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To learn more about these fascinating and ancient creatures, read Manatees, Our Vanashing Mermaids by Timothy O'Keefe.



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Nature Tours



An aerial view of the Howard Johnson's Riverside Inn.
All the area resorts and smaller motels are situated near the unspoiled, natural beauty of Florida's Nature Coast, away from the crowds but close enough for day trips to Central Florida.

MacRae's of Homosassa invites you to "come, stay and enjoy!" Established in 1917, this family-owned and operated motel and

apartments provide a great view of the Homosassa River from your front porch, and is near thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness and miles and miles of clear, grassy flats. As Homosassa is renowned as one of the greatest fishing areas in the world, MacRae's offers boat and motor rentals, boat ramp and dock, complete line of fishing tackle, baits and lures, information on local activities and free maps for guests. More information on MacRae's may be obtained by writing P. O. Box 318, Homosassa, FL 344487 or 352/628-2602. Stop by Maggie Mae's BBQ at MacRae's for a treat.

Marina Bay Inn , at 10386 Halls River Road, Homosassa Springs 34448, (352/628-2551, fax: 352/628-2118) has been featured in National Geographic as having the best water available for photographing manatees. They offer canoe and boat rentals, cottages, pontoons, bait and tackle, fishing guides, snorkeling trips and equipment and more. Senior Discounts are $5.00 off cabin rentals per night.

And The Last Resort! right on the Homosassa River, have cottages and pontoon rentals by the day, week or month. They may be reached at 800/968-7117, located 10738 Halls River Road, Homosassa, FL 34448. All their units are riverfront, one bedroom-2 dbl. beds, grills, boat dockage, fishing piers, guide service, fully equipped kitchens and more.

Past Yulee Drive on Halls River Road visitors may choose from numerous resorts. Nature's Resort , 10359 W. Halls River Road, Homosassa Springs 34448, is also family-owned and operated in a riverfront setting on 97 acres. Amenities include cabins, boat rentals, marina, country store, hiking trails, games, tent camping, pool, restaurant and tiki bar and more. They may be reached at 800/301-7880. They offer discounts on Good Neighbors and Good Sam's.

Downtown Homosassa Springs, on Highway 19, welcomes travelers to savor the atmosphere of a small community. The Ramada Inn , located on Highway 19 just south of Halls River Road, is unique with antique cars on display. Featured is Wet Willie's Bar and Grill. Guests and visitors may enjoy the patio and the scenery of Pepper Creek and watching the boats come and go from the Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park, adjacent to the Ramada. The Inn has a lighted tennis court and pool. Rates and guest service information may be obtained by writing the Ramada Inn at 4076 S. Suncoast Blvd. (Highway 19), Homosassa Springs 34446, or by calling 800/442-2040. Senior Discounts are available at the Ramada Inn of Homosassa Springs.

Howard Johnson's Riverside Inn , a resort motel and marina on Cherokee Way at the Homosassa River, offers tennis courts, a swimming pool, restaurant and lounge, and a breath-taking view over the Homosassa River and the famous Monkey Island, replete with monkeys. Boaters may dock their boats at the restaurant area. The Inn offers a complete package of guest services. Seniors over 50 receive 20% discounts off room rentals. For more information, contact them at 352/628-2474, fax 352/628-5208 or write 5297 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448.

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