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“Looking For A Florida Beach.... Keep Looking” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Island Gulf Beach

Fort Island Gulf Beach
16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
352 527 7540
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Ranked #12 of 13 attractions in Crystal River
Type: Beaches
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West Side, Florida
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Looking For A Florida Beach.... Keep Looking”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

If you are looking for a Florida beach, the real beaches are about 40 miles to the south. This area is called the Nature Coast. The Nature Coast consists of miles of (useless to humans) marsh land. Bird watchers and Birkenstock sandal purists may find this area comforting, but if beautiful sand, water, and people are what you are seeking, travel south to Clearwater or St Pete beaches.
There is a nice little hut that serves soft drinks and snacks. If you are a family, and just want the kids to experience salt water, Ft Island will likely work out well enough. At high tide, the water there is still just a few feet deep. A terrible beach for shelling, it's just sand and a boring / unremarkable view of the Gulf. Sunsets can of course be nice, but sunsets anywhere on Florida's west coast can be beautiful. If the no-see-ums are out, be prepared to be totally annoyed.

Visited March 2013
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Inverness, Florida
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“Certainly no turquoise waters here !!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Muddy colored, murky waters, ungroomed beach, bacteria troubles known to shut beach down on a couple of occasions. Could be nice if waters and beach were cleaner

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Saranac Lake, New York
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“Beautiful sunset”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Beautiful sunset over the gulf. The nearby powerplant is easy to ignor. Soft sand and a fishing/viewing pier. Not very big but uncrowded in March.

Visited March 2013
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Alligator Point, Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“small beach , no fishing.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

wanting to check out the beach(small) we are used to bigger beaches and wanted to fish(no fishing from beach). small fishing pier there where u can wet ur hook.water was pretty, seen schools of mullet and bait. NO one catching fish. water was still 63 degrees.

Visited March 2013
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Live Oak, Florida
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“Fort iSLAND bEACH”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Small man made beach, view includes power plant, poorly maintained Sometimes ventor stop by but no specifi activities for childers.

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