Homosassa, Florida: Monkey Island
- 5297 Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL
- Hwy 44 west through Inverness (toward Crystal River) until you reach Hwy 490 (Homosassa Trail). Turn left and continue on Hwy 490 to US Hwy 19 (Suncoast Blvd). Left at signal (south) and go 1 block to Halls River Rd. Turn right (west) on Halls River Rd to the first road. Turn left on Fish Bowl Drive. Continue past the entrance of Wildlife Park, crossing a small bridge, the road becomes Yulee Drive, curving right past the Elementary School. At the 4-way stop, turn right into the resort.
A small island built to attract visitors to a resort and restaurant features a fake lighthouse and a family of spider monkeys. Works for us. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [03/08/2011]
Visitor Tips and News About Monkey Island
Monkey Island is a small island in the middle of the Homosassa River, across from the Homosassa Riverside Resort and the Riverside Crabhouse Restaurant. Originally it was little more than a large rock in the river, but in the 1960's the owner of the resort had the idea to make the rock into an island and put monkeys on it to boost visits to his resort.
Today, you can watch the daily antics of the 5 monkey residents of the island in person or via the "Monkey cam". Monkey Island is located minutes away from the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and the Yule Sugar Mill ruins.[P Qualter, 12/06/2007]