Winter months prime time to swim with Manatees and Dive
A hidden gem along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River has created two winter packages giving guests the chance to swim with the West Indian Manatee in Crystal River, Fla., the only location in North America where you can legally swim and interact with these sea cows in the wild.
Starting at $274 for two guests, the one-night Swim with the Manatees package* includes:
- Accommodations in a garden view room
- Manatee snorkeling tour for two from the Plantation Adventure Center with all equipment needed (mask, snorkel and wetsuit).Tours leave directly from the on-property dock at Plantation Adventure Center & Dive Shop and provide hot chocolate and coffee on the enclosed boats and a hot shower facility for those guests who already checked out or snorkelers not staying at the resort.
- Breakfast for two at West 82⁰ Bar & Grill
- Welcome bag with plush manatee toy, fun facts and manatee interaction guidelines.
If guests would like to add a little more adventure and an additional night to their getaway, the resort is also offering a two-night Adventure Center package*. In addition to all the amenities from the Manatee package, guests receive an additional night and additional breakfast. A dinner at West 82⁰ Bar & Grill is also included, as well as a choice of a guided tour for two to one of Florida’s most pristine rivers and fourth largest spring system in Florida, Rainbow River, all-day kayak rental, guided sunset kayak tour or guided kayak sunrise tour. The Adventure Center package starts at $549 for two people.
Manatee tours are offered year-round at Plantation’s Adventure Center & Dive Shop, headquarters for Florida’s best spring dives, but in the winter time guests are more than likely to see these gentle giants. During prime manatee viewing season, which usually runs from Oct.1-Mar. 31 depending on temperatures, guests will experience the truly unique travel adventure of swimming among hundreds of manatees as they play, eat, and socialize with one another. The manatees enjoy the year-round 72⁰F waters of Florida’s second largest spring system – relatively warm considering manatee season is in the winter.
For more information about Plantation on Crystal River resort or Adventure Center & Dive Shop, visit PlantationonCrystalRiver.com or call 800-632-6262.
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*Based on double occupancy. Rate includes Sunday-Thursday stays. Resort fee additional. Call for weekend pricing. Water view, patio rooms, Junior suites and golf villas are available for an additional charge. Additional nights and people sharing room are available for additional charge. Rates subject to availability. Taxes and gratuities not included.
About Plantation on Crystal River
The eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of King’s Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes and rivers, as well as wildlife refuges and state parks. On site, the Plantation features a full-service family-oriented dive and tour operation marina, 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 18-hole golf course, 9-hole executive course, Aveda spa, delectable dining and inviting accommodations. Guests have the unique opportunity to swim with the manatees, rent a pontoon or Jon boat, relax by the riverfront pool, enjoy a game of croquet on the manicured lawn, or hire a guided fishing charter. With more than 1,600 feet of seawall, overnight guests can tie up their boats at any of over 80 spaces. A golf school and SCUBA certification classes are also available to guests of the hotel.