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March 29, 2021

Island Boat Lines Eco Tour

If you’re heading east, another fantastic day out is a 2-hour boat cruise on the Banana River in the Indian River Lagoon. It’s a relaxing cruise spotting all manner of Florida wildlife including manatees and wading birds. Located on the E. Merritt Island Causeway/West Cocoa Beach Causeway (Hwy 520), the jetty is outside the Sunset Waterfront Grill and Bar where you will check in. Reservations are required.

The boats sail smoothly and quietly around the calm, clear waters of the Thousand Islands area of the Indian River Lagoon. The lagoon waters are on average just one metre (3½ feet) deep, making it very easy to spot dolphins, manatees and alligators in the brackish waters. When wildlife is spotted, the captain turns off the engine and drifts closer for a look. 

After watching manatees and other wildlife sightings, the tour moves on in the delightful lagoon which is lined with houses and low-rise apartment blocks on one side and islands on the other. The trees and bushes on the islets are home to all types of waterbirds including cormorants with their hooked beaks, herons, egrets, osprey and even kingfishers. In the breeding season the trees bear huge pelicans’ nests and the heads of baby birds can be seen high in the trees. Other wildlife you are likely to spot as part of your thrilling wildlife tour include frogs, turtles and alligators of all sizes

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Mike Borjas 06/12/2022

Our group of 23 stayed for 6 days here. We enjoyed the amenities and location to the Disney and Universal parks.

Julia Flannery 11/10/2021

This was the perfect location! This property is not a long drive at all from Disney and very close to a lot of local restaurants/attractions. The neighborhood is very secure and nice. The house itself was tidy and spacious. Exactly what my family needed on this trip!

Elizabeth Cowan 06/11/2022

Property had everything we needed. Hoping to book again! Thanks for a great week!

Teresa DeWitt 04/06/2022

Short drive to all the theme parks. The water park/ pool in the community was great!!

Chris Dixon

Good time all was well

Marietta Taylor 06/12/2022

This property is approximately 10 minutes from Disney and close to lots of restaurants, Walmart, Publix and gift shops! Allow extra travel time because traffic is heavy in the area.

John Whitcomb 31-05 2022

This house was perfect for our family. We had a couple of questions and we got super quick responses. Very easy to all of the Disney parks, SeaWorld, and the airport. My granddaughter LOVED her room, the playroom, and the pool was perfect! The only negative we have to comment on would be the air conditioning. I think that might need updating or something. It never was cool in there. We are from PA so it wasn't a big deal to us!

John Botnen 31-05 2022

Had plenty of room for the entire family. Great Home.

Cindy Saj 31-05 2022

Loved it hope to return next year

Denise Grant 31-05 2022

There were three families, 5 kids ages 3 to 10 plus adults. There was more thank enough room for all of us inside and out. Neighborhood is very nice and location to Encore is excellent. We went to the parks each day, super easy drive. Kitchen is well stocked with appliances, pots and pans. We were there for a week. We cooked most of our meals at home, if you don’t plan to do that you may not need additional items in kitchen. We bought paper supplies, toilet paper, paper hand towels, napkins, salt and paper, Tupperware, foil, seranwrap