UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF CRYSTAL RIVER SPRINGS
February 23 -27 2023
5 days / 4 nights
This trip offers a midwinter escape to a temperate, water-based paradise. This is not your average beach experience but rather interactive fun in the water. Our co-host, Katie Jo is a US Coast Guard certified boat captain and she will guide us through unusually beautiful scenery while boating up and into small rivers. We will also float/swim with the ocean’s gentle giants and their babies. This has a low to moderate physical requirement to get in and out of the water for all activities. This is a unique opportunity to wander in a scenic hidden gem of Central Florida, a true adventure!
This trip will be a fair amount of walking but other than that, the exercise you get will be from lifting tender morsels of barbeque or a cold brew to your lips.
Trip Status: Sold Out!
Single Occupancy – $2,790 Sold Out! Double Occupancy – $2,390 Sold Out!
Dates: February 23 – 27, 2023
5 Days / 4 Nights
Location: Crystal River Springs, Florida
Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Accommodations: The Plantation INN
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Debra & Ellen
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Don’t just tour Crystal River Springs, Experience Crystal River Springs
Every Beatrice Bradley trip is crafted to maximize the experiences had during the trip.
The itineraries are specially made to allow time for engaging in conversation and having belly laughs with a new friend. We hope that the activities and experiences may allow you to come out of your comfort zone and to try new or unique things.
These trips are made to replicate a ‘friends get-away trip’.
Day One: Thursday February 23, 2023 – Arrival Day
Arrive at TPA by 2 pm and we will depart for an eye-popping ride along the amazing Gulf coast of Florida, up through Clearwater and on to Dunedin where we will stop off for a short treat – a cocktail or ice cream cone and a bit of window shopping. Once back into the van we will push another hour or so until we land in Crystal River at our destination around 5:30 pm. After we get settled, we gather for a “get to know you” wine and cheese reception and then on to a great first dinner together!
- An amazing ride along the Gulf Coast of Florida from the Airport to the Hotel
- Stopping for some window shopping and a cocktail or an ice cream cone in Dunedin
- Gathering for a “Get to Know You” wine & cheese reception and a wonderful dinner together!
Day Two: Friday February 24, 2023
Dependent on the weather, we will rise early to get suited up for our Manatee experience. A short pontoon boat ride to the Springs and sanctuary will allow us a couple of hours to swim and view these great creatures. You don’t need to be an Olympic swimmer or have massive stamina to do this, you will be given float tubes and basically you will paddle slightly with your feet to move around. All the tours will give you a presentation before we go about how to remain passive in the water for great viewing but so as not to disturb the sandy bottom or the Manatees. The big Mommas are so impressive with their babies swimming alongside. After the swim we will head back to our rooms to change and have lunch in Crystal Springs Village. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to knock around the antique shops or come back to paddle board or kayak right from our hotel. If the weather is inclement or not perfect for the plans of the day, we will switch to another day for the Manatee swim and will go off and explore another area instead as a group.
- Swimming and viewing the Manatees!
- Having lunch as a group
- Afternoon is free to shop, do some more swimming, paddleboard or kayak
- Dinner together as a group
Day Three: Saturday February 25, 2023
Breakfast will be at the hotel and then in the morning you can sit by the pool (heated) or the hot tub, or you could play golf, if you are a golfer, or kayak. Afterwards, Katie Jo will come to pick everyone up and head off to the village of Tarpon Springs. This city has a large percentage of Greeks who settled here, to establish a city where they could dive for fresh sea sponges to make a living and they dine on all things Greek for fabulous meals! You will have fun touring the docks and tasting the great
Greek cuisine at lunchtime. After our big lunch, later when we return, we can gather around the Tiki bar for appetizers and drinks or head to a great watering hole.
- Sitting by the pool or hot tub, golfing or kayaking.
