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 reconstructed historic barn dating back to the 1700s. 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 experiences and start planning your staycation.
Post updated April 2021
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.
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, whom 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.
This Tampa Bay Airbnb rental is actually a spacious dome home ideal for a weekend spent with family or a few close friends since it has room for up to 8 people. Indian Rocks Beach is just a short drive away, or you can soak up some time in nature at the nearby Florida Botanical Gardens (free admission!). Other perks include a large screened-in lanai and full kitchen.
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.
Cozy up in a cottage together, conveniently located near hip downtown Dunedin and the romantic Honeymoon Island State Park. The Outpost Bunkie has a distinct cabin in the woods vibe, with wood details and a covered front porch. There’s a shared fire pit outdoors for those rare cool Florida nights. Make the drive into Dunedin to visit the area’s fabulous breweries, restaurants and shops or spend a day at the beach at Honeymoon Island and Caladesi 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.
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