A Day in Tarpon Springs, Florida Is Like a Day in Greece! [photos]

tarpon springs flThat’s right, Florida is awaiting you and once you arrive in Tarpon Springs you will be transported to Greece . . . well, not literally.

However, what you will find in Tarpon Springs is a Greek experience. The historic waterfront is located only some 20 minutes north of Clearwater and is as Greek as you get!

Greek Sponge Divers in the Early 1900s

sponge docks tarpon springsThe beautiful waterfront was first explored by Greek sponge divers in the early 1900s when they arrived after the discovery of natural sponge beds and settled in Tarpon Springs.

Back then as well as in current times, one of the main attractions of Tarpon Springs is the famous Sponge Docks, which are set along the Anclote River where Dodecanese Boulevard runs alongside.

Greek Shops, Products and Food

hellas restaurant tarpon springsAs you stroll along Dodecanese Boulevard that follows the riverfront you will find a treasure trove of Greek delights from souvenirs shops selling products from olive oil and natural sponge products to jewelry and home accessories.

sponges tarpon springsWhere there are Greeks there is food, of course, and Tarpon springs does not disappoint. There are a variety of authentic Greek restaurants to choose from including Mama’s Greek Cuisine, Hellas Restaurant and Bakery and Mykonos.

hellas bakery tarpon springs

St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral

tarpon springs St Nicholas Greek Orthodox CathedralWhat Greek community would be complete without a church? In Tarpon Springs you will find the ornately decorated St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral off of Pinellas Ave in a beautiful, historical building and well worth the visit.

st nicholas tarpon springs

While you’re visiting you might be lucky enough to catch an event hosted by the church as they host a variety of festivals and celebrations that are both cultural and religious.