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About the Property
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 Ouzo after your meal.
The apartment has generous accommodations that include a king-size bed, washer and dryer, internet as well as cable tv (if you are bored).
Located in the heart of the old Hope/Athens Greek community, Esperia is conveniently located within walking distance to the Historic Sponge docks, great restaurants and a host of things to do and see.
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
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.
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Calendar last updated: August 01, 2018
Tarpon Springs, FL (previously Easley SC)
Home away from Home
My stay at Esperia was wonderful. All I needed was to bring my food, everything you need is at the house. I really can't think of anything that Leslie did not have which made my stay very comfortable. I was only supposed to be there for a month or two while I was house hunting. It turned into five months and Leslie was very gracious to extend my stay for me. I think one of the cool parts of staying there is that it is located within walking distance of the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs. Plenty of restaurant's to walk to and shops to visit. I would highly recommend Esperia to be your home away from home while visiting Florida!
Stayed: November 2017Submitted: December 06, 2017
Thank you Katrina,We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for being such considerate guests.Kindest regards,Leslie and Ted