I am so excited to share this place with you guys today! I discovered this lovely gem, Cypress Springs, from a sweet family I follow on social media and I had no idea this place was less than an hour from where we vacation near the gulf!
Cypress Springs is located in Vernon, FL and is located off of Holmes Creek. It is only accessible by kayak, canoe, or boat. Because of this, we decided to rent kayaks from Snaggy Bend Outfitters. The kayaks we got from them were awesome! They were so comfortable and floated down the creek great! A single kayak is $35 for the day and a double is $40. They put you in about 20 minutes from the spring and the views from the creek were incredible. I felt like we were paddling through the Amazon! And don’t worry about gators! Because of the amount of traffic on Holmes Creek, they steer clear from this area.
Side note: you paddle upstream to the spring so it takes a little will power to get there, but once you are there it is more than rewarding!
At Cypress Springs, the early bird gets the worm! This place is extremely crowded in the summer and the earlier you get there, the better. We were at Snaggy Bend Outfitters at 8am when they opened and made it to the spring around 8:30-8:40. They highly recommend making reservations during the summer. We went on a Friday and had a good hour or so before a guided tour of 25 or so came and set up shop. We had no problem with this but it was so nice only having to share the spring with one other person.
Once you get to the spring, it is like you are in another world. It has the most beautiful, crystal clear water you have ever seen! There are huge trees growing up and out of the water and even laying in the water. To truly see this place, you MUST bring a mask or goggles! You can dive a little deeper into the spring and really see under the beautiful water. I would also highly recommend having an underwater camera. A GroPro or Lifeproof phone case would be perfect! I already had a Lifeproof phone case that captured the incredible images above. This was also handy being in a kayak, I didn’t have to worry about my phone getting wet.
To share a little secret with you, the water in this spring never gets over 68 degrees! While we were there, it was 64 and that is NOT something you can ease into. We had to just dive in and it literally took our breath away at first. That is where the rope swing came in handy 😉 We even joked that coming up out of the water felt like having warm water poured over you. Even though it was 89 out side that day the water was still so cold! You will get use to it and it’s not bad at all.
While we were floating around the spring we had the pleasure of chatting with a gentleman that was there filling his 18-wheeler up with the water from the spring. It was so interesting to learn that he was pumping water for Nestle! He said they just recently started pumping water from Cypress but I thought it was so neat to know where the water comes from before it runs through a filtration process!
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