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Waterfront with gorgeous view, pet friendly and heated pool!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 18, instant hot water, fully stocked kitchen, linens and towels included.

Sitting on the backwaters of the Gulf of Mexico, with an absolutely gorgeous backyard view of Dixie Bay and St Martin's Marsh Aquatic Preserve, is our pet friendly, three bedroom, 13 bed, two bath, (BUT WITH AUTOMATIC HOT WATER), dining room seating for 16, 2000 square foot waterfront ranch in Crystal River, Florida.

We are only minutes away from the beach or boat launch that takes you to Kings Bay or the Gulf, so bring your boat. Fun fishing right in your own backyard where visitors often see manatees or dolphins. Depending on the size of your boat it may be parked in the driveway. There are also two local marinas. For the adventurous, some boats can be driven to and tied up at the homes sea wall. Shallow water, especially at low tides makes for a tricky route, but it is a very beautiful ride. Inquire with Captain Traci if interested in learning the local back waters.

Manatee house boasts spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and a serene pastoral setting throughout the day.

Amenities include wireless internet access, over sized screened in and heated in ground pool with plenty of seating around the pool deck and lanai. Fully equipped kitchen and laundry room. Plenty of towels, linens, blankets and pillows, and a couple days supply of paper products to help ensure everyone's comfort.

In conjunction with Captain Traci Wood, we offer custom vacation packages as well, and we will gladly help you and your family/friends make the most of your visit to Crystal River, in the heart of FLORIDA'S NATURE COAST. Captain Traci will happily take you to swim with the manatees, look for dolphins, or on a sunset cruise.She will also help you plan any other activity available in the area. During your stay make sure you contact Captain Traci at and "Do Something Real Today"!!

More Details

Dan & Diana
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2018

About Dan & Diana

We came to swim with the manatees in 1999, and never left. The Crystal River area is laid back and unhurried, which was reminiscent of our home in Southeastern Michigan.

We are still associated with our charity back home which provides services for people with disabilities.

We bought the home on the water so we had a place for the people we serve, and our staff to visit and enjoy the beautiful sights and activities available on the Nature Coast.

Our daughter, Captain Traci has been a Manatee Tour Provider since 2000 and loves her job. You will enjoy your time with her. No one does it better.

Dan and Diana

Dan & Diana purchased this house in 2000

Why Dan & Diana chose Dixie Shores

The view from the backyard is one of the most beautiful you will ever find. The house is a simple three bedroom ranch which makes it comfortable and inviting. The pool makes it a blast for children of all ages.

We usually stay in houses when we travel and our main concern is always cleanliness, then comfort. As such, that is always our priority with Manatee House, and we hope that you appreciate our dedication to your comfort. Our cleaning crew does a wonderful job and Dan will meet you at check in and make sure that everything is as it should be. Kevin or Dan are available if an emergency occurs.

What makes this house unique

The most unique feature is our association with the best manatee tour captain, Captain Traci. She is dedicated to the environment and is a lover of all things nature. She absolutely loves her job and touring with her is well worth your time.

We also operate a paint and wine experience, and the largest art gallery outside of Miami, called Paint the Town Citrus, a unique restaurant featuring hand cut fries, and regional hot dogs from around the country, known as Nickey B's All American, and TG Stylz, a salon and spa, all located at the Crystal River Mall, just north of town on US HWY 19.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dixie Shores in Crystal River

