Island home on Kings Bay - manatees at the dock!

  • View from across the cove
    View from across the cove
  • Overhead view with King's Bay in the background
    Overhead view with King's Bay in the background
  • Pool
    Pool
  • sunroom and office space
    sunroom and office space
  • Master Bedroom - King Bed
    Master Bedroom - King Bed
  • Master Bath With Tub
    Master Bath With Tub
  • Master Bathroom
    Master Bathroom
  • Master Bathroom Shower
    Master Bathroom Shower
  • Second Bedroom - King Bed
    Second Bedroom - King Bed
  • Bedroom Three - Two Queen Beds
    Bedroom Three - Two Queen Beds
  • Bedroom Four - Two Queen Beds
    Bedroom Four - Two Queen Beds
  • Main Bathroom
    Main Bathroom
  • Main Bathroom Shower
    Main Bathroom Shower
  • sunroom TV area
    sunroom TV area
  • sunroom bistro setting
    sunroom bistro setting
  • sunroom
    sunroom
  • sunroom
    sunroom
  • Laundry in Main Bathroom
    Laundry in Main Bathroom
  • Pool from sunroom
    Pool from sunroom
  • Breakfast bar from sunroom to kitchen
    Breakfast bar from sunroom to kitchen
  • Kitchen
    Kitchen
  • living room
    living room
  • living room chair and ottoman
    living room chair and ottoman
  • Coffee station
    Coffee station
  • Close-up of Coffee station
    Close-up of Coffee station
  • Dining
    Dining
  • Open Concept Layout
    Open Concept Layout
  • Pool with screen fence
    Pool with screen fence
  • Poolside seating
    Poolside seating
  • Poolside and water view seating
    Poolside and water view seating
  • Two Loungers
    Two Loungers
  • Two more loungers
    Two more loungers
  • Firepit with Adirondacks
    Firepit with Adirondacks
  • Pellet Grill and Gas Griddle (kayaks are extra)
    Pellet Grill and Gas Griddle (kayaks are extra)
  • Tiki Bar and Pellet Grill with Griddle
    Tiki Bar and Pellet Grill with Griddle
  • Patio with loungers, kayaks (extra charge), tiki bar
    Patio with loungers, kayaks (extra charge), tiki bar
  • Kayaks available $20 per day for all
    Kayaks available $20 per day for all
  • Water sports storage
    Water sports storage
  • Dock (Lift is not available)
    Dock (Lift is not available)
  • Dock (Lift is not available)
    Dock (Lift is not available)
  • Crescent Cove
    Crescent Cove
  • Crescent Cove leads to Kings Bay
    Crescent Cove leads to Kings Bay
  • View from front with pond
    View from front with pond
$349-1,407/night
4 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • Sleeps 10-16
Allows pets Internet River Private Pool (more...)

We were looking for a place with boat access, a pool, and a home large enough to invite an extended set of family or friends! When we found this home located on a small crescent-shaped island, we knew it was perfect. Finding out our cove was actually a spring and one of the secret places that the tour companies bring people to swim with manatees - was a bonus! I hope you enjoy it! ...If planning to book it is important that you KEEP READING. There is important info.

There is LOTS OF INFO HERE!!! Please read thoroughly before booking - or asking questions. We have had guests miss out because they were asking questions that were already answered here and someone else took their dates. Read on!

This home is perfect for families, vacationing couples, and groups of friends who love the water! It is not available for what Airbnb terms 'events'. Which are loud disruptive parties. We like our neighbors and want them to like us.

Are you 2 couples that like to vacation together but would still like some privacy? You could consider the layout as essentially 2 king suites plus guest rooms.

Overall, there are 2 king bedrooms and 2 bedrooms each with 2 queen size beds. Beyond that, there are 2 sofa sleepers, 1 in each of the living areas. A total of four bedrooms, 8 beds, and 2 baths. So, 16 sleeping spaces are available as long as your group is configured accordingly. Two or three families or generations of family could easily vacation together in this fabulous home.

Let's talk about the views. Sunsets from the water or nearby Ft Island beach. Cranes, storks, and pelicans that love the private dock and sometimes come right up on the pool deck - and then fly off while you try to sneak closer to take that photo. Was that a fish jumping out of the water? Yes, it was a mullet and how do they do that?

And the manatees? Yes, they seem to love our cove. We saw a herd(?) of 12 the other day right from the dock. The water was so clear and they were chomping away at the yummy sea grass!
We can't guarantee they are here year-round but they are here much longer than we've found them at places like Three Sisters Springs.

And how about some other important amenities? The dock, the pool, and the patio?

The dock is floating and the water is still 3 ft deep at low tide. Access to put your boat in the water is nearby, as is the outlet to the gulf. Easy to head out to your favorite scalloping spot, while knowing you can come back to an exclusive, quiet retreat. There are always plenty of fish near the dock, so you can fish from there or take out one of our fishing-outfitted kayaks or your own boat.

In photos, you may see a boat lift. It will be available for month-long stays only, but is currently waiting for repair.