- Tour of historic Greek village, Tarpon Springs
- Having a wonderful Greek cuisine lunch
- Gathering at the Tiki Bar in the late afternoon for apps & drinks
- Dinner as a group at a fun restaurant
Day Four: Sunday February 26, 2023
After breakfast we will spend the day exploring by boat with Captain Katie Jo. A trip down the small rivers and through the crystal-clear springs will feel like a Disney Adventure! Many of you have never seen water this clear, the springs bubble up millions of gallons per minute to keep the water moving and it is so clean. You will be able to hop on and off as you like for a quick swim and a special spot will provide a lovely lunch venue for a waterside picnic. Dinner will be in the surrounding area and we will have a special gathering after dinner to share our travel stories and toast our new friends.
- Exploring by boat with our fabulous captain, Katie Jo
- Swimming in the crystal-clear spring water
- Having lunch by the waterside
- Dinner with the group and a special gathering to share travel stories
Day Five: Monday February 27, 2023
We will have breakfast overlooking the river and then you will have time for a spa visit or more time outside on the water kayaking or swimming. We pack up the van around 11:30am and start our journey towards Tampa. We will stop for lunch along the coast and you may book your departure for 3pm or later. If anyone wants to stay in Tampa for a few more days, we will be happy to help plan that itinerary with you.
*Anyone who wants a spa treatment during their stay should contact Debra to help set a time and treatment to fit into our schedule before you leave.
- Spa visit or more time outside on the water
- Lunch on the coast
- Traveling to Tampa airport
Single OccupancyPrice is Per Person
- Your own room – private bathroom
- Deposit: $250 due at time of booking
- Payment Plan Available
Double OccupancyPrice is Per Person
- No Roommate – No problem, we will pair you
- Deposit: $250 due at time of booking
- Payment Plan Available
Flexible pay-as-you-go payment plan
How it Works:
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|Step 2||Your $250 Deposit will be processed within 2 business days|
|Step 3||When you are ready to make a payment, click the “Review and Pay” button on your invoice|
|Step 4||Once clicked, in the top left of the invoice, next to the amount, you will see “Edit Amount.” Here you will be able to enter the amount you would like to pay|
|Step 5||Full amount needs to be paid by 60 days prior to the trip. *If there is a remaining balance at 60 days prior to the trip then an automatic payment for the remaining amount will be charged.|
Activity Level – Highest
There will be standing, hiking, kayaking and swimming.
It is your responsibly to fully read and understand the physical abilities that correlate to this Beatrice Bradley Experience. Difficulty level of activity is subject to individual interpretation, so it is extremely important that you read the itinerary and reach out if you have concerns or questions.
If you have questions about the specifics of the physical activity during this trip, please give us a call at 763-784-8291
Role of a Beatrice bradley hostess
Beatrice Bradley is an Experience Company not a Tour Company. The role of a Beatrice Bradley Host is to be warm and welcoming. To relate and connect. To have attention to details. And to manage the behind-the-scenes magic so your experience is one-of-a-kind. They are not local experts nor are they tour guides. We hire local experts, guides, and historians as each location warrants. They are expert hosts and manage the camaraderie and logistics of the experience. Our goal is that your hostess will make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and that you will walk away with new & lasting friendships made during an unforgettable experience.
Airport Pick Up is included when arriving at the designated airport within the specified pick up window.
Arrival Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Arrival Date: February 23, 2023
Pick Up Times: TBD
Departure Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Departure Date: February 27, 2023
Drop off Times: Drop off times will vary
As a solo-traveler, we need you to provide self-awareness and an understanding that you are fully responsible for yourself. This includes: your possessions, your physical abilities or fitness, your attitude, and all other aspects that relate to traveling solo in a group.
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- You must be able to manage your own luggage and all of your personal belongings on this trip
- This is not a handicap accessible able trip – you must be able to get in and out of a Large Passenger Transit Vehicle
- All Ground transportation is included on this trip
- Group Airport transfers are included in this trip.
- This trip will have have a maximum of 14 women
- This trip will have 2 Beatrice Bradley Hostesses
- If you need a roommate, we will happily pair you with another Beatrice Bradley traveler
- Travel insurance is not included. Beatrice Bradley is not a licensed travel insurance operator nor is our staff trained to in travel insurance. You can choose to purchase travel insurance through any licensed provider you choose. We will ask you upon booking if you would like us to send you some suggested licensed insurance companies.