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Guidebook for Crystal River

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Guidebook for Crystal River

Food Scene
The best seafood within 100 miles! Great drinks, usually reasonably stiff. Appetizer - Blue Crab Balls. Dinner - Catfish Louisanne.
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Seafood Seller & Cafe
300 SE US Hwy 19
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The best seafood within 100 miles! Great drinks, usually reasonably stiff. Appetizer - Blue Crab Balls. Dinner - Catfish Louisanne.
A unique place indeed. The right side is a hair salon and the left is a restaurant. They often do a themed menu and lately I've seen Fridays they have Tapis and live music. It is a small place and reservations may need to be considered. But, my reason for recommending the place is for takeout of their dessert, Key Lime Cake. OMG it is the best dessert in the area! I often call in the morning and they will have slices ready for pickup in the afternoon.
YAI YAI Style Lounge
530 N Suncoast Blvd
A unique place indeed. The right side is a hair salon and the left is a restaurant. They often do a themed menu and lately I've seen Fridays they have Tapis and live music. It is a small place and reservations may need to be considered. But, my reason for recommending the place is for takeout of their dessert, Key Lime Cake. OMG it is the best dessert in the area! I often call in the morning and they will have slices ready for pickup in the afternoon.
One of the best places to eat in the area. Outside waterfront sitting is available but be aware of the bugs about two hours before and after sunset. Bug spray is your friend outside during that time. Great drinks - often stiff. Appetizer - Banging Shrimp. Dinner - Almond encrusted catch of the day or catch of the day stuffed with crab. They can get busy on the weekends so be patient. Best night for avoiding crowds are Tuesday and Wednesday, but it's worth the wait even on the weekends.
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Peck's Old Port Cove
139 North Ozello Trail
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One of the best places to eat in the area. Outside waterfront sitting is available but be aware of the bugs about two hours before and after sunset. Bug spray is your friend outside during that time. Great drinks - often stiff. Appetizer - Banging Shrimp. Dinner - Almond encrusted catch of the day or catch of the day stuffed with crab. They can get busy on the weekends so be patient. Best night for avoiding crowds are Tuesday and Wednesday, but it's worth the wait even on the weekends.
Where the Ozello folks go for down home cooking and gossip. Tiki bar inside and the sell local Southern Grit beer and Chiefland, FL wines. Any Shrimp meal and their philly sandwiches are great. Checkout their Friday night specials too.
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Island Outpost
14231 W Ozello Trail
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Where the Ozello folks go for down home cooking and gossip. Tiki bar inside and the sell local Southern Grit beer and Chiefland, FL wines. Any Shrimp meal and their philly sandwiches are great. Checkout their Friday night specials too.
Parks & Nature
Manatee winter hangout. You can boat or kayak to see them just outside the spring entrance in the winter. There are also tour operators that can take you there. Depending on the manatee population, you may be able to swim into the springs. During summer, there is no mantee around but the springs are open to swim and hangout. Note, there is no water access from inside the park (i.e. walk-in), only by water. For those that have no interest in being on or in the water, you can go through the main street entrance and see the springs from a boardwalk. Contact me for additional details as necessary.
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Three Sisters Spring
939 SE 3rd Ave
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Manatee winter hangout. You can boat or kayak to see them just outside the spring entrance in the winter. There are also tour operators that can take you there. Depending on the manatee population, you may be able to swim into the springs. During summer, there is no mantee around but the springs are open to swim and hangout. Note, there is no water access from inside the park (i.e. walk-in), only by water. For those that have no interest in being on or in the water, you can go through the main street entrance and see the springs from a boardwalk. Contact me for additional details as necessary.
North America's oldest Hipppo "Lu" is there. My mom took a picture of Lu on her honeymoon in 1975 and during her recent visit snapped another photo of ol' Lu. There are also lots of native Florida animals there to see including manatee for the summer visitors. The lagoon where the manatee are there is a underwater viewing area. Great place to get closeups of manatee eating without getting wet. FYI, Disabled Veterans have free admission + one guest.
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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 South Suncoast Boulevard
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North America's oldest Hipppo "Lu" is there. My mom took a picture of Lu on her honeymoon in 1975 and during her recent visit snapped another photo of ol' Lu. There are also lots of native Florida animals there to see including manatee for the summer visitors. The lagoon where the manatee are there is a underwater viewing area. Great place to get closeups of manatee eating without getting wet. FYI, Disabled Veterans have free admission + one guest.
Inglis Dam & Island Recreation Area is hands down my favorite place to run. It has about 2 miles one way of beautiful paved road, and a little incline near the turnaround point. It is shaded and very quiet. There are additional dirt paths around the perimeter totaling about 6 miles. We’ve been there probably a dozen times and never seen more than 4 people on the trails/pavement. Horses are allowed on the dirt paths but I have only passed one once. Great for family walks, runs, etc.
Inglis Dam
Inglis Dam & Island Recreation Area is hands down my favorite place to run. It has about 2 miles one way of beautiful paved road, and a little incline near the turnaround point. It is shaded and very quiet. There are additional dirt paths around the perimeter totaling about 6 miles. We’ve been there probably a dozen times and never seen more than 4 people on the trails/pavement. Horses are allowed on the dirt paths but I have only passed one once. Great for family walks, runs, etc.
Sightseeing
How can one come and stay in Forida's Nature Coast and not go for an airboat ride. Located walking distance from our home. A truly unique experience. Our guide used one that had a corvette engine which made for a much quieter experence. They do have some kayaks for rental. Relax in their 2nd story bar and have some bar snack food. There is a small, small store there that may have some supplies to keep you from driving back to Crystal River.
Ozello Boats - Airboat Tours
2355 S Ripple Path
How can one come and stay in Forida's Nature Coast and not go for an airboat ride. Located walking distance from our home. A truly unique experience. Our guide used one that had a corvette engine which made for a much quieter experence. They do have some kayaks for rental. Relax in their 2nd story bar and have some bar snack food. There is a small, small store there that may have some supplies to keep you from driving back to Crystal River.
Everything Else
The local's local place. They serve great food breakfast, lunch, and dinner Wednesday-Sunday. They also serve beer and wine. They have a few groceries, beer, gas, non-ethanol gas, local pepper jellies, etc. Breakfast - shrimp and grits or island burrito. Lunch - chicken wings or Cuban sandwich. Friday dinner is often a special meal. Thursday dinner is local night where you can learn about the local gossip or maybe even score a fishing buddy. Typically the first Sunday of the month is a community potluck.
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Island Outpost
14231 W Ozello Trail
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The local's local place. They serve great food breakfast, lunch, and dinner Wednesday-Sunday. They also serve beer and wine. They have a few groceries, beer, gas, non-ethanol gas, local pepper jellies, etc. Breakfast - shrimp and grits or island burrito. Lunch - chicken wings or Cuban sandwich. Friday dinner is often a special meal. Thursday dinner is local night where you can learn about the local gossip or maybe even score a fishing buddy. Typically the first Sunday of the month is a community potluck.
Essentials
Discount grocery store.
Save A Lot
204 SE US Hwy 19
Discount grocery store.
Publix Super Market at Crystal Springs Shopping Center
6760 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Winn-Dixie
1651 SE US Hwy 19
Shopping
Walmart Supercenter
6885 S Suncoast Blvd
Crystal River Mall
1801 U.S. 19
Entertainment & Activities
Regal Crystal River Mall
1801 US-19