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Manatee Tours

Manatee Facts


There's no better way to see these awesome creatures than with a trip in the beautiful waters these gentle giants call home. View the sea cows on a guided adventure in Citrus County, Florida, which is the only place on the planet where encounters are encouraged and even legal.

These awesome
creatures are related to the Steller's sea cow, which was hunted to extinction in 1768. Calves are born weighing in around 60 lbs and can add 700 lbs in their first year. The closest relative to the manatee is the elephant. They have no eyelashes or eyelids like most mammals and muscles around the eyes close and open much like a camera aperture. Its heart beats at a rate of 50 to 60 times per minute.

Communication between mama and baby is by squeaking. Here we have the only growing herd of the endangered mermaids in the world. They make their home here, in the Crystal River/Homosassa Springs area of Citrus County Florida. The manatees are an endangered species, so all the better reasons for residents of the community to defend one of God's creatures, an animal with a face that only a mother could love.


  While visiting why not kayak the back-country of "Old Florida" and observe nature like you've never seen it before. Record breaking catches of tarpon, reds and macks have been snagged in the waters that make up Citrus County. A "shout out" to all of those who love to fish, and a quick reminder to novice fishermen or visitors, please don't throw fishing line into the water. Many species of aquatic life are prone to ingest it which causes the death of many marine mammals every year.

It's a truly life changing experience to touch and interact with our community's mascot and there are great advantages when you choose one of the guided trips with a seasoned captain.
You also can make you manatee trip a once-in-a-lifetime experience by staying on an island while you are here in Crystal River. Paradise Found Island Retreat has all the amenities: solar heated pool, 2 spas, fire ring and, with only 2 rental homes on the island, it is a vacation of a lifetime.

Make your vacation a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

Make your manatee encounter a once-in-a-lifetime experience by staying on a Private Island with just your group.

Your rental includes:

  • unlimited use of 10 kayaks and 2 canoes

  • free wood on-site for your nightly private bonfire 

  • The star watching alone is worth the trip!

    Come and experience the charm of island life as it was years ago. 

    Find reds, trout, tarpon, snook and flounder awaiting your hook, in all the nooks and cuts all over our 300 islands, all of which are right here for you! See if you can find a still left here by Al Capone in the days of moon shining, or Indian artifacts on one of the many islands they lived on long ago.

    The vacation of a life time awaits you!
    Call us today to start your adventure.
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