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Tarpon Springs

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Tarpon Springs [1] is a city in Pinellas County, Florida. It is known for its implication in the sponge diving industry and its strong Greek presence. In fact, it has the highest percentage of Greeks of any city in America.

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There is limited public transportation in the city. Having a car is your best bet here. There are also taxis available.

Elite Taxis: +1 727-484-0248

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Sponge Docks. On Dodecanese Avenue, this area is the centre of all sponging and fishing activity in the city. Right by the water, the street features many shops, restaurants and attractions. Although a bit tacky, there is a dishevelled charm to it.

Bayous. Various bayous border the city and are perfect places for a stroll or, if possible, a leisurely boat ride. On Epiphany day, a Greek-Orthodox Holiday, the holiday is commemorated with the traditional diving for the cross, where young men dive in the Spring Bayou, on spring Street, to recover a sunken cross.

Tarpon Avenue. A charming old street featuring historic buildings and a few shops.


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Plenty of things to do from walking the streets to site seeing to eating great authentic Greek food and pastries. Many smiling faces around. The streets are packed with gift shops, jewelry shops, soap and sponge shops.

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Lori's Soap and Sponge Market. Soaps, Sponges and Creams are sold here.

The soaps are handmade with goat's milk and olive oil. They range from plain to all different types of scents.

There are also soaps with sea sponge's attached to them. The sea sponge's are great for exfoliating skin and they are natural….from the sea.

Plain soaps are around $3.00-$4.00 Soaps with the sea sponge attached are around $5.00

Located at 715 Dodecanese Blvd.

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  • Hellas Restaurant and Bakery, 785 Dodecanese Blvd, 727-943-2400. Located in the center of Tarpon Springs, they have an authentic Greek cuisine. Hellas Restaurant offers many varieties of Greek food's.  edit

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Everything is decently priced. Most places take cash, debt, and credit.

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Captain Jack's. 21 Oscar Hill Rd (on the other side of the Sponge Docks) [2]. Restaurant, Grill and Tiki Bar with a large deck on the water. Attracts a younger crowd.

Paul's. Arfaras Boulevard (perpendicular to Dodecanese). Restaurant and Bar that serves a range of dishes, including fish, burgers and seafood.

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DC's Downtown. Tarpon Avenue. Dive Bar with pool tables.

Tarpon Springs Castle Winery. 320 E. Tarpon Avenue. Phone: +1 727-943-7029 [3].

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Tarpon Springs is a relatively safe city. The area around the docks, Pinellas Avenue and Tarpon Avenue are all easily walkable. Taxis

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