Manatee at Crystal River

Manatee at Crystal River

An excellent place to see manatees in Florida is the Crystal River (north of Tampa).  Manatees frequently come to canals and bubbling springs during cooler weather to warm up.  Crystal River is one of the few places in the world that you can snorkel with manatees.    Live manatee cams are at:  and


About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

2 Responses to Manatee at Crystal River

  1. What a facinating post! Did you actually snorkel with manatees? Can you say a little more about what this was like? I heard blue springs was also a great place to spot manatee..have you been there as well?

    • Pam says:

      Yes, we have snorkeled with the manatees. There are several excellent vendors in the area. We even saw a baby manatee nursing from its mother underwater – awesome! Blue Springs is a great place to walk along a “creek” that has manatees that you can see well, but Crystal River is by far the best of all. It is best to visit during the cooler months to see the most animals. Highly recommended!

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