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Description of the Tarpon Springs vacation guesthouse rental
You don’t really need to spend extra going out to eat though as Esperia is a self catered apartment with a full European style kitchen with all you need to enjoy cooking, so pick up some fresh fish at the dock ... or even better, treat yourself to a deep sea fishing trip and cook up the catch of the day!
There is a lovely outdoor dining area as well as a charcoal grill to take advantage of a nice evening. This is an excellent place to enjoy a good Tampa cigar and a little Ouzo after your meal.
The apartment has generous accommodations that include a king-size bed, washer and dryer, wifi as well as cable tv (if you are bored).
Honey Moon Island -20 minutes ride:
One of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the U.S. Drive across Dunedin Causeway to the sun - drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, variety of shorebirds, and virgin slash pine forests. Park has nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic.
The Tarpon Municipal Golf Course, Crescent Oaks and the renown Innisbrook Resort to name only a few.
Tampa - 30 minute drive:
Sports games (Yankees baseball and Bucks football), swanky shops (Hyde Park), theme parks (Bush Gardens and Adventure Island) as well as cultural spots (Ybor City – Cuban cigars and food).
St. Petersburg - 20 minute drive:
Known for its sailing culture. Perfect place to either rent a sail boat or cruise. Also home to the Dali Museum with the largest collection outside of Spain. Has some of the loveliest stretches of white beach.
Sarasota - 1.5 hour drive:
Formerly the winter quarters of the Ringling Bros. Circus. The Ringling Museum of Art is a must see.
Orlando Theme Parks – 1hr 40 min.
Day trip to big name theme parks like Disney, Epcot and Sea World.
Sponge Docks Events: click here to see scheduled events
A Night in the Islands: A free event held throughout the year.
Sightseeing Tours, Dolphin Cruises: Explore the natural estuaries and see the historic lighthouse. Various tour operators specialize in nature tours, sightseeing tours, Sponge diving exhibitions, and some boats beach on an island where you can see Florida's nature and look for shells.
Authentic Greek Cuisine: The Sponge Dock's are home to some of the most incredible Greek restaurants and bakeries. With ten to twelve restaurants and bakeries within walking distance, you won't run out of options as to where to eat. Some restaurants feature live authentic Greek music and even belly dancing.
Night Life: You don't have to go home after dinner. There are a host of local establishments offering a full bar and live entertainment with typical European late night style.
Cultural Classes and Workshops - Learn to dance popular Greek dances and then comfortably join the dancing circle! Traditional Greek cooking, Greek music instruments, Greek songs and more... Go to Tarpon Springs Cultural Treasures for a complete list of classes and workshops.
Tarpon Springs Aquarium: A spectacular living reef, once the domain of divers only, may now be experienced by all. Live coral, sponges, sharks and fish come together to form this truly unique undersea oasis.
Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico: Take a Half day, Full day or Multi day fishing trip in some of the most fertile fishing spots in the world.
Championship Golf Courses: Innisbrook Golf Resort has 3 championship courses, world class spa and restaurants.
St. Michael’s Shrine: A Greek family built this small chapel in the 1940’s in thanks for the miraculous cure of their young son. 113 Hope Street, Tarpon Springs
The Inness Paintings: The paintings of George Inness, Jr. are on exhibit from October to May at the Unitarian Universalist Church Of Tarpon Springs. 230 Grand Blvd. Tarpon Springs.
Craig Park/Spring Bayou: Spring Bayou and the surrounding Craig Park is where the annual Epiphany Celebration takes place. During the winter, manatees come to stay in the warm waters of the Bayou. Many beautiful Victorian homes line the banks of the Bayou.
Safford House Museum: One of Tarpon Springs’ best kept secrets is the 1883 Safford House Museum. The Safford House has been restored to its original Victorian splendor and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs.
Historic Antique District: The City of Tarpon Springs historic downtown is a growing antique and arts district. It is the heart of Tarpon Springs. The Downtown district offers visitors a varied collection of antique shops, artisans, art galleries and shops.
- 1 King Bed
- 1 Sofa Bed
- Air Conditioning
- Parking Included
- Beach Towels
- High Speed Internet
- Linens Provided
- Full Kitchen
- Hair Dryer
- TV (Cable/Satellite)
- Ceiling Fan
- Refrigerator (Full)
- Charcoal Grill
- Coffee Maker
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Basketball Court
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba Diving
- Grocery Store
- Miniature Golf
- Water Skiing
- Amusement Park
- Gym/Fitness Center
- Theme Park
- Live Entertainment
- Water Park
- Movie Theater
- Shopping Area
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Owner Supplied Testimonials
Taken from Trip Advisor - Mediterranean Experience 11.20.2013
"Leslie's apartment is lovely and comfortable. It is located on a quiet residential street and is exactly as pictured. There is even an orange tree in the back yard. Perfect.
The bedroom is large and the king-size bed is very comfortable. The bed linens are of good quality and there are lots of pillows. There is plenty of storage space, so visitors planning a lengthy stay would have plenty of room for their belongings. The apartment and kitchen are well-equipped with everything vacationers might require.
Leslie even thought to stock the refrigerator with ketchup, mustard, and, wait for it, a chilled bottle of white wine. What a welcome sight after a long day's travel.
Leslie's local agent, Michele, lives just down the street and is readily available to solve any problems that might arise. She is pleasant and helpful, and responds promptly to calls.
Tarpon Springs, incidentally, is a charming little town. Some of the streets are brick and there is a noticeable Greek influence. It is a safe, family-oriented town. I'm a single female, travelling alone, and was offered assistance with a problem by three men, two of whom accompanied me part of the way. I felt completely safe in their presence while they tried to help me solve my problem."
We had a wonderful time at Esperia. The bottle of wine you left for us was such a nice touch, it made us feel at home from the start.
The apartment is so close to the Sponge Docks we walked there most evenings and watched the sun set at Hellas.
We loved the sun filled rooms of Esperia, its hand painted tile living room and kitchen and sunny bedroom were so welcome. It was like we had our own sunny holiday in Greece.
Michele, your house keeper could not have been nicer when she came to clean.
We really hated to leave. We look forward to returning next year.
Thanks for sharing you lovely apartment with us.
Tony and Helen Priebe
Frequently Asked Questions
To help protect Florida's wildlife, FWC encourages you to watch wildlife from a distance and use binoculars or zoom lenses to extend your view. Florida's manatee population needs the wildlife sanctuaries, springs and warm water sites to survive during the winter months. If you visit any of the wild manatee viewing areas, please give the manatees the space they need and do not disturb them if they are resting. Remember to "Watch" Florida's wildlife today so that future generations can "SEE" them in their natural environment.
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