Florida has the ultimate getaway destination and it is as blue as the sky. If going to the beach this summer does not sound appealing, there is a lagoon that will change your perspective. Crystal Lagoons has the clearest water in Central Florida and the 7.5-acre lagoon will remain open to the public for a limited time.

This extraordinary destination will make you think you are in the Philippines. It is the first man-made lagoon located in Wesley Chapel near Tampa and it is inside the Epperson community. Residents have free access to the lagoon but the high demand of the crystal paradise has attracted new tourists and potential homeowners. 

Epperson Lagoon features a swim-up bar, cabana cove, floating obstacle course, a shoreline beach, slides, sandbar, dock and more. This is the best way to enjoy coastal living without going on vacation. 

The blue waters are surrounded by a resort-style setup with the best tropical relaxation amenities. Guests have the opportunity to paddleboard and kayak while enjoying an incredible panoramic view that is is crystal clear. 

In addition to the water activities, this lagoon is eco-friendly as it uses 100 times fewer chemical products and 50 times less energy than traditional swimming pools.

The Epperson Lagoon is over 7 acres making it a one-of-a-kind amenity that features palm trees, shady beaches, and the best of the Caribbean. Non-residents are welcomed to purchase tickets online to visit the lagoon for a limited time. 

*According to an official statement made by staff, the lagoon currently has no end date set for when Metro Development Group (the developers behind Epperson and the nation’s first Crystal Lagoon) will stop selling a limited number non-resident guest passes daily. They will be selling them for the foreseeable future, though prices are subject to change.

You can see their calendar here and purchase tickets in advance online here for $20.

Epperson Lagoon

Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am-8 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9 am-8 pm

Address: 31885 Overpass Rd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Why you need to go: It's the first crystal clear man-made lagoon in the United States and it features 7.5 acres of paradise.


*This article has been updated.