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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-795-7234
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Description: Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of Florida's...
Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of Florida's outstanding waterways in Crystal River. This hotel, located on 7 acres, has provided a scenic hideaway for the last 60 years. Tourists come to the waterside location to dive and snorkel in the fresh springs of Crystal River & Kings Bay and experience some of the most exciting manatee tours in the world. Crystal River is one of the few places you can actually swim with the manatees.At the Port Hotel Dive Center you can reserve a manatee tour, sight seeing tour, guided snorkel tour, or scuba dive tour. The dive shop is fully equipped with wet suits, snorkel gear and all scuba equipment as well as coast guard licensed captain and certified dive professionals on staff. A gift shop is also located in the dive shop.Boat rentals in Crystal River are available at the Port Hotel Dive Shop. Pontoon boat rentals are available holding up to 12 people as well as smaller boats. 16 foot Jon boats as well as canoe and kayak rentals are also available here in Crystal River. A private boat ramp with access to Kings Bay is available free to hotel guests and open to the public for a small fee. There is plenty of free boat trailer parking for our guests.
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Friendly and helpful staff, well equiped

Rented a kayak. It was in good shape, and the staff gave me good information about the area. Well supplied and a nice changing area to move from street clothes to water-wear.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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Dunedin, Florida
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Jacksonville, Florida
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6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

Horrible motor took 3 hours to get out to scallop 25hp motor benches for seats hard plastic no cushions not anchored down the benches slide all over . It was 290 dollars plus fuel like a bad joke. We r not that picky do not rent a boat with a motor that small. Piece of junk. Really bad.

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Rented a kayak. It was in good shape, and the staff gave me good information about the area. Well supplied and a nice changing area to move from street clothes to water-wear.

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Ocala, Florida
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

They are crooks, we rented a boat watched the video went out to meet the kid who was supposed to go over the map with us, he never did, no one told us where we couldn't go, then the boat broke down in the middle of the channel, we call and they say oh that's the same thing that happened... More 

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

If you wish to swim with the Manatee then these are the guys you need to go see and book with, it was assume.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This place honestly looks pretty sketchy on the outside, but the rooms appeared recently redone with all the nice amenities and modern decor. The price is great and they include a discount for the manatee tour. We also rented a kayak, which was reasonably priced and the guy a the dock took the time to direct us to the Three... More 

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Weirsdale, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I called last week to rent a pontoon boat on Saturday. I called early in the AM 7:55 and the phone was answered "This is Capt. Stu". I asked him about the rentals and he told me it would be $190(ish) and I went ahead to give him my card number. He said "Are you going to be doing any... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We rented a pontoon boat here to enjoy some time on the water while in the area. Although we did not see any manatees (probably due to the time of year we visited), we had a very nice time boating around the bay and looking at the homes along the water. The folks in the dive center were very nice.

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Panama City Beach, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Hotel is minimal lodging at best, but the people and convenience to the Kings Spring makes it number one in the area. Marge, at the front desk takes care of us every year and has never failed us. The dive shop and the boats are great.

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We arrived on the morning of March 19th 2013 anticipating the adventure of swimming with the sea cows and were not disappointed. Our Captain and Guide was Charlie, a very professional and knowledgeable man who entertained us and advised us during our journey with the gentle Manatee. He educated us in when and how to approach the Manatee and taking... More 

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Düsseldorf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Were were ucky with our captain guide Charly. He explained a lot on the way out. Took us first to 3 sisters before others got there, so we had it all for ourselves with perfect visibility. Because it was "off season" for the manatees, they were low in number and thus hard to find. But Charley new how and where... More 

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porthotel, Manager at Dive Center of the Port Hotel and Marina, responded to this review

HWLange, Thank you very much for your Review and sharing your wonderful experience with Manatees and Port Hotel DIve Center - JIgar More 

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