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St. Pete Beach to Crystal River

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St. Pete Beach to Crystal River

We're going to be doing one of the manatee tours in Crystal River. I've read of two possible routes to get there, one that goes to the 275 over to the 589 north, and then one that just goes all the way up 19.

Can someone advice me on which route would be faster, and approximately how long it takes? Google maps says it's just under 2 hours, but since we have a tour booked we want to make sure we're not late!


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1. Re: St. Pete Beach to Crystal River

I would rather put bamboo shoots under my own fingernails than do anything that involves driving on U.S. 19. Go with I-75. 2 hours is about right, but you can always allow yourself extra time in case there's an accident on the interstate. Crystal River is a quaint place to drive around if you get there too early.

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2. Re: St. Pete Beach to Crystal River

I would also go 275 to 589.

275 North to the exit for Tampa International airport. After exiting 275, at the airport interchange, get on 589, AKA Veteran's Expressway. I'm not sure on the exact amount, but to go all the way on the Veteran's, you will need a few bucks for tolls, $3-$4, somewhere around that amount.

589 goes for quite a ways, it changes names from Veteran's Expressway, to the Suncoast Parkway I think. Follow it to the end, then it's just a short drive West to US19, then North on 19 to Homosassa, and Crystal River.

Depending on how long it takes you to get from where you are staying on the beach, to 275 N, you should be there within 2 hours, I would allow a little extra in case of some unforseen tie up, since you have a scheduled tour.

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3. Re: St. Pete Beach to Crystal River

LOL at sweetpolly's bamboo shoots, but I must say I totally agree! :-)

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4. Re: St. Pete Beach to Crystal River

Here is a link to a map of the Veterans Expressway/Suncoast Parkway with tolls noted.


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