If you really want to get away from everything, come to Crystal River. Fifty years ago, this was just another backwater town. Scientists noticed a small herd of manatees that came to the springhead in the winter, but locals thought they were nothing more than strange-looking speed bumps. Attitudes changed, and awareness raised.
The manatees were embraced and protected, and the population rebounded. Now, the Florida manatees are the only worldwide population to be on the rise. Their numbers are increasing enough to make it off the endangered list, but Crystal River, Florida, is the only place in the world you can snorkel with manatees in clear water. And the Crystal Blue Lagoon Bed and Breakfast is the only accommodation next to one of the special springheads these aquatic angels love so much.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway in Central Florida, you have to consider swimming with manatees. Also, because of the modest backdrop of Crystal River and bargain flights to Orlando or Tampa, this is one the best cheap romantic getaways in Florida. There are still some great dining options, like the surprisingly gourmet Vintage on 5th, home to the second-best she-crab soup we’ve eaten in Florida (still worth it!).
What the Crystal Blue Lagoon lacks in luxury, it makes up for in location. Your right next to one of the most visited springs, and you are almost sure to spot a manatee or two resting right outside your door on a winter morning. You can jump in and snorkel with these sirens or use the B&B’s kayaks to go exploring for more. The property embraces mermaids and manatees, and you’ll see both in abundance throughout their decor. If that doesn’t satiate your mermaid cravings, the world-famous Weeki Wachee Springs mermaid show is just around the corner.
Active things for mermaid lovers to do in Crystal River include:
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