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Fort Island Gulf Beach

16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-527-7540
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Perfect relaxation spot

We weren't sure if this beach was going to be "enough" for our visit, but it was the perfect size... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hackettstown, NJ
Safe and clean

This is a great place to swim with youngsters. The water stays shallow for quite a ways out and a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mary L
via mobile
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  • Average23%
  • Poor7%
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“small beach” (37 reviews)
“fishing pier” (31 reviews)
“picnic tables” (28 reviews)
16000 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-527-7540
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Reviewed yesterday

We weren't sure if this beach was going to be "enough" for our visit, but it was the perfect size and perfect depth for relaxing and letting the kids play.

Thank JSohl
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to swim with youngsters. The water stays shallow for quite a ways out and a nice sandy beach play area. The showers provided to get rid of the salt and bathrooms for changing were much appreciated.a hot dog vendor was...More

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small beach area that seems to attract families with small children, the beach area clean, restrooms O.K., showers to washoff, and two food trucks, hotdogs susages, ice cream and beach necessities, lotion, floats,o mention that accessories. One of the best items this...More

1  Thank John O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there last week and had a great time. The water stays shallow for a ways so the kids aren't afraid to go out a ways. There were jumping fish to watch and there was a net making us feel safe from sharks.

Thank Keylena S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty much the only Beach in Crystal River... problem is that it's usually inhabited by many many birds. Great for Sunsets... Visited Feb. 2016

Thank dylanspep
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little spot has a little of everything, white sand, nice swimming area, a place to fish, there is even a ramp to put your boat in. There are rest rooms and even an outdoor shower to wash the sand and salt off. Parking was...More

1  Thank Nativetoflorida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Considering this was a man made beach, I was pleasantly surprised. Lots of room, pretty sand, not too much seagrass or seaweed. Didn't smell bad, although sometimes that depends on time of the year. It was a beautif, relaxing day. Not much around besides a...More

Thank brysonct93
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not the best beach in Florida. You want beaches then go to the Gulf coast in the pan handle between Panama City and Pensacola or even the Alabama Gulf Coast. Beautiful white beaches there.

Thank Don K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though the beach had to be brought in by dump truck it's very nice. Clean and safe with fencing to keep out predator fish. Curved and shallow so safe for even young children with supervision. Great for wading. Clean, new restroom building. Nice boat...More

Thank Denny B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were hoping it was really a quiet beach. It is small and there were quite a few people there, but we were able to get a table with a roof for shade to ourselves. The bathrooms were clean and the beach was clean aside...More

Thank Amber R
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Is this a dog friendly beach?
18 May 2017|
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Response from lawbob4 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry not sure. Did not see anyone with there dogs
If during week in summer, I would imagine it would not be busy. As I travel near there with my dog, I am wondering if it would be permissible to swim with her?
17 May 2017|
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Response from Mikeatsea03242 | Reviewed this property |
No, there are several signs indicating that dogs are not welcome. Sad. Just beyond the beach there is a fishing pier area where you can walk your dog. However, it is quite small. Hope that helps.
Some reviews said dogs not allowed, while others referred to a dog walk. Can you elaborate?
14 April 2017|
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Response from Amber R | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are not allowed directly on the beach, however off to the side on the other side of the rocks looks less beachy- and more grassy people had dogs who were playing fetch in the water.