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Make a self catering villa or holiday rental in Tarpon Springs, Florida your home away from home

The coastal city of Tarpon Springs is named after the many tarpon sport fish which can be found just offshore. The city was developed as a winter resort in the 1880s and actually evolved around the natural sponges which are found in the area. The many Greek immigrant sponge divers and their boat crews created a demand for docks and eating places and curious visitors came to Tarpon Springs to buy the sponges. Still known as the “Sponge Capital of the world”, this charming and historic town has around 100 local shops and galleries and plenty of restaurants overlooking the docks and waterfront. It makes an interesting base for a vacation home in Florida, close to the beaches and many attractions.

Things to do in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Beaches

The area around Tarpon Springs is well known for its endless stretches of soft sandy beaches. Look for the well-named Sunset Beach at the end of Gulf Road where you can sit beneath the palm trees and relax. It is also an ideal location for snorkeling and dolphin watching as well as offering stunning sunsets.

Brass Rubbing

Learn the ancient art of brass rubbing at the Medieval Brass Rubbing Centre Museum which has more than 300 templates and engravings to copy from Europe and the Middle East.

Boat Cruises

Tarpon Springs is well known for its historic sponge diving. A narrated boat trip around this interesting area includes a diver who will provide a demonstration of natural sponge harvesting.

Places to visit near Tarpon Springs, Florida Pinellas Trail

This 38-mile long scenic paved trail runs all the way from your vacation home in Tarpon Springs to St Petersburg. It is ideal for walking, cycling and rollerblading.

Caladesi State Park

This 600-acre state park offers a 3-mile long beach for swimming, walking, shelling and fishing. Go canoeing or river rafting and enjoy seeing the flora and fauna in this natural unspoilt area of Florida.

Tarpon Springs Aquarium

The Tarpon Springs Aquarium has many observation tanks which recreate different marine environments. There is a coral reef with many colorful fish, a predator tank, a tidal pool exhibit and a touch tank of baby sharks and velvety stingrays.

Weather in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tarpon Springs enjoys hot summers and mild sunny winters making it very popular with visitors almost all year round. Winters have average daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F) while summers reach a hot and humid 33°C (92°F) during July and August.

Travel to Tarpon Springs, Florida

Tampa International Airport is just 18 miles from your Tarpon Springs vacation home and it has many national and international flights daily.

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Recent Reviews

Paradise in Tarpon Springs

5 of 5
This is a quite fantastic holiday villa with everything you would ever need to have a great holiday. Swimming and jacuzzi, fishing off the dock, paddle boarding, kayaking! Very close to the lovely Sunset Beach and Howard Park, and only 30 mins from Clearwater beach too. The house itself is wonderfully equipped and the owners and lovely!
  • Review Submitted: Apr 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017