Original Florida Fishing Village. Few places can match the feeling of the Florida Gulf Coast better than Homosassa where fishing, scalloping, boating and paddling are a way of life.
More Than Manatees
But Homosassa is so much more than manatees. This is an amphibious community and people here live and play on the water. Nowhere do you get this vibe better than on the Old Homosassa waterfront. Three heralded resorts: Homosassa Riverside Resort, MacRae’s of Homosassa and Seagrass Waterfront and Resort provide excellent food, lodging and adventure right at river’s edge. Homosassa is one of Florida’s top sport fishing destinations. It’s also a working commercial fishing port on the Gulf of Mexico. You can get fresh seafood right off the boat at Shelley’s Seafood and Fish Market and the Cedar Key Fish and Oyster Company, home of one of Florida’s most famous hole-in-the-wall seafood joints: The Freezer Tiki Bar.
Homosassa features many incredible food choices plus a local enclave of talented artists and artisans whose galleries line Yulee Drive as you come into town. The biggest festival of the year is the Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival held every November.
Not to be missed is the famous Monkey Island, just offshore from the Riverside Resort’s Monkey Bar. The island is home to a troupe of very active spider monkeys. Throughout 2023, the monkey's Island home is getting a facelift. During these renovations the monkeys will not be on the island, but don't worry, they will be enjoying their new home soon!
And when it comes to boating and paddling, there may be no better place than Homosassa. The nearby Halls River zig-zags through marsh and estuary with many incredible fishing spots along the way. Not to mention an abundance of wildlife that call this ecosystem home.
Conquer the "Chaz"
When it comes to natural beauty, few places rival the Chassahowitzka River, Florida’s River Wild. Located a few miles south of Homosassa, this river system is tucked away in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge. Because of this 31,000 forested refuge, few houses are located on the river, allowing guests to experience the clear water and gentle current the same way for hundreds of years. The river is fed by multiple spring systems, including the pristine Seven Sisters, a cluster of springs where swimmers can pass through short underwater tunnels carved in limestone by the force of the spring.
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