The unique, combo spa and heated salt water pool is accessible from the sunroom and from one of the master bedrooms, and visible from the wall of windows surrounding the sunroom along the entire back of the house. As i mentioned, the pool is unique. Around 3/4 of the edge is a spa-like bench with jets. Hence, it is a combo pool and spa! And it has a waterfall. There is plenty of room for sunbathing after you have finished splashing.

Prefer the sand? Just down the road a few miles is Fort Island Trail Beach. A very nice gulf beach with great sand and great sunsets!

Need more reasons to stay here?

A large kitchen, with all the tools you might need. Large eating, living and entertaining spaces for big families, groups of friends or small business groups.

Need office space for your 'workation'? We have high speed wifi, and I am writing all of this from a desk in the sunroom overlooking the cove while watching an Osprey diving into the water for a tasty morsel! And there goes a mullet leaping out of the water!

You will have access to the entire home and grounds with one exception being a storage room for our cleaners. The front door will be accessed with a personalized code for the smart lock. There are two outdoor closets with push button locks that hold items for the pool and kayaking, etc. The kayaks will be secured with a cable and a combination lock.

We are not always local, but we have support staff if you need anything. We also provide a tablet kiosk with access to the house manual, guidebooks, etc. We are very prompt at responding to questions through the Airbnb system, and hopefully, we will have provided you with everything you need to know for a wonderful stay.

As I mentioned, we are on a crescent shaped island. When you drive over the one lane bridge, watch for oncoming cars or pedestrians, and go slowly. As you reach the island, one of the first things you see straight ahead will be the cove on the inside of the crescent, across the water will be our dock and the back yard of the house. Once again, always drive slowly, there are 16 homes on the island and always friendly people out walking on the narrow, paved road.

We're not far off of US19/98. So it's easy to get around. But not a mecca for public transportation. US19 takes you to Homosassa Springs and Weeki Wachee to the the south and Three Sisters spring, etc in Crystal River just to the north.

Tampa is the nearest major airport. The best way to get there is via the Suncoast Parkway (SR589). You currently catch it just East of Crystal River by taking W Venable St. The Parkway takes you straight to the airport.

This is also the fastest way to get to Clearwater area beaches

That expansion also brings the Suncoast Trail trailhead to within a few miles of our home. Just another example of the broad access we have to outdoor activities.

Once your booking is complete, please be aware that we require additional steps to complete your reservation of this property. You will receive a link to our Rental Agreement. Once completed, you will receive a link to our Guest Portal where you will find access to additional information and will be asked to reserve certain free amenities and have the opportunity to purchase "Add ons". A short time before arrival we will also request and require a payment source to reserve a Security Deposit for your stay.

For direct bookings and bookings through services that do not require positive identification in order to book, we will require a photo ID to be provided through the guest portal. This will consist of uploading a scan of your passport or driver's license along with a 'selfie'.

The House Rules are also available for you on the Guest Portal. The House Rules are an easy-to-read addendum to the rental agreement that outlines the information that is applicable to all guests. We will also send you a copy and ask that you download and share this document with all other guests.

We provide additional services offline. We call these Add Ons.

"Add ons" include both certain free amenities and items available for a fee. All can be easily arranged through our Guest Portal. This is the site that you access immediately after you sign our Rental Agreement. We will send you a link. You will be able to: 1) request optional free amenities like setting up a port-a-crib, etc. and 2) select and pay for things like: a late checkout, a supply of breakfast groceries waiting for you in the fridge in case you arrive too late to go to the store, a cleaning by our housekeeper during your stay, electric heat for the pool, etc. If you have questions or can't find these on the guest portal, reach out and ask about any of these items of interest. Our guest portal is a separate system, so purchases will require separate payment (credit card) arrangement.

We have purchased Damage Protection Coverage on your behalf. This policy covers the first $1500 worth of accidental damage. It excludes damage by unregistered pets, and linens. Please let us know right away if anything happens. You would remain responsible for anything beyond this coverage. Please note, while booking you may be offered a 'trip interruption' policy. It's not a damage policy, but may be a good purchase if you are worried about events that might lead to cancellation. We especially recommend it to all of our long-term guests because of the alternate cancellation policy for long-term stays.

For long-term stays during the months of January - April we have a specific cancellation policy. The first 30 days is the deposit. It is due at booking and is non-refundable. The remaining dates are refundable until 60 days before check-in. To reiterate, we recommend that anyone considering a long-term stay purchase a trip interruption insurance policy. Ask and we can refer you.

Because of issues with parties and disruptive events, at this time, Airbnb does not allow gatherings of more than 16 people - even just during the day. We're in agreement with that. If you have a larger group, and you were hoping to make it easier to share the cost of an exclusive home like ours - we're sorry. We aren't interested in alienating our neighbors or having our listing suspended for you.

