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Overview of Tarpon Springs

Located on the western coast of Florida, Tarpon Springs is known for its unique eateries, beaches, and artistic flair. With approximately 23,500 residents, Tarpon Springs holds the largest percentage of Greek immigrants than any other city in the United States. The city's Greek influence is what draws many tourists to the one-of-a-kind area.

Residents of Tarpon Springs will enjoy the gorgeous palm trees and wildflowers scattered throughout the city, which is why Tarpon Springs apartments for rent are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and individuals interested in living a laid-back lifestyle.

Living in Tarpon Springs, FL

The city became popular when Greek settlers moved to the region during the 1880s to work as divers in the sponge harvesting industry. It wasn't until tourists started relocating to Tarpon Springs for the winter from the North, when the city got its name. Some of the tourists, also known as "snowbirds," spotted tarpons, a large fish native to the Gulf of Mexico, and began calling the area Tarpon Springs.

Several years later in 1905, a Greek businessman named John Cocoris began recruiting more Greek sponge divers from the Dodecanese Islands of Greece, a practice that generated millions of dollars each year for the small town. Four decades later, a red tide algae bloom wiped out nearly all of the sponge fields in the region, so residents and workers in the area turned to shrimp fishing to make a living and most of the sponge warehouses were turned into tourist attractions.

The historic Sponge Docks now have a number of dining spots, museums, and small mom-and-pop shops dedicated to the city's remarkable past. In 2007 and 2008 the mayor of Tarpon Springs, Beverley Billiris, established sister city relationships with the Greek islands Halki, Symi, Cyprus and Kalymnos to honor the city's past.

Tarpon Springs Attractions and Special Events

Residents and tourists can enjoy several activities within the Sponge Docks District, including a number of quaint boutiques, museums, authentic Greek dining spots, and the Tarpon Springs Aquarium. Tarpon Springs is also close to a number of the coast's most pristine beaches, including Fort De Soto, Treasure Island, and the Sand Key. Also a short drive away from downtown Tampa Bay, residents can enjoy a more urban lifestyle when they want. 

Each year, Tarpon Springs has its Epiphany Celebration, which attracts thousands of Greek immigrants from across the country to honor their heritage and religion.

To find a Tarpon Springs apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

Trinity Palms - New Port Richey, FL 34655
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(16)

New Port Richey, FL 34655

$775 - $1245

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

New Port Richey, FL

(16)

$775 - $1245

390 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aluna Largo - Clearwater, FL 33760
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Clearwater, FL 33760

$935 - $1639

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Clearwater, FL (High Point, Largo)


$935 - $1639

288 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Rocky Creek Apartments - Tampa, FL 33634
9

Tampa, FL 33634

$890 - $1630

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Sweetwater Creek)


$890 - $1630

264 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lansbrook Village - Palm Harbor, FL 34685
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(113)

Palm Harbor, FL 34685

$872 - $2208

1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Palm Harbor, FL

(113)

$872 - $2208

589 Units 1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Post Bay at Rocky Point - Tampa, FL 33607
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(126)

Tampa, FL 33607

$1370 - $2265

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Carrollwood Palms - Tampa, FL 33618
17

Tampa, FL 33618

$800 - $1143

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lake Carlton Arms - Lutz, FL 33558
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Lutz, FL 33558

$624 - $1103

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lutz, FL (Lake Carlton Arms)


$624 - $1103

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Plantation Gardens Apartments - Pinellas Park, FL 33782
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(7)

Pinellas Park, FL 33782

$800 - $1495

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Pinellas Park, FL (Cross Bayou, Pinellas Park)

(7)

$800 - $1495

329 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Palencia - Tampa, FL 33618
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Tampa, FL 33618

$650 - $935

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Palmera Pointe - Tampa, FL 33615
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Tampa, FL 33615

$725 - $1360

1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Palmera Pointe, The Greens of Town 'N' Country...)


$725 - $1360

365 Units 1-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Milana Reserve - Tampa, FL 33614
17

Tampa, FL 33614

$690 - $1140

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Palms of Clearwater - Clearwater, FL 33765
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(4)

Clearwater, FL 33765

$745 - $1210

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Clearwater, FL (Coalition of Clearwater)

(4)

$745 - $1210

200 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Chesapeake - Clearwater, FL 33763
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Clearwater, FL 33763

$750 - $1020

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Clearwater, FL


$750 - $1020

365 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Elan Gateway - Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
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Saint Petersburg, FL 33716

$1214 - $2276

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Petersburg, FL


$1214 - $2276

240 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Mosaic Westshore - Tampa, FL 33609
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(40)

Tampa, FL 33609

$1409 - $3495

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Beach Park, Tampa Commons)

(40)

$1409 - $3495

210 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Modera Westshore - Tampa, FL 33607
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Tampa, FL 33607

$1378 - $2549

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Carver City, Roland Park...)


$1378 - $2549

300 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tapestry Citrus Park - Tampa, FL 33625
21

Tampa, FL 33625

$1025 - $1725

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Azure - Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
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Saint Petersburg, FL 33716

$1059 - $1925

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Petersburg, FL (Carillon, Council of Cona)


$1059 - $1925

308 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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