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Scalloping Crystal River Florida

Scalloping Crystal River Florida

Scalloping Crystal River Florida is just one of the many day trips that you can venture to just about 2 hours North of Anna Maria Island. There are many Anna Maria Island day trips and are all within just 100 miles from the Anna Maria Island area. Scalloping Crystal River Florida is an exciting recreation activity for the whole family! It’s no wonder people come from all over the country to scallop the gorgeous Crystal Rivers. Another popular activity in Crystal River is that you can swim with the Manatees. The water is super clear and is popular especially in the winter months when there is the highest concentration of manatees due to the warm temperatures.

This summer I took the kids Scalloping for the first time with a group of my girl friends. We checked into an old Florida style hotel from the 1950’s Kings Bay Lodge . It’s clean, cheap ($70.00 per night) Florida tacky and located right on the water. This hotel boasts one of the few remaining natural spring fed swimming pools in Florida. The thousands of gallons of pure spring water (70 degree) flowing through the pool each day form part of the start of the beautiful Crystal River. There are no chemicals required to clean this pool as nature does it! The natural grasses growing at the bottom and the rise and fall of the tide are part of a unique and ageless ecological system. Ok this pool really freaked me out because there were no chemicals and yes there is grass growing at the bottom! After a day of Scalloping Crystal River Florida in the hot sun I realized that it would be a great way to cool off! The kids had a blast and I even made it down the slide!

Scalloping Crystal River Florida

Scalloping Crystal River Florida

Scalloping Crystal River Florida

We ventured out to Scallop Crystal River Florida the 4th week of season even though Scalloping season begins every year around July 1 and ends around September 10th.

We chartered a boat with Crystal River Fishing Adventures and Captain Jeremiah Carlucci was our guide for the day. For 7 hours and $450.00 Jeremiah was at our beck and call and a very experienced fishing/scallop guide. He provided everything we would need especially the coolers with ice for our Scallops! We just needed our snorkel gear, bathing suits and food and drink. The per-person limit is 2 gallons of whole scallops in the shell or 1 pint of scallop meat per day per person. No more than 10 gallons of whole scallops or 1/2 gallon of meat may be on the vessel at any time. We harvested the scallops by hand by just jumping in the water and putting them in our bags!

Scalloping Crystal River Florida

Scalloping Crystal River Florida our Scallops for the day~ no so great this trip but we had a great time finding them. The kids had a great time because it was like an Easter egg hunt for them under water. Most other people were getting there limits earlier in the week but when we had arrived the 4th week into the season they were pretty much picked over and we had slim pickings. After a few hours of scalloping, Jeremiah took us over to see the Three Sister’s Springs. Three Sisters Springs is an “environmental jewel” , a blue oasis of clear and pristine water. We parked our boat and swam over to the mouth of the Three Sisters Springs which is blocked by concrete posts to prevent boat access and only snorkelers, canoe’s, and kayakers can enter the Springs. BEWARE: the water is 72 degrees!!! In the winter months over 200 manatees were counted in the Three Sisters and outer sanctuaries. I told Jeremiah that we would definitely be back next year earlier in the the season to Scallop Crystal River Florida for sure and this time hopefully we will all reach our limit! Stay tuned for more Anna Maria Island Day trip adventures!

Scalloping Crystal River Florida

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