Want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic and far away without straying far from home? Unique accommodations in the Tampa Bay area are plentiful, from a decked-out yacht to a luxury RV. We’ve scoured Airbnb for local properties that provide the vacation experience just beyond your own front door. Check out these uncommon Tampa Bay Airbnb spots and start planning your staycation.
Unique Tampa Bay Airbnb Rentals
- Riverfront Loft – Tampa
- Breeze Bungalow – St. Petersburg
- Vintage Airstream by the Beach – Bradenton
- The Barn at Stark Farms – Odessa
- Rustic Tiny Cabin at Sweetwater Farm
- ‘Big’ Tiny House – Historic Ybor City
- Delightful One-Bedroom RV – Tampa
- “The Lady Pearl” 84′ Lux Yacht – South Pasadena
Enjoy all of the perks of waterfront living with a weekend stay at this stylish loft along the Hillsborough River. Your stay includes the entire upper level of a charming bungalow (the lower level is also available to rent), complete with your own private deck facing the water. Speaking of the water, hit the river in the complimentary kayaks and canoes available to guests. Or head to ZooTampa nearby for an animal encounter.
Simply adorable. The best beach vibes! The Breeze bungalow has two bedrooms, a large back den, a dedicated workspace, full kitchen, and a bathroom with walk-in shower. The property has street parking in front and a private fenced-in backyard.
It’s bright, airy, and oh-so-colorful. Get ready to reconnect with each other and perhaps get the camera ready for mini- photoshoots at all the cute corners of this bungalow Airbnb in St. Pete.
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Thinking about testing out life on the road? Hosts Micah & Jana offer a unique overnight experience in their vintage 1971 Empress Airstream. For recreation on property, laze away in the hammock under a towering oak tree, play in the saltwater pool and hot tub or roast s’mores around the fire pit. The outdoor space is shared with a tiny home and loft apartment, just FYI. It’s also important to note that the private bathroom is not located within the Airstream, but in a separate area just 20ft away. The Airstream is conveniently located just across the bridge from Anna Maria Island giving you easy beach access via car.
History buffs will love the backstory behind this amazing property. Stark Farms has a handful of one-of-a-kind accommodations, including a new tiny house and several rooms in the Manor, a sprawling 7,000 sq-ft home. But the real highlight is The Barn, a Revolutionary War-era barn that was tagged, dismantled and moved from New Hampshire, then reconstructed on site. Inside you’ll find countless period antiques, original barn wood utilized throughout the decor, and fascinating historical details about the property. The Upper Tampa Bay Trail passes in front of the property, and Brooker Creek Preserve is less than a 20-minute drive away.
The downstairs common area is shared by all guests, and the upstairs area houses five bedrooms. Each room is named after a member of the Stark family, who originally built the barn in the late 1700s. Opt for the John Stark or Archibald Stark room if you want more space and a private bath.
If you ever wanted a taste of the farm life, here’s your chance. This tiny house is situated on a 4-acre working urban farm, which is also a 501c3 educational non-profit. Sweetwater Organic Farm has four market fields for vegetables, fruit trees, herb gardens, and a walking native trail. The private tiny house cabin features a loft, two porches and super scenic views. An outdoor shower is connected to the tiny cabin with hot and cold water available. There is a bathhouse with tow bathroom stalls and a small kitchenette (hence the name, “rustic.”). Guests are welcome to walk the farm and check out the animals and nature. They also have farm volunteer days on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday from 9am-12pm.
If you’re curious about tiny home living but aren’t a fan of loft beds and super tiny spaces, this is the Airbnb for you. Host Stephanie and her husband built their first tiny home in 2015 (located next door and also available on Airbnb) before setting out to build this slightly more spacious tiny in 2017. Design details include shiplap walls, wood accents, a covered porch, and a full bedroom located upstairs. The convenient location provides walking distance access to the main hustle and bustle of historic Ybor City. Ask for Stephanie’s list of local recommendations if you’re looking for the best local spots to visit during your stay. A dedicated street parking spot is available.
Want the feel of “camping” (though let’s be honest -more like “glamping”)? This charming, cozy camper has been newly updated and remodeled. Located in the heart of Tampa, it has the feel of a luxury RV mixed with a studio apartment. Guests will have access to all outdoor areas and full use of the grill. Conveniently located just a few minutes from downtown Tampa and 11 minutes from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.
Test drive the boat life with an overnight stay on a yacht! Hosts Sheryl & Rich offer this unique stay aboard their 84′ yacht, which is docked at a quiet marina near Treasure Island. No, the boat won’t be leaving the dock during your stay, but you can charter a private cruise (extra fee) aboard The Lady Pearl’s sister ship, Miss Molly. Opt for the private sunset cruise for ultimate romance! And, of course, you can enjoy boat perks like soaking up a sunset from the top deck and falling asleep to the gentle lapping of waves. There are also two kayaks and a paddle board available for complimentary use. There are multiple bedrooms making this Airbnb ideal for families or two couples. Venture over to Treasure Island for more fun in the sun, or head inland to downtown St. Pete to explore.
OTHER TAMPA AIRBNB RENTALS TO TRY:
- The TreeHouse Boat – Tampa
- The STARHOUSE Art Based Experience – Tampa (Seminole Heights)
- Waterfront Getaway with Canoes – Tampa
- Private Loft in the Trees – Tampa
- Bali Surf Shack – Treasure Island
Did you know that you can also book experiences through Airbnb? No overnight stays required! Go to Airbnb’s site, select your city, and click on “Experiences” for a list of awesome outings to check out! There are several in the Tampa area that offer everything from fishing, to biking, and even cooking and art classes. Check out our list of Airbnb picks, including our visit to The Dancing Goat Dairy Farm – one of the top Airbnb Experiences in Tampa Bay!
All images credit to the respective property, unless otherwise noted
Feature image credit: Bali Surf Shack