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Gulf Breeze Fishing Charters

http://www.gulfbreezefishingcharters.com/

I'm Captain Larry Hendrix a professional fishing guide fishing daily putting customers on fish. I fish out of the Crystal River and Homosassa, Florida area. I offer flats, inshore, and offshore trips, to House your schedule and budget.  You can ride in comfort in my 24' Sailfish center console, which I use for offshore and inshore. I also have a 16' G3 center console for flats trips.  This will seat two and is an adventurous choice, as well as the most economical.

Whether you are new to fishing or an experienced angler I can ensure you will have a great time with your friends and family. I can arrange multiple boat trips if you have a larger party.

Booking a trip is easy on my website.  Simply fill out the Reservation Form or call me to make sure I have the dates available? you are requesting. I do get busy at certain times of the year and recommend you book in advance. If you would like to know the best time to book for great fishing, then give me a call, or ?Email me and I will guide you with the best way to go.

Crystal River Market Day with Art

On the second Saturday of each month, Crystal River hosts Market Day with art. It's a two day event at Heritage Village on Citrus Avenue in downtown Crystal River. You can buy fresh produce, seafood, herbs and flowers, and also fine art, antiques, and much more. There are many vendors of interest who take the time to talk and introduce you to their particular line. You can park at one of the restaurants, have lunch, and go to the festival.

Crystal River State Archeological Site

3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, Florida 34428

(352) 795-3817

The first humans arrived in Florida about 14,000 years ago. They found a land that extended far out into the Gulf of Mexico. The present Citrus County shore line was at that time almost 200 feet above sea level. The Crystal River Archaeological State Park gives the first glimpse at the earliest settlements in Citrus County. For approximately 1,600 years (200 B.C. until A.D. 1400), people of the Deptford culture appear to have occupied this site. The 14 acre, six mound complex is one of the most imposing prehistoric ceremonial centers on Florida's west coast.

Hours:

Park Hours: 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

Park Visitor Center: 8:00 a.m. until sundown, closed on weekends

Admission Fee:

$3.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit eight people per vehicle.

$2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

4150 S. Suncoast Blvd.
Homosassa, FL 34446

(352) 628-5343

Visitors can see West Indian manatees every day of the year from the park's underwater observatory in the main spring. The park showcases native Florida wildlife, including manatees, black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, American crocodiles, and river otters. Manatee programs are offered three times daily. At the Wildlife Encounter programs, snakes and other native animals are featured. Recreational opportunities include picnicking, nature study, and bird-watching. The park features a children's education center that provides hands-on experiences about Florida's environment. Transportation from the visitor center on U.S. 19 to the West Entrance is available by tram or boat. The park has two concessionaire-operated gift shops and a concessionaire-operated café with a selection of beverages and snacks. Please plan three to four hours to tour the park. Check the Ranger Programs for a list of interactive events throughout the park each day.

Hours:

Park: 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., 365 days a year

Ticket counters close at 4:00 p.m.

Admission Fee:

Adults (tax included) $13.00

Children ages 6 through 12 (tax included) $5.00

Children 5 and under Free

Daily Educational Programs at the Park

Wildlife Encounters: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Manatee Programs: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Alligator/Hippopotamus Program at 12:30 p.m.

Plantation Golf Resort & Spa

9301 County Road 44

Crystal River, FL

(352) 795-4211

www.plantationgolfandspa.com    

At the Plantation Golf Resort & Spa, you’ll find an exclusive central Florida golf resort featuring 27 holes of competitive and challenging golf originally designed by highly regarded course architect Mark Mahannah. Fifty years ago, Mahannah set out to create a rewarding course in the traditional “Florida” style with a variety of water and bunker obstacles. The course has certainly aged well, with an assortment of challenging fairways lined by mature emerald pine and oak trees native to the region, and water hazards on 21 of the course’s 27 holes.

Fort Island Gulf Beach

16000 W. Fort Island Trail

Crystal River, FL 34429

This is the only public beach in the area.  This is a 1,000-foot beach with picnic facilities and concessions. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  There is a boat ramp and dock accessibility. There is also a fishing pier. It is open daylight to 9:30 PM. Turn west on Fort Island Trail and follow to the end, approximately 9 miles. This is a free facility.

Nature Coast Canoe & Kayak Trail

The Nature Coast Canoe and Kayak Trail is 17 miles long and begins on the Salt River off Crystal River (near the Marine Science Station on Hwy. 44 , west of Hwy. 19). The trail follows markers on the Salt River south, to the Homosassa River. At this point the trail goes east on the Homosassa River, a few hundred feet to a location called Battle Creek. The Southern leg of this trail is called the Michael Byer Memorial Trail and picks up the markers at Homosassa and Battle Creek. The trail then goes southward through Seven Cabbage Cut to the mouth of the Chassahowitzka River.

Withlacoochee Bay Trail / Felburn Park Trailhead
The Felburn Park Trailhead and Withlacoochee Bay Trail are managed as a unit of the 90,000 acre Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. Felburn Park, formerly a limerock mine, is approximately 140 acres. Remnants of the mining activity include the 40-acre Phil’s Lake that was formed when the limerock mining hit the freshwater aquifer, thus filling the lake.

The Withlacoochee Bay Trail traverses 5 miles west from the Felburn Park Trailhead to the Gulf-of-Mexico along the southern side of the former Cross Florida Barge Canal. The 12-foot-wide, multi-use paved trail runs adjacent to the barge canal for the first 2.5 miles and then switches its path to the south side of the “berm” that was created by the canal’s excavation. The westernmost 2.5 miles of the trail runs through maritime hammocks and salt marsh. Bicycling, walking, or skating on the paved trail provides numerous opportunities to observe wildlife, picnic, or bank fish along the route. 

Parallel to the paved trail from Felburn Park, a vehicle access road traverses from the US 19 bridge west for almost 5 miles. This road provides access to the numerous multi-use platforms that are situated along the canal and the marsh to the south of the road and paved trail. The platforms are Housed for nature observation, picnicking, fishing, or just enjoying the great outdoors. At the westernmost end of the access road a parking area and canoe/kayak launch are available on the south side of the paved trail.

Major Activities: hiking, biking, rollerblading, horseback riding, birdwatching and fishing

Fee: None

Hours: 8:00am – Sunset
7 days a week, 365 days a year

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park

State Road 490
Homosassa, Florida

(352) 795-3817

This site was once part of a thriving sugar plantation owned by David Levy Yulee. Yulee was a member of the Territorial Legislative Council, and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate after Florida statehood. The park contains the remnants of the once-thriving 5,100-acre sugar plantation: a forty-foot limestone masonry chimney, iron gears, and a cane press. The steam-driven mill operated from 1851 to 1864 and served as a supplier of sugar products for southern troops during the Civil War

Park Hours: 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year

No fees

Copp Winery and Wine Bar

11 NE 4th Avenue

Crystal River, Florida 34429

(352) 564-9463

www.coppwinery.com

Hand-crafted wines are produced on-site in from the finest domestic and imported grapes and juices. Wines are available by the glass, bottle, or case. You can also sample the best varieties of your favorite reds and whites as well as rare and unique blends while you treat your senses and palate to an extraordinary experience.

Wednesday & Thursday: 12-9
Friday & Saturday: 12-11
Sunday 1-6