|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
Welcome to Esperia! This lovely Mediterranean style guest apartment is situated in the midst of the original Greek neighborhood of Tarpon Springs where all things are within a few blocks walk.
Park the car for your stay as there is little need here. The historic Sponge Docks a five minute walk away as well as viewing the manatees at Whitcomb Bayou or shopping for antiques on Tarpon Avenue. Some of the finest in Greek Cuisine is within walking distance as well as outstanding seafood restaurants, pubs and cafes.
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 Retsina 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 board).
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.
We've traveled the world and there is no place in the states that can offer such an eclectic blend of Greek and American culture as Tarpon Springs. We were married in Tarpon Springs in 2001. So, when we looked for a second home, we knew we wanted to live in the old Greek neighborhood where many people still speak only Greek. We also love the unique nature of the area as well - the southern Florida architecture, the fishing, and the astounding wildlife. We put a lot of love into our guest apartment. We take pride in providing our guests with our personal attention – from key exchanges, to cleaning, to repairs, and anything in between. We know you'll enjoy staying at our guest apartment as much as we do.
We love the Greek area around the Sponge Docks. The home's Mediterranean style is reminiscent of those found in Greece as well as Spain, Italy and Portugal. We love the bright colors, hand painted tile floors and European kitchen.
We love being within walking distance of all things. You can spend the morning viewing manatees at Whitcombs bayou, the afternoon shopping for antiques along Tarpon Avenue and the evening dining at the Sponge Docks and you never need to move the car out of the driveway.
My husband and I have been residing at Esperia for the last 2 months now. By the time all is said and done, we would have considered her our home for 3 months. We have stayed in many vacation rentals in the past and I must say that this has been the best thus far, as far as having everything needed for a long term stay and being very well maintained.
Esperia is very warm and welcoming. When first crossing the threshold, your eyes immediately dance with the marvelous Mediterranean decor that is warm and inviting. The apartment has a certain charm that is hard to explain, you just have to see it for yourself. There is all the amenities needed to cook a proper meal anytime and you can definitely see that Leslie and Ted have pulled out all the stops to makes sure their guests feel at home. They have been responsive and accommodating, which is most appreciated.
Esperia is located in a quiet neighborhood in Tarpon Springs. It's far enough remove from the hustle and bustle of Tampa, but still within a reasonable drive if you desire to go into the city. Just a few blocks away is the Sponge Docks, with shopping and dining if you want to get out and don't feel like cooking. There are a few restaurants on the water where you can chill and watch the sunset.
I would not have any hesitation recommending Esperia to anyone who asks. You will not be disappointed.
Sponge Docks: Stroll through the old Greek village and visit over 100 unique shops.
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.
|Final Cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$150|
|Pet Fee||$50 + Tax|
We firmly follow all city, county and state regulations. This includes paying sales taxes and respecting all ordinances with regards to what the city of Tarpon Springs terms as "transient usage" of property in residential areas, which they deem to be illegal.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.