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Fort Island Gulf Beach

16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-527-7540
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fantastic placefor the family to picnic, swim, and BBQ if you do not mind the drive

happened upon this amazing family swimming and picnic spot clearly by chance. Wished we had... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2017
June G
Lakeland, Florida
Married on this beach

This is definitely a local favorite. The beach is typically quiet and is well cared for by the... read more

Reviewed September 16, 2017
Susan S
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“small beach” (39 reviews)
“fishing pier” (35 reviews)
“boat ramp” (23 reviews)
16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-527-7540
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Reviewed September 25, 2017

happened upon this amazing family swimming and picnic spot clearly by chance. Wished we had brought along our swim suits because it is a perfect place for kids and us older folks to enjoy the water.

Thank June G
Reviewed September 16, 2017

This is definitely a local favorite. The beach is typically quiet and is well cared for by the county. Beautiful sunsets can be seen here. My husband proposed to me on the beach and we were married on the beach. We try to visit at...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Great beach for young kiddos as there are no waves. There are some covered picnic tables that offer nice shade if you get there early. There's also a pier for fishing and outdoor showers to rinse off. Can get busy on the weekends and during...More

Thank Danielle P
Reviewed September 6, 2017

A mud hole at the end of a 9 mile road. Brown sand, smelly water, and folks you see in Wal Mart...... always. You KNOW what I mean. And drunk to boot ! See the sunset elsewhere.

Thank lazlobanep
Reviewed September 5, 2017

We found this beach accidentally by following a road sign. The beach is in a cove on the Gulf. It has great views of the Gulf. The sand is the fine sugary kind. The water is slightly warm but yet refreshing. The waves are minimal....More

Thank Rita T
Reviewed September 5, 2017

We were visiting Crystal River and saw the sign for Fort Island Beach and rode down to check it out. It is a very small patch of sand with a roped off area for swimming, public bathrooms, and a boat launch.

Thank Elle16
Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

This is a nice little beach to take the family (or your love). On a clear evening the sunset is beautiful. We tried to release lanterns but it was too windy. Everyone enjoyed playing in the shallow water and walking out on the pier. If...More

Thank Luci W
Reviewed August 26, 2017

Plenty of beach to enjoy. Clean, safe, well-maintained. Ample parking, boat ramp and parking. Outdoor shower and clean restrooms. A couple of pavilions with tables, but otherwise, limited amenities. Lots of nature to enjoy,: boating, fishing, scalloping, birds, dolphin-sighting, unspoiled by overdevelopment and commercialism.

1  Thank FLEventProf
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

I've been here a few times over the years, it's a beautiful place with a nice pavilion and pier. This trip I saw the walkway theough the woods was damages, I assume a storm. But still great place to visit

Thank William C
Reviewed August 7, 2017 via mobile

We got to the beach around 2:30 and it wasn't very crowded. The sand was soft and cool. The water was warm but murky. This wouldn't be a place to snorkel but was nice for swimming. The kids had a good time playing in the...More

Thank Jamie B
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donna B
September 3, 2017|
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Response from Kathryn B | Reviewed this property |
The Williston route is a safe bet. See if you can maximize the visit with Three Sisters Springs.
May 18, 2017|
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Response from sukiehb | Reviewed this property |
No they are not.
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Mikeatsea03242 | Reviewed this property |
No, there are several signs indicating that dogs are not welcome. Sad. Just beyond the beach there is a fishing pier area where you can walk your dog. However, it is quite small. Hope that helps.