Founded in 1887 and situated just west of Marion County, Citrus County offers residents a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle, but still a close proximity to major cities and locales. Many residents of Citrus County work in Marion, and have refuge from a busier city life, with restful locations and small, hometown-like communities. Almost 25% of Citrus County is water, with many lakes, estuaries, creeks, rivers and of course open access to the Gulf of Mexico. Citrus County is most famous for its migration of Manatees, and over 400 unique species of animals reside in Citrus County at any given time. Homosassa Spring Wildlife State Park is where visitors can get close to the animals on a floating observatory. Black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators, and river otters can also been seen in the park. The park is also home to the
hippopotamus Lu, famously known for his performances in many movies for the past 40 years.
See below some of the communities within Citrus County:Crystal River | Gulf of MexicoCrystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The city is situated around Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F (22 °C) temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs designated as a first-magnitude system feeds Kings Bay. A first-magnitude system discharges 100 cubic feet or more of water per second, which equals about 64 million gallons of water per day. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida, the first being Spring Creek Springs in Wakulla County near Tallahassee. Kings Bay can be home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions.
Inverness | Black Diamond | Hernando | Lecanto | Beverly Hills
Situated in the heart of the county sits a cluster of communities, here you can find large spaces for homes, many lakes and rivers which homes sit along, and great canals for boating, swimming and relaxing. Here, families and residents may work in Marion County but prefer a quieter, more hometown lifestyle.
Homosassa | Homosassa Springs | Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge
Nature, Nature, Nature! Situated close to the Gulf of Mexico and admist the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Homosassa, and Homosassa Springs are two great communities to live amoung nature and take in the gulf breezes! Still close to shopping, The Villages and Marion County, find your home away from home in this small town lifestyle and beautiful, natural habitats. Homosassa Springs is also home to the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where you can view Manatees and other Florida wildlife!