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“Great view of the nature coast” 4 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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Ormond Beach, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great view of the nature coast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

If you're looking for the "real" Florida, this is an excellent example. Lots of birds and wildlife to see - as well as fishing from the pier - but I would not recommend swimming. Normally is uncrowded and the sunsets are always spectacular (the nearby power plant is easy to ignore.) If you're looking for a typical beach with lots of sand, crystal clear water, and hundreds of sunbathers - this is not for you. Personally, the thought of the "ungroomed beach" and natural coastline is more enjoyable.

Visited May 2013
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West Side, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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141 helpful votes 141 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“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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135 reviews 135 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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55 helpful votes 55 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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