Florida’s scallop season is in full swing and if you haven’t tried this rewarding experience, you only have until September 24th. What better way to end the summer? You can book a family getaway to Plantation on Crystal River and make some pretty amazing memories. Plantation on Crystal River is offering guided scalloping packages that start at $630* for mid-week stays for four guests and include:
- Two nights in a garden or water view deluxe room, patio room or golf villa
- Guided scalloping tour including gear with one of the area’s top captains
- Souvenir bag filled with thing like sunscreen, water, scallop recipes & a mesh scallop bag
- Chef will prepare your day’s catch of scallops or fish and serve it with two sides
- Breakfast daily
- Ramp launch, trailer storage and seawall tie for those bringing their own boat
You can also purchase an unguided scalloping package with rates start at only $350 for a mid-week stay for four guests. And, you can still have your scallops cooked for just $11.95 per person by Executive Chef David Bolanos at West 82 Bar & Grill. You can choose scampi style, au gratin, sautéed in lemon butter or chef’s choice. Your meal of fresh scallops also includes two sides, which could include rice, mashed potatoes or fresh veggies. Just bring in a Ziploc of your freshly shucked scallop meat, or bring them to the restaurant uncleaned in the shell for an additional charge of $5 per gallon.
Wonder if your kids will be able to do it? If your kids can swim, they can scallop! No special equipment is needed, just a mask and snorkel (and fins if you want). A mesh bag to place your scallops in is also very helpful. You can get scallops in the shallow waters on Florida’s Nature Coast, in the area of Homosassa. They hang out mostly in 3 to 6 feet of water in the shallow grass flats of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s like hunting Easter eggs, but instead of plastic eggs, you seek small, fan-shaped shells that measure two to three inches in length. Find them, and put them into your mesh bag as you snorkel around in the warm, Gulf waters. It’s a whole lot of reward for very little work.
If you book a guided scallop tour, you won’t need a saltwater fishing license but if you’re doing it on your own, be sure you know the rules about limits and that you have a saltwater fishing license for everyone on the boat over the age of 16.
The Plantation at Crystal River will provide your family with an unforgettable vacation. And in addition to going scalloping, there are plenty of things to do in the area, like visiting Elle Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. You can see manatees, bears, foxes, alligators, deer and other beautiful creatures.
To learn more about scalloping in Citrus County, check out this video from VISIT FLORIDA on scalloping.