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Things to Do...

As a true local to the Nature Coast I have been fortunate enough to see and do almost everything our area has to offer.  Believe it or not there is more to do here than just fish, golf, or shop.  Here are a few activities that I recommend thinking about during your next vacation.

The Crystal River area has had the distinguished honor of being named the “Manatee Capital of the World.”  Rated one of the top 20 things to see and do in the United States I urge everyone to try swimming with the Manatees, this will definitely be an activity you will never forget.

Private Trips w/ Capt. Traci Woods

Group Trips w/ the Crystal Lodge Dive Center

The Homosassa's Wildlife Park is a great place to checkout local wildlife and get an up close look at some huge fish and manatees.  This has been rated one of the Best State Parks in America for years.

If you like a Lazy River ride than floating down the Crystal Clear Rainbow River is for you.  This is very inexpensive activity and has some of the most beautiful sights found any where in Florida.

If you’re into a little history and a lot of Archeology check out the Indian Burial Grounds located at the Crystal River state preserve.  Here is your chance to look back in time and see what the real Crystal River once looked like.

Looking for a Beach?  Fort Island Beach is Crystal River's only saltwater beach, this 1,000-foot beach features picnic facilities and concessions. There is boat ramp and dock accessibility. You can sunbathe, swim, build a sandcastle or try out your fishing skills on the nearby pier.

Good food and some history is what the Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs has to offer.  This is a little bit of a drive but is a fantastic place to check out everything Greek.

Crystal River Accommodations

There are a number of beautiful places to stay here in the Crystal River and Homosassa area. What makes a great place to stay are the accommodations, hospitality, location and atmosphere. I highly recommend staying some where on the water where you’ll have the opportunity to view the true beauty of the area twenty four hours a day. Here is a list of accommodations that I highly recommend.

The Best Western Resort is located right on the water in the heart of downtown Crystal River. This beautiful facility has some of the best restaurants and shops Crystal River has to offer all on its facility. Not to mention it features a gorgeous pool over looking Kings Bay, a boat ramp and a “World Class Fly Shop.” All Red Hot Fishing Charters clients can be picked up right on the water and receive a special 20% off discounted room rate.

Crystal River Hunter Springs Pool Home - This vacation rental has been a favorite of my clients for years. Located right on a crystal clear spring fed canal, swimming with the manatees off of your own private dock is not only a possibility but a probability. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home is great for a family interested in enjoying everything the Crystal River area has to offer. Free use of kayaks, a swimming pool, and a beautiful sun room make this one of the more busy rentals in the area.

The King’s Bay Lodge is located on a gorgeous portion of the Crystal River. One of the most appealing aspects of this facility is a large spring flowing through their natural outdoor swimming pool. They offer fully equipped ground level efficiency suites with parking just outside the door. The units have various sleeping accommodations to suit one person or a family.

The Plantation Inn is a vacation experience with in itself.  A beautiful golf course, great restaurant, and a full time dive shop all on the premises allows for limitless activities during your vacation.  With the Plantation Inn boasting plenty of water front views and docking facilities that can accommodate a limitless amount of boats, this resort is a favorite for many traveling guests and company’s looking to impress their associates or employees.  ALL FLORIDA FISHING ADVENTURES ANGLERS RECEIVE A DISCOUNTED ROOM RATE DURING THEIR STAY.

Homosassa Accommodations

MacRae’s of Homosassa is one of the oldest and most famous resorts found anywhere in Florida. Besides their beautiful views and great accommodations, there have been more angler “World Records” set out of this resort than any other in the area. This is a true historical icon for any fishermen/women.

The Riverside Resort over looking the famous Monkey Island has long been a favorite hangout for many of the more famous “World Record” hunters. Billy Pate, Stu Apte, Lefty Kreh, and Ted Williams are just a few of the guests who called this place home when searching for their records. This a true piece of history with a great view.


When visiting the Nature Coast there are plenty of great local restaurants that will surely take care of your taste buds. Whether it’s fresh local Seafood that your after or a great Steak the Restaurants of the Nature Coast will surely be able to please everyone in your group. Below is a small sample of our most favorite Restaurants.

When in town please take advantage of the Fresh Catch and Cook Restaurants that will prepare your most recent catch! These restaurants are designated in BOLD below.

Crystal River Restaraunts:

Pecks and the Old Port Cove
(Favorite Seafood Restaurant to cook your catch):
139 N Ozello Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-2806

Oysters Restaurant
(Great catch and cook.  Fried Chicken is Famous!)
606 NE US Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-2633

Vintage on the 5th
(Best Food in the county)
114 NE 5th St.
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 794-0004 

Sea Hagg Deli
(Great Package Lunch Spot)
9691 W Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 651-5124

River Ranch Cafe
(Great Local Food)
631 N Citrus Ave.
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 564-0902 

(Great Bar & Grill)
502 NW 6th St.
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-3999

The Seafood Cellar
(WOW!  Awesome Food)
160 SE US HWY 19
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 228-4936

Charlie’s Fish House
(Fresh Seafood)
224 HWY 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-3949

Dan’s Clam Stand
(Great Seafood Option)
2315 N Sunshine Path
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-9081

West 82 Grill
(Plantation Inn Restaurant)
9211 W Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-4211

Homosassa Restaraunts:

The Freezer
(Awesome local spot)
5590 S Boulevard Dr.
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 628-2452

Seagrass Restaurant
(Great Homosassa Food)
10386 W Halls River Rd.
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 503-6808

Michellos Pizza and Subs
(Best spot for Pizza and Italian in Homosassa)
3772 HWY 19
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 628-7704

Riverside Crab House
(The Monkey Bar)
5297 S Cherokee Way
Homosassa, FL 34448
(352) 628-2474

Golfing Options

So you’re interested in getting in some Awesome fishing and a Great round of golf during your next vacation, well you have picked the best area in Florida for both. Citrus County is home to some of the best Golf Courses found anywhere in Florida. With a number of highly rated public courses, semiprivate courses and many respected private courses and clubs to choose from you’re only a short drive away from a wide variety of golf courses that are ideal for every taste, skill level and budget.

While getting a round in on one of our pristine golf courses the first thing you’ll notice is the quality of the grounds and the wealth of natural scenery and wildlife that can be observed while playing. What better vacation can you ask for by adding a little golfing into your fishing plans?

Citrus County, Florida, Golf Courses:

Black Diamond Golf Course
2600 W. Black Diamond Circle
Lecanto, FL 34461
(352) 746-3446

World Woods Golf Course
17590 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Brooksville, FL 34614
(352) 796-5500 ext 4

El Diablo Golf & Country Club
10405 N Sherman Ave
Citrus Springs, FL 34434
(352) 465-0986

Plantation Inn & Golf Resort
903 W Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, Fl 34423
(352) 795-7211

Skyview at Tierra Vista
2100 N Tierra Vista Dr
Hernando, FL 34442
(352) 746-3664

Seven River Golf & Country Club
7395 W Pinebrook St
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-2100

Southern Woods Golf & Country Club
1501 Corkwood Blvd
Homosassa, FL 34447
(352) 382-1200

SugarMill Woods Golf & Country Club
1 Douglas St
Homosassa, FL 34447
(352) 382-2663

Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club
509 E Hartford St
Hernando, FL 34442
(352) 746-4425

Citrus Springs Golf & Country Club
8690 N Golfview Dr
Citrus Springs, FL 34434
(352) 489-5045

The Dunes at Seville
18200 Seville Clubhouse Dr
Weeki Wachee, FL 34614
(352) 596-PUTT