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • Max. adults: 18
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Any cancellation that is necessary within the 60 day time frame for refunds will be given a raincheck and be able to use deposit at a future date
  • All pets must be well behaved and leashed outside. Be respecful of neighbors. Clean up after any messes inside and out. Damages will be billed to you.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Two full baths one with a walk in shower and one with a tub. The hot water heater is tankless, which provides instant hot water.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed , 2 Bunk Bed , playpen for babies in walk in closet
    Bedroom 3 - 4 Single Bed , plus a day bed and a pull out couch in the living room
  • One private bedroom with a king bed, the other two bedroom are set up dormitory style with twins and one full size bed and one queen , thirteen beds in all plus a day bed and a pull out couch in the living room. Any two adjoining singles can be made into a King Bed, with the adapter kit that is available. Please let us know if you would like another king bed or two before you arrive.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Activities available nearby: Manatee encounter, SCUBA diving, sunset cruise, nature hikes, biking, golf, day trips, amusement parks, fishing, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, restaurants, sightseeing, swimming, snorkeling & diving, boating, kayaking and canoeing and eco-tours. Paint the Town Citrus is the largest art gallery in Citrus County as well as a Paint and Wine Experience, come and join a fun night including wine, beer, soft drinks, finger foods and a free art giveaway, We also offer a 10% discount at TG Stylz Salon and Spa, pamper yourself while on vacation.


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Waterfront with gorgeous view, pet friendly and heated pool!
average rating of 4.8 based on 20 reviews

Christmas Fun at Crystal River

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I got the kids and grandkids together for some fun in the sun. The Dixie Shores home was the perfect place for all to swim in the pool, visit many natural spring parks, grill, and enjoy each other company. The home was clean with all the daily living needs provided. I will recommend this rental to all and we will be back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the shout out David. We try very hard to make everyone’s stay enjoyable. I was a bit bummed that the pool couldn’t keep up with the unseasonably cold weather. Glad you were able to enjoy it anyway. You must be part polar bear😳?
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We love going to this property. Lots of updates have happened. A few more need to be done.

  • 4 of 5

Great place, beautiful site. Still needs a little more upgrading. Needs new furniture in living room and one bedroom has too many beds; a little too crowded although kids would love it. Diana and Dan great to work with. I'd recommend this site to others.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family vacation

  • 3 of 5

We had a great time in crystal river, the house was very nice but did have some issues with the heated pool. It was not working at all The whole time we where there and when I called I was told it was because it couldn't keep up with the weather that's was 70 in the day and 50 at night. I thought the whole point of having a heated pool was so you could swim even if it was cold but that was not the case. My kids only got in one time and was purple after about 15 to 20 mins and the river was warmer then the heated pool. The whole reason that I rented this property was because if the Heated pool and it being right on the river so I was very dis appointed in that but we still made the best of it. Other then that the house is wonderful. Hope they fix the pool so they don't keep advertising it with the heated pool and then it not working.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Manatee House is absolutely perfect! The location is great for those who enjoy fishing! We enjoyed the pool and spending time with the family!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing getaway for my family!

  • 5 of 5

Great house, beautiful views, love love love it!! We had a great time and will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good location. Fine swimming pool. Comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Could use grab bars in showers. Enjoyed.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Plantation Inn
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Plantation Golf Resort
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Suncoast Parkway
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Pantation Inn
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Fort Island Gulf Beach
Car: necessary

Crystal River is the only known place in the world that you are allowed to actually get in the water and swim with manatees, an adventure that you will never forget. The largest concentration of manatees come into Kings Bay and the surrounding areas beginning early fall to late spring, when the ocean gets too cold for them. Some of them stay all year long, especially those who have newborns. The area is also well known for its scalloping season from the end of June until the end of September. We have seafood festivals, art festivals, manatee festival and many fruit themed festivals, such as the strawberry or blueberry festival. We have a local mall and movie theater, a fun activity for all is Paint the Town Citrus, an Art Gallery and Paint and Wine Establishment. Walk In Painting from 1-5 daily and evening events can be booked at 6:30PM nightly. Visit for more detials


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Dixie Shores, Florida Central Gulf Coast

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3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Accidental Damage Fee £37.68 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £113.05 + Tax
Pet Fee £56.53 + Tax

If you would like to use American Express to pay for your vacation, please contact me directly at or 352-746-9477. The cancellation policy will be; If reservation is cancelled 60 days prior to arrival a full refund will be issued, less any and all credit card fees charged to the owner, if applicable. If the reservation is cancelled within 60 days of arrival the $300.00 will not be refundable, but can be applied to a future stay at the house, depending upon availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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