Paddling with Manatees in Florida

Bozeman Paddling - Kayaking And Canoeing Meetup
Bozeman Paddling - Kayaking And Canoeing Meetup
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Grannie's Country Cookin’ Restaurant

1712 SE US Hwy 19 · Crystal River, FL

How to find us

No specific place. This is a popular local cafe, something like the Western Cafe in Bozeman, but larger and definitely informal and popular for breakfast. Listing it provides a quick map of the area.

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UPDATE: As of January 23, 2020 there has not been enough interest to make this trip a reality. Perhaps someone will want to do this trip in about December[masked] to March[masked]
We'll leave this description here just as a sample of the ideas which members can contribute.

The Dec 31 at 1am is just a place holder on the calendar. (The MeetUp system requires that something be entered for dates and times.) In general, start early to beat the crowds.

The general location is near the towns of Crystal River and Homosassa Springs in Citrus County in Florida. That's on the Gulf Coast side of Florida.

Crystal River is about 80 miles north of Tampa and 90 miles west of Orlando. Those two cities have good flight connections from Bozeman. Allow 2 hours for driving time because of the time required to exit from those metropolitan areas. (Orlando is the airport servicing Disney World so the area is crowded with tourists, but that allows more flight connections and the airport is well designed for handling crowds.) If flying into Tampa, rather than staying in Crystal River, consider staying in Homosassa Springs which is near a large wildlife area and ten miles closer to Tampa.

"How to find us": People going will need to decide where they want to stay and meet up. Both towns are small coastal villages with retirement villages nearby. The main highway along the west coast of Florida goes through them and hence there are plenty of motels and fast food restaurants.

Things to do:

Go on a pontoon boat tour to swim with manatees (you don't much swim, to see them close you just float with a life jacket and wet suit and move silently and slowly like them - they may start to wonder if you are a newcomer manatee and come look at you!)

There are plenty of kayak rental businesses usually providing just basic sit on top kayaks, although some places also rent transparent plastic canoes.

Visit some of the many nearby nature reserve areas.

Q: Who would seriously be interested in doing this about February 21 for about five days (before most college kids arrive for spring break) and who would be willing to roughly coordinate?

More details and updates will appear on our DownToMeet site which is an expanded version of this site. Paid up members on our site in MeetUp can join for free on the new site - just search for it and apply.

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