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Living a Boating Lifestyle in Homosassa, Florida

Homosassa is a great boating town on the northern part of Florida's west coast.  The area is famous for its nature viewing as well as for the emphasis it places on safe boating to protect acquatic wildlife, particularly manatees.  With all of the bays and the Gulf of  Mexico there are plenty of places to boat in the area.  Homosassa is a small town with less than 3,000 people.     The area is notable for outstanding wildlife viewing at the Homasassa Springs State Park, although it does not receive as much tourist attention as other areas. There was a former oranage plantation and sugar mill run by slave labor, which is now the  Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site   Photo of Homassa Springs State Park courtesy of Wikipedia and Ebyabe.

Where to Retire in Homosassa and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area (see link at right).
According to Zillow, the median home value in Homosassa was $190,644 in mid-2020.

What Is Special about Homosassa

Homosassa is a top spot for nature viewing in Florida, particularly for Manatees.  The Homosassa Springs State Park is a popular park with nature exhibits. This part of Florida is a lot more relaxed and less crowded than many other parts.  Homosassa is on the Gulf of Mexico. Being part of the Nature Coast is a distinction.

What Is Not Special about Homosassa

Some parts of town might be a bit too southern for people moving here from the north. There are some tacky parts, particularly along Rt 19 as it goes through Homosassa Springs.

Climate and Physical Environment

Homosassa is on the west coast of Florida just before the coastline starts running north and south. It is 60 miles north of Tampa. There are a number of lakes and coastal inlets. The average July high temperature is 92 and the average January low is 45. July is the wettest month with 4.3".

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins State Historic Site  is a  local attraction.  In general, nature is the top local cultural attraction. Tampa is an hour way with plenty to do there.


Crime in Homosassa is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

Seven Rivers Community Hospital in Crystal Springs is the nearest hospital (about 13 miles).


The Sun Coast Highway is a toll highway with excellent service south to Tampa from here. Tampa has a great airport just 60 miles away.

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