3 PLACES WITHIN
Welcome to the Manatee Capital of the World.
When the water temperature drops in the Gulf of Mexico, manatees move to the warmer waters of the Crystal River, followed closely by nature-loving tourists and other visitors.
Located along Central Florida’s "Nature Coast," Crystal River is one of the few places where you can swim with manatees. The springs flow at a constant 72 degrees, making the waters attractive to all sorts of swimmers in the winter.
While there, consider a stop at the Plantation on Crystal River, a place of stately white buildings and true Southern charm. Here, water, golf and fine dining are the primary calling cards.
About an hour from the Orlando International Airport, New Smyrna Beach is a paradise for anyone who loves salt water.
No matter how simple or eclectic your taste, the New Smyrna Beach area has something for everyone.The town boasts the most consistent and one of the best surfing beaches on the Eastern Seaboard.
Offshore fishing opportunities include great bottom fishing and fishing for pelagic species. And inshore anglers enjoy a maze of mangrove and salt marsh habitats that teem with redfish, trout and flounder among other species..
When you’re done fishing, check our everything else -- and there's plenty -- that New Smryna Beach has to offer here.
Sarasota, one of Florida’s primary Gulf Coast cities, offers visitors a thrilling visual blend of fine art and fine dining, circus thrills and pristine beaches, and a wide array of shopping opportunities.
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota pays homage to the Ringlings, the family behind America’s most famous circus. Check out the old costumes, wagons, and the world’s largest miniature circus. Art lovers can appreciate the largest collections of Rubens canvasses in the world right in Sarasota, plus works by Old Masters.
You can also tour Ca' d'Zan Mansion, a magnificent 56-room Venetian Gothic palace and the Ringlings' old family home.