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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.

Millennium Westshore - Tampa, FL 33607
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(62)

Tampa, FL 33607

$1053 - $2359

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Carver City, Tampa International Airport...)

(62)

$1053 - $2359

379 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Scottish Towers II - Dunedin, FL 34698
7
(6)

Dunedin, FL 34698

$695 - $1250

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Island Walk - Tampa, FL 33615
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(119)

Tampa, FL 33615

$858 - $1468

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Bay Port Colony)

(119)

$858 - $1468

686 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Sawgrass Creek Apartments - New Port Richey, FL 34655
27
(5)

New Port Richey, FL 34655

$1076 - $1477

1-3 Beds 2 Baths

Landmark at Grand Palms - Tampa, FL 33624
25

Tampa, FL 33624

$790 - $1175

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Cypress Meadows)


$790 - $1175

438 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

5 West - Tampa, FL 33634
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(73)

Tampa, FL 33634

$1060 - $1625

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Benjamin's Farm)

(73)

$1060 - $1625

318 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Egret's Landing At Boot Ranch - Palm Harbor, FL 34685
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Palm Harbor, FL 34685

$895 - $1405

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Trinity Club - Trinity, FL 34655
15

Trinity, FL 34655

$864 - $1826

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

City Park - Clearwater, FL 33765
11

Clearwater, FL 33765

$842 - $1639

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Clearwater, FL (Coalition of Clearwater)


$842 - $1639

228 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Park at Elland formerly Coachman Crossing - Clearwater, FL 33765
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(7)

Clearwater, FL 33765

$855 - $1209

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Clearwater, FL (Coalition of Clearwater)

(7)

$855 - $1209

218 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Stonegate Apartments - Palm Harbor, FL 34684
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Palm Harbor, FL 34684

$836 - $1305

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Trinity Exchange - Trinity, FL 34655
21

Trinity, FL 34655

$1015 - $1485

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Lincoln Shores - Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
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Saint Petersburg, FL 33716

$749 - $1442

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Petersburg, FL (Brighton Bay, Council of Cona)


$749 - $1442

631 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Gateway on 4th - Saint Petersburg, FL 33716
27

Saint Petersburg, FL 33716

$785 - $1480

1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Saint Petersburg, FL (Council of Cona)


$785 - $1480

304 Units 1-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Waterchase - Largo, FL 33770
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(10)

Largo, FL 33770

$723 - $1170

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Largo, FL (Downtown Largo, Largo)

(10)

$723 - $1170

278 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Audubon Village - Tampa, FL 33615
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(90)

Tampa, FL 33615

$908 - $1375

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Twin Lakes Apartments - Palm Harbor, FL 34684
28

Palm Harbor, FL 34684

$730 - $1355

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Providence At Palm Harbor - Palm Harbor, FL 34684
15

Palm Harbor, FL 34684

$797 - $1610

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Newport Apartments - Tampa, FL 33615
20

Tampa, FL 33615

$710 - $1008

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Tampa, FL (Rocky Creek)


$710 - $1008

320 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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