UNCOVER THE SECRETS OF CRYSTAL RIVER SPRINGS - THE HIDDEN GEM OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Enjoy the Crystal Clear beautiful Springs of Central Florida – a warm retreat during the middle of winter!

Uncover the Secrets of Crystal River Springs

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!

Trip Status: Closed – SOLD OUT

Payment Plan Available with only $250 down: No longer available

How to Book: Call 763-784-8291 or by filling out our booking form here

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February 24 – February 28, 2022

February 2023

4 Nights / 5 Days

 

$2,600 Single Occupancy

$2,100 Double Occupancy

* 3% processing fee will be added if paying by credit card OR you can pay by ACH – and no fee will be added.

 

  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • Accommodations, (Single occupancy or Double) at the lovely Plantation on Crystal River
  • All equipment needed for water sports
  • All boating activities including Swimming with the Manatees and private boat tour of the Rainbow River and Homosassa Springs areas
  • Visit to Tarpon Springs and a special Greek lunch
  • Transportation from and to the Tampa International Airport (TPA)
  • Liquor or Special-order Wines and Beers
  • Staff Gratuities
  • Spa visits and treatments

Three ways to book:

Fill out our booking form here or,

Please call us at 763-784-8291 or,

Email travel@bbgage.com.

Our trip to a very special outdoor paradise in Florida starts when we land in Tampa, a winning Florida city in every way! We will gather the group and meander our way from Tampa, taking in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, up the coast past Clearwater Beach and Dunedin, where we will stop for our first cocktail/shopping excursion for a couple of hours. We will then continue inland for a truly wonderous visit to this special part of Florida. The Crystal River area is home to thousands of crystal-clear springs which feed the rivers and tributaries back out to the gulf. This area holds the opportunity to kayak, paddleboard, boat, fish and of course, have a once in a lifetime “Swim with the Manatees”. These gentle giants of the ocean migrate inland to a small area of Crystal River to stay warm as the Gulf waters decrease in temperature when “winter” comes. February is a prime time for us to visit this area, enjoy great weather and beautiful waters to explore. Our captain and co-host for the trip will be Katie Jo who is a USCG (United States Certified Coast Guard Captain) and native to this area. She will take you on an adventure that will be talked about for years, including a private navigation of the Rainbow River, Homosassa Springs and more. You choose the level of physical activity in which you want to participate. There are plenty of watersports to try, and when Katie Jo navigates the Rainbow River for us in her boat you will see a diversity of wildlife and you can hop off the boat to swim in the springs. Everyone is invited to join in an early morning boat ride out to Swim with the Manatees and wet suits, masks and noodles are provided to keep you floating above these sweet creatures, you will be so close that you can almost touch them. We respect the Manatee sanctuary and will not disturb them; we will just passively float alongside. This is truly a bucket list experience, but if you are at all afraid, I assure you that every one of the people that have gone with me, from 6 to 80, have loved the experience.

Our accommodations for this trip sit right on the Crystal River where we can enjoy the outdoor Tiki Bar, a heated swimming pool and a great property overlooking a plantation on the water. The average daytime temperature is 74 degrees. Southern hospitality exudes from this spot and our hotel also has an Aveda spa which can be booked separately for any treatment you might want. Breakfasts will be at the hotel before we depart each day, lunches will be of the “picnic variety” out on our adventures and at night, we will find some of the best seafood places for a true taste of Florida. However, if you are not a seafood fan, don’t worry…Florida knows how to do Beef too!

Come join the fun with us and if you would like to stay in Tampa for a few days post trip, please call Debra for more information on where to stay and what to book # 763-784-8291.  We look forward to meeting you!

Day 1 – Thursday Feb 24

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!

Today’s Highlights:

  • An amazing ride along the Gulf Coast of Florida
  • 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 2- Friday Feb 25

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.

Today’s Highlights:

  • 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 3-Saturday Feb 26

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.

Today’s Highlights:

  • 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 4 – Sunday, Feb 27

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.

Today’s Highlights:

  • 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 5 – Monday, Feb 28

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.

Today’s Highlights:

  • Spa visit or more time outside on the water
  • Lunch on the coast
  • Traveling to Tampa airport
  • Florida “Fun in the Sun”, boat rides on scenic waterways
  • Crystal Clear springs for watersports and swimming
  • Bucket list opportunity to “Swim with the Manatees”
  • Delicious seafood, fun food stops
  • Visit historic Greek village of Tarpon Springs
  • Old Florida Hospitality at the Plantation Inn on Crystal River

Our Trip Style guide will help you determine if this trip is the trip for you. Every trip is different, for different style of travelers. This is to be used as a general guide. 

Sun & Sand – Grab your sunglasses and sunscreen! Sun & Sand trips you will be on one of our amazing coasts enjoying the ocean and beach life. Please consider:  We will be spending longer durations of time outdoors in the sun and heat on these trips.

Luxurious – These trips accommodations are exclusively at top-of-the-line hotels, include fine dining and local restaurants and offer upgraded services

Wilderness Explorer – These trips feature wilderness and outdoor experiences. Such as being up close with animals, learning about ecosystems, and touring the vastness of our great nation.

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Dates: February 24 – February 28, 2022

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