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Address: 16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352 527 7540
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Remote & Unique

Of course, it was February and shortly after arriving in Florida, we wanted a beach experience. This beach is not like what you might expect, but is nestled in the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Southeastern U.S.

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Southeastern U.S.
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241 reviews
79 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Of course, it was February and shortly after arriving in Florida, we wanted a beach experience. This beach is not like what you might expect, but is nestled in the estuary/island/marsh areas around Crystal River. The drive to the beach is unique and interesting. The facilities are pretty nice, and the beach is small. But if you are in the... More 

1 Thank WhirldWind
Winthrop, Maine
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150 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

I am in a wheelchair and found that I could get onto hard areas of grass and enjoy the scenery. It is peaceful, quiet, serene, remote and beautiful.

Thank AnnieD39
Syracuse, New York, United States
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63 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

We went looking for a little beach time and found this gem of a beach and it is free. It is by Crystal River. Number of people fishing nearby and lovely sand looking out over the gulf. Very pretty spot. I would definitely come back again

1 Thank Thomas W
La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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94 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Our plans to canoe the springs were derailed one afternoon so we went to the beach instead. We wandered through the trails and out on the pier and were lucky enough to see a few dolphin and then went back to the beach itself for sunset. It was a beautiful sunset but we did need to break out the bug... More 

1 Thank Dawn M
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173 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

Come here every time we are down to Florida. Nice board walk out to fishing pier. Good boat launch also. Very nice and clean beach. You can see many different shore birds here washroom are clean. Only draw back dogs are not allowed on beach

1 Thank Rickie D
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46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

This beach is secluded, has a great view and no amenities. If you want a quiet place to escape, this is a nice place to go. If you want fun and excitement, not so much. Bring your chair, your picnic and a book, take a deep breath and just relax.

1 Thank Aaron M
Atlanta, Georgia
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236 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

There is plenty of sand and walking trails. There are amenities and very good parking. The drive is a little long, but the view and the nature are worth it.

Thank Christmas2010
Cullowhee, North Carolina
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134 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

FI Beach is the best place around to watch the sunset. Dolphins are typically just off shore. Very peaceful. As for a beach, the sea birds take over, lots of bird poop in the area reserved for swimming. Smells. Still, it has charm and mostly beautiful white sand (they just replaced the sand within the recent past). Sand spurs are... More 

1 Thank ManateeFriends
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29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We recently visited Fort Island Gulf beach and although it was cool and rainy, found it to be a nicely maintained and clean beach. There were several covered picnic tables and the bathrooms were clean. I would definitely return in nicer weather!

2 Thank GWMLA
North Canton, Ohio
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180 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Was in the area visiting my Aunt and ended up here after visiting Three Sisters Springs. Great beach area with covered picnic tables on the beach. Beautiful spot to just sit and stare out at the water, maybe have a nice picnic.

Thank LoveToTravel1234512

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