Swim with Manatees
Swimming with the manatees can be a truly spectacular adventure for people of all ages. No matter if you are coming for a girls weekend, a family vacation, or a couples retreat at Inn on the Beach, you don’t want to miss spending time with the sweet creatures.
Swim with Manatees and Stay at our Hotel in St Pete Beach
Spending time with manatees, also lovingly called sea cows, can be a fun and magical experience when visiting the Florida coast. At Inn on the Beach, you will be close to many manatee sighting locations such as Crystal River. Just a short jaunt north from your relaxing stay, you can snorkel and swim with these gentle giants. If you prefer to be on dry land when watching the manatees, Tampa Electric’s Manatee Viewing Center, a designated manatee sanctuary, is just an hour away.
When encountering these gentle sea cows, you must always be aware of the rules put into place to protect them. Learning how and where to swim with the manatees is important to making your trip a success. These rules include, only being able to touch a manatee if they touch you first. Once that event happens you must be aware that you can only touch with one hand. Using two hands on a manatee is illegal. You should only touch their back or stomach once you get an opportunity.
Make sure that when you get into the water, you try to prevent any splashing and keep your movements slow and gentle. This makes it more likely a manatee will feel safe enough to come up and inspect you. Your tour guide will make sure you review these rules before you jump in.
At Crystal River, there is a herd of manatees that stay there year round. Even so, the best time to swim with manatees in Florida is November through March when the manatees congregate near warm water springs. With clearer waters that are starting to warm, many people prefer visiting the manatees during March.
Located on the top floor of the Inn, the Magnolia is our “Honeymoon Suite” with Gulf and sunset views. This prime one-bedroom suite features the very best of the Inn with a king bedroom, bathroom with over-sized shower, living and dining area, fully sized kitchen, and private balcony.
Next door to the Inn, this tranquil oasis has a large bedroom with a king bed plus a fully equipped kitchen. The living room is complete with seating area, cable television and a DVD player. The bathroom has a large shower. The outdoor deck has plenty of seating and a gas grill - perfect for outdoor suppers.
Sea Grape Suite is located on the top floor of the Inn and features a luxurious queen size bed in the bedroom plus a daybed in the living area. The large kitchen has everything you would expect to find to prepare meals. The balcony is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee. Fill the small cooler with your beach snacks and head for the sand!
Juneberry Room is bright and airy, with a queen bed, on the top floor of the Inn. The kitchenette has a SMEG fridge, Breville multi-funtion oven, and plenty of kitchen supplies. The bathroom has a shower and shelf space for your personal items. The entire room is air conditioned, with a flat screen TV and great Wifi. We have also stocked the room with a small cooler which can hold your beverage and snack supplies when you lounge on the beach!