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Sunday, June 30, 2019

How We Spent 24 Hours in Tarpon Springs, Florida


Located on Florida gulf coast, Tarpon Spring is a known for it’s world famous sponges and amazing Greek food.




Tarpon Springs has a heavy Greek influence as evident by its restaurants, markets, and bakeries. It also has highest percentage of Greek Americans in the United States.






The downtown area is where we spent the morning.  It is located waterfront to the Sponge Docks and is the main hub of the town. It is the best place to find sponges, grab some Greek food, do some shopping, or catch a boat tour. We recommend Hellas Restaurant and Bakery for some great food and pastries!





We came across a man making roses out of palm fronds for donations. We were so impressed and had to have a couple!





The Sponge Docks is the perfect place to sit and rest for a while. If you are there at the right time, you can see the boats as they return from their sponge gathering.



Address:

Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689





We spent the afternoon exploring the two beach areas.


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Fred Howard Park Beach has a nice long wide beach with tons of parking. Beaches are also located along the causeway.  The area was very clean and quiet.




 There is a place to rent kayaks to the right as you are leaving the causeway towards the beach. 







Sunset Beach is another beach in Tarpon Spring. It is a popular place to watch the sunset. We arrived before sunset and people were already getting their chairs set up. It was also very clean.





If you have time or are staying for more than a day, St. Nicholas Boat Line has a sponge diving exhibition boat tour where you can learn about the history and harvest of sponges.



Adults $12, seniors (65+) $10, Students (ages 6 – 12) $5, 5 and under free 

Call for reservations:    (727) 942-6425

Address:

693 Dodecanese Blvd.
P.O. Box 382
Tarpon Springs, FL





Lodging

We stayed at the QUALITY INN & SUITES in New Port Richey. I am very picky about hotels and this one had the best reviews online. It was actually nice and clean, but they do have an outside bar that plays loud music until 10pm. I would recommend it if you were going to stay in the Tarpon Springs area for the night.

The hotel is 6 miles from the Sponge Docks.

Address:

5316 US-19, New Port Richey, FL 34652




Tarpon Springs is a great place to explore for both kids and adults. We have been there a couple of times and loved both trips!




Tarpon Springs is located 13 miles north of Clearwater, Fl and is about a two hour drive west from Orlando.

Happy Travels!

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