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The possibilities are endless, when you vacation at Memories & Manatees Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Crystal River, Kings Bay, Canal waterfront pool home

This stunning waterfront manor in Crystal River is not your typical vacation rental home.

Memories and Manatees is truly a part of the habitat for local wildlife and manatees.

The recently remodeled three-bedroom, two bath canal waterfront home was designed to be your home away from home. Artfully redecorated, all furnishings, appliances, artwork and accessories are new, and of the highest quality. It contains everything guests will need to enjoy all the activities that the beautiful Crystal River area has to offer. It includes an enclosed full size inground pool, a boat slip, indoor/outdoor Florida room with beautiful water frontage, a one car garage, and all the amenities the discerning guest will appreciate. The full cooks kitchen is stocked with all the amenities needed to enjoy a relaxing waterfront meal, including side-by-side refrigerator, gas range, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, slow cooker (crock pot), cookware, dishes and cutlery, etc.

Memories and Manatees is located just minutes from the gulf of Mexico. Manatees, dolphins, river otters and a myriad of birds and other wild life frequent the area and manatees are often seen playing at our sea wall. Kayaks, floating kayak launch dock, fishing poles with full tackle box, 3 different size coolers and everything you need to enjoy a vacation filled with leisure and adventure is here. The backyard features private extensive river views and all the wildlife that comes along with it. If you choose to bring and dock your boat, the property also contains a cut in boat slip. (22 foot boat max.)

The house has three bedrooms and sleeps 7 people comfortably. The master bedroom suite has a queen bed and a private bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen bed and in the third bedroom are two twin beds. There is also a full size futon in the sitting area to accommodate extra guests.

Also included are five flat screen smart TVs with DVD players. There is one in each bedroom one in the living room, and one in the cozy sitting area just off the formal dining room. Cable TV access is provided on three of the TVs, and all are smart TVs that can also access Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. wireless high-speed Internet, accessible throughout the property, is also provided.

The garage contains a high efficiency washer and dryer available for your use. The patio is screened with a special fine mesh to help keep even the smallest bug out. It includes an electric George foreman grill, as well as a charcoal grill outside for those cool evening barbecues, and there is ample seating outside for manatee, bird and wild life viewing as you sit and dine alongside the river.

Memories and Manatees also features an inground pool for those hot days you just want to stay home play and keep cool. Two one person kayaks are provided along with a “bottomless kayak” - a see through two person tandem, which is EXCELLENT for viewing at Three Sisters Springs. The home is a five minute kayak ride to Kings Bay and an hours beautiful kayak ride to Three Sisters Springs.

Crystal river has activities for the whole family, including world class flats fishing for redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel, cobia, and tarpon. Crystal River offers one of the few remaining areas to scallop in Florida during the summer. Much fun for all ages! Catch freshwater bass and trap blue crabs off the sea wall, or look for manatees and dolphins. Come see the hundreds of manatees, November through March, that migrate at the springs. Offshore, there is terrific shallow and deep water grouper fishing. Within a short drive, there is a mall with they multiplex movie theater, restaurants and shopping in historic downtown Crystal River, kayaking, tubing down Rainbow River, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, walking and bike trails, scuba diving, and swimming with the manatees. Plan a day trip to any of the nine state parks within 50 miles or work on your backswing at one of the 12 nearby golf courses.

There’s no place like Memories and Manatees - a paradise in it’s own right. We hope to welcome you to a place where you will make memories to last a lifetime!

At Memories and Manatees, we are always eager to help you plan the perfect holiday, whether it be for just a romantic getaway for two, or a family. For quality, comfort, cleanliness, convenience and fun, Memories and Manatees will not disappoint.

More Details

Megan Van Pelt
Member since: 2018
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 June, 2018

About Megan Van Pelt

We have been renting this home for the past seven years with our four daughters. Previously known to many as "Our Dream Villa"

We loved it so much, when it went up for sale we just knew we had to have it.

We hope that you make some a amazing memories at Memories & Manatees Paradise just as we have.

Megan Van Pelt purchased this house in 2018

Why Megan Van Pelt chose Crystal River

Waterfront, inground pool, kayaks, fishing, Kings bay, Three Sisters Springs, Hunters Springs, Fort Island Gulf Beach, So much to do!

Fun for everyone of all ages!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crystal River in Citrus County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Only smoking in the Fl room. Not in the house
  • Garage is not to be used for vehicle storage. Garage is only used for kayaks storage.
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 full bathrooms provided with bath towels
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom a queen size bed with its own private bathroom. Smart TV with cable 2nd bedroom has queen size bed with smart TV 3rd bedroom has two twin beds with smart TV Full size futon in the sitting area with smart TV with cable
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool


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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Lawrenceburg Indiana

Spacious Quiet Home

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful and located on a very quiet dead end street. Our kids from cities just loved the quiet nites and comfortable bedrooms. The house is more spacious that the picts can show, we had 5 people and plenty of room for everyone. Sitting in the screened porch overlooking the canal and undeveloped land across the canal was a real treat. We saw manatees in the canal and at the springs in the area. Water was clear and fresh which made for great canoe rides. The home is fully equipped and everything works. Meg, the owner was great to work with and made check in perfect. Would recommend the home to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you and your family had a great time! You were wonderful guests, and we hope to have you back to Memories and Manatees. Meg & TR
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What a beautiful home! Clean and spacious

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, very roomy, and I felt at home. It's right on a canal, so when it's stormy, the Florida room is perfect to sit out and listen to nature.

This was by far, the best vacation we've had in 20 years!

They have kayaks at the house, fishing gear, everything was right there, saving a bunch of money!

DEFINITELY planning a winter trip already!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very Enjoyable Stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. The house is fully stocked, spotless and the setting on the river is a lot of fun, for Kayaking or just enjoying the wild life. We actually saw a Manatee right off the dock, and he hung around for a while. The house has been completely rebuilt and updated. Every appliance is new, the baths and kitchen have been redone. The location is minutes to everything in Crystal River, including State and Local Parks, Restaurants, supermarkets, drug stores etc. We liked the Greenhouse Bistro and Market - healthy choices on a great menu. Oysters is a local favorite, inexpensive and good southern food. We were there April 21st, and unfortunately the pool was cold, until the last day we were there and we did get in. If there was any suggestion about the house, it would be a pool heater. The owners are very responsive and helpful. The neighborhood is desirable, and there are new fancy homes being built.. You can actually Kayak to the Margaritta Breeze, dock bar and restaurant, and other parks and interesting locations.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to having you back!
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Property was in great shape

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. House was very clean. Very nice setting with the other side of the canal having no houses. Nice beach not far away and my kids loved the pool!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed the house! Come back anytime!
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  • 5 of 5

Having the kayaks included was great! Very nice and clean. Owners were very nice and helpful. They made sure that you felt at home. Many great Memories were made with our family.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad you and your family had a great time! You were wonderful guests, and we hope to have you back to Memories and Manatees. Meg & TR
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Seminole, FL

Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Great time here at this home. We actually found an unbelievable area close to the house using the kayaks and were surrounded by manatees! My kids were actually a little intimidated being that close even though they are gentle giants. House was close and convenient to everything. Will definitely be coming back soon!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the great review! We greatly appreciate your kind words! We can't wait for you and your family to come back and make some more memories, At Memories and Manatees. Once again, Thanks! Megan and TR
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £132.86
Damage Deposit £265.72

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.