are encouraged to touch one another and interact. Once you have come in contact with a Manatee, your life and your outlook will never be the same.

Novice snorkelers can practice and receive some advice at our own pool before going out. 

Snorkeling equipment may be rented or purchased or brought with you.

Diving equipment may be rented from one of the excellent nearby dive shops or brought with you.  We do not rent nor furnish scuba equipment.

Learn to dive from one of the many excellent experienced instructors and schools in the area - we will make the arrangements for you - lessons are at additional cost but reasonably priced.


Rest and Tranquility

For the frazzled CEO or anyone seeking peace and quiet, this is the ideal place.  We are greatly limited in our numbers of guests and are surrounded by only the peaceful sounds of nature: birds calling and dolphins and mullet splashing about.  Some have gotten here and marveled at the absence of city noises.  The pace is soft and slow and you can do as much or as little as you desire.  You can decide to cook in, call for delivered food, pick up a quick sandwich or chicken dinner from the local deli or go out to one of the many fine establishments on the waterfront within a couple miles of the island.

This is the perfect place to sit in a sky chair and read or to lie about the pool deck or yard on one of the plush chaise lounge chairs or on the patio or deck in one of the chairs or loungers.

Stay in - go out - no one but you will decide what you have to do.

For Internet users and email users, computers and internet time are available at a nominal charge but you may and probably will find yourself asking yourself why bother.

Attractions within an hour drive:

Crystal River State Archaeological Site  

Hundreds of Natural Springs

Rainbow Springs

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

Historical Yulee Mill and Old Homosassa

Tarpon Springs

Silver Springs

Other Places in Citrus County

Day Trips

Most are within 2 hours one-way; you can leave the island at 8am and be at any Orlando attraction by opening, leave at 8pm and be back to the island by 10pm.

Cypress Gardens/Lego Land

Gatorland

Disney World and 13 Disney Theme and Water Parks

SeaWorld Orlando

St. Augustine

Universal Studio/Islands of Adventure

Busch Gardens, Tampa

Kennedy Space Center

Cocoa Beach

Ron Jon's Surf Shop

 
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Last updated Monday, December 02, 2013