On our island, the county says pools are not allowed to have screens. If you've ever had a pool you know it can take more work sometimes than a once-a-week visit from 'the pool guy'. While you're staying you may need to do a few maintenance things to ensure that it is available when you want it. For example, there are lots of trees and leaves get in the pool. You will need to empty the skimmer basket and use the net to remove leaves from the bottom. The easiest thing to say is, let us know and we will talk you through what you can do. And none of it is hard. There is more about maintenance in the house manual.

We have a new electric heat pump for the pool. During the warmer seasons, additional heat may not be needed. But some still prefer it. The electric heat can get it up to 85 on cold days. Use of the electric heater costs $20 per day according to the electric company. Let us know at least a few days before you arrive if you want to pay for use of the electric pool heater. You will not need it most of the year. But please be aware, if it is unseasonably cold, even the electric heat pump is not guaranteed to reach a specific temperature.

There are security cameras on the front door, and showing the dock. But none inside - that would be creepy! We had to install the cameras, not only for trespassers but because we've had guest counts that exceeded what was reserved. This is not nice. Please be honest. And please note: We price based on how many are staying in the home. And we make sure it is a good value for either a retired couple of snowbirds or a big family on an adventure-filled vacation. The base is for 8 guests. It is disclosed and calculated as part of pricing as you complete your booking. And, even if you leave our home as clean as when you arrive, as required, the size of the group still makes a big difference in how much time and work our housekeeper has to do with laundry, etc.

And then there are pets. Please don't try to sneak any in without including them in the booking. We need to make sure they are included in your damage insurance. All pets must be crated if left alone in the house. And sorry, no cats period. I am deathly allergic to cats.

If you are thinking about going up north to escape the heat, check out our true bed and breakfast in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Click on our profile picture to see other properties.

Cancellation Policy: One hundred percent (100.00%) of the total booking charges will be refunded if the cancellation is made more than 30 days prior to the arrival date of the reservation. Fifty percent (50.00%) of the total booking charges will be refunded if the cancellation is made more than 15 days prior to the arrival date of the reservation. For cancellations made within 15 days prior to the arrival date, no refund will be issued.

We manage this home for its owners and we love having the opportunity to share it with you. Occasionally we get to bring our kids and grandkids here, and it's perfect for us. So, we hope it's perfect for you. This is what we do for a living. We have a couple of homes that we share and we manage homes for other people doing the same. If you're wondering about buying a vacation home and want to consider sharing it with others, please message us, we'd be glad to talk you through it. If you have a vacation home or a rental home anywhere in the US and wonder if it would make a good vacation or short-term rental, we can help you figure that out as well. Let us know how we can help.

Crystal River, Florida

Property Type House
Accommodation Entire Home
Check-In Smart lock
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy: 16
  • Children welcome
  • Infants welcome
  • Smoking not allowed
  • Limited accessibility
  • Minimum age of primary renter: 21
  • Long term rental allowed
  • Pets welcome
Setting & View
  • Water View
  • River
  • Waterfront
  • Bay View
  • Pool View
  • River View
  • Lake Access
General
  • Internet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Central Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hot Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wifi
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Laptop Friendly Workspace
  • Basic Soaps
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hangers
  • Private Entrance
  • Extra Pillows & Blankets
  • Ethernet
  • Free Internet
  • Body Soap
  • Hair Conditioner
  • Rain Shower
  • Shower Gel
  • Clothing Storage (closet or wardrobe)
Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Spices/Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Ice Maker
  • Freezer
  • Blender
  • Kettle
  • Pots & Pans
  • Dining Table
  • Baking Sheet
  • Barbeque/Grill Utensils
  • Coffee
  • Wine Glasses
Dining
  • Child's Highchair
  • Seating for 6 people
Bathrooms 2 Baths
  • Master bath – Jetted Tub, Shower, Toilet
  • Main Bath – Shower, Toilet
Sleeping Arrangements 4 Bedrooms, sleeps 10-16
  • Master Bedroom – 1 King bed
  • 2 Queens Left – 2 Queen beds
  • 2 Queens Right – 2 Queen beds
  • 2nd King – 1 King bed
  • – 2 Sleeper Sofa/Futons
  • – 2 Sleeper Sofa/Futons
Entertainment
  • Television
  • Games/Board Games
  • Smart TV
Family
  • Pack N Play/Travel Crib
  • Room Darkening Shades
Outdoor
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Lawn/Garden
  • Kayak/Canoe
  • Beach Essentials
  • Private Yard
  • Fire Pit
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Boat Slip
Pool/Spa
  • Private Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Fenced Pool
Vehicles
  • Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Free Parking On Premises
Other
  • Cleaning Before Checkout
Theme
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
Attractions
  • Bay/Sound
  • Coin Laundry
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo
Leisure
  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Boating
  • Shopping
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Sports
Sports & Adventure
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Bay/Sound Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
  • Water Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind Surfing
Safety
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Smoke Detector
  • Enhanced Cleaning Practices
  • Cleaning Disinfection
  • Common Surface Disinfectant Cleaned
  • Linens High Temp Wash
  • Cleaning Products
Expectations
  • Cameras/Surveillance