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Vortex Springs

1517 Vortex Springs Ln, Ponce de Leon, FL 32455-6521
+1 800-342-0640
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Crystal Clear Water, Small Spring

This spring is best for instructors and their students. Visibility will never be awful, though it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kaiden F
Fun, but chilly dive

Nice, if rustic property. Really pleasant folks. And the diving is quite unique. It's a 50ish ft... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
472bene
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Venice, Italy
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11/10/2012 Update on the status of Vortex Spring ownership. The Dockerys are the owners of Vortex Spring and we plan on stay here for the foreseeable future. We are investing a great amount of money in cleaning up the water. So please come back and give us advice on how to make your stay more enjoyably.Dear all past and future visitors of Vortex Spring. My name is Connie Taylor and I was the manager at Vortex Spring 5 years ago when it was the amazing vacation spot you all remember. The resort was sold 5 years ago with great sadness by many involved in the upkeep of the property. The new owner has neglected the property so bad that it is going through a foreclosure sale on the 18th of October. There is a very high probability that the original owners the Dockerys will get the resort back. I am currently working at Vortex Spring trying to repair the damage that has been done. We have repaired the majority of the roads and are endeavoring in efforts to clean the water by removing the algae and under water weeds. I will keep you all up to date on the ownership after the 18th. Please don't write Vortex Spring off as a vacation spot just yet. The old management is back with a vengeance. Our staff is knowledgeable, friendly and ready to help any way possible. We are doing everything in our power to restore in to the treasure it once was. Thank you all.
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1517 Vortex Springs Ln, Ponce de Leon, FL 32455-6521
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This spring is best for instructors and their students. Visibility will never be awful, though it does decline as more divers enter the water each day. However, it will never be as bad as any of the quarries that you may dive in Georgia, Tennessee,...More

Thank Kaiden F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice, if rustic property. Really pleasant folks. And the diving is quite unique. It's a 50ish ft deep spring fed basin filled with clear, 68 degree water. And fish that love cheese whiz! Stayed in the lodge. Its basic but amenable; two bunk beds, a...More

Thank 472bene
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Reviewed May 19, 2018 via mobile

Vortex springs is beautiful with the clearest water I think I’ve ever seen in a spring. The water is cold. I’m talking hypothermia type cold. The grounds are well maintained and the staff is super polite and friendly. It has great accommodations for divers. The...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

Our room was clean and comfortable. I would have liked to have had a refrigerator in the room. The spring was clean. The office offered everything needed for a successful dive. It was perfect on Friday but became a bit crowded on Saturday.

1  Thank Angela B
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

We camped in the Vortex Springs campground on President's Day weekend bc my husband was doing a class for certification for cavern diving. Unfortunately there was a free diving convention/gathering that same weekend and although the place was fairly empty when we arrived early Friday...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

This place is worth the drive! Nice staff, great accommodations for open water diving certification. We stayed in the Treasure Chest. Great accommodations, clean but simple/basic. If planning on staying a few nights, bring at least breakfast & lunch items. Full kitchen with utensils ,...More

Thank Stacey M
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Reviewed December 27, 2017 via mobile

I LOVE Vortex Springs!!!! It has its own lazy river ( bring floats and water shoes) with a swimming hole. I have been going there for years.... but this year I got a surprise... Gators!! I have never seen one there before. They have probably...More

4  Thank MiMi s
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Reviewed December 17, 2017

Went to the Springs late summer with an older couple ( senior citizen ) and school aged kids. The Springs were awesome. Very beautiful water. It was extremely cold which I knew it would be. Duh... its a spring. The kids enjoyed the water slides...More

6  Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed December 9, 2017 via mobile

Came down to Vortex Springs to experience Mission Tech, as always the water was crystal clear the temperature was about 71 degrees in the water. Lots of fish to see, lots of great people to dive with. This place is huge and excellent for family...More

Thank Demian I
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Reviewed August 10, 2017

We dove the first day in the Gulf on a barge. Conditions were not very good. On this trip we spoke with several divers that suggested we try the Vortex Springs. Neither of us have ever done any freshwater diving let alone a spring. But...More

Thank Kitman
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Brandi P
May 28, 2018|
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Response from Demian I | Reviewed this property |
All camping rates are based on two (2) guests. A single vehicle or 2 tents are per site. With the cost of the site you will receive 2 general admission passes which can be upgraded to diving passes.
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Brandi P
May 28, 2018|
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Response from Sonworshipper | Reviewed this property |
Don't know...you would have to contact them personally to find out.
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Christine N
April 19, 2018|
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Response from Demian I | Reviewed this property |
if you don't create a big to-do. although I don't recommend drinking and diving....
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