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Some of Tampa Bay’s more unique vacation rentals on Airbnb and VRBO

The options range from an Airstream trailer to an artist studio.
This home is in St. Petersburg's Historic Kenwood neighborhood. (Vrbo)
This home is in St. Petersburg's Historic Kenwood neighborhood. (Vrbo)
Published Jun. 27, 2019

As summer rolls on, here are a few of the more unique Airbnb and Vrbo home rentals around Tampa, whether you’re interested in a staycation or looking for novelty when you travel. Tampa Bay has an abundance of Florida mainstays, such as houseboats and yachts, but there are more unconventional options on both websites.

A house that is art

This home is in St. Petersburg's Historic Kenwood neighborhood. (Vrbo)

Vitale Bros. murals have become a well-known sight in St. Petersburg in recent years, but brothers Johnny, Paul and Joey have been splashing murals across the walls of Tampa Bay area buildings since 1992, including this home in St. Petersburg’s Kenwood neighborhood.

From the listing: “Enjoy your own private entrance, free parking, and 2 bedroom getaway. Downtown is only 1.5 miles away with plenty of restaurants and museums to enjoy, including The Dali and The James. Enjoy a mural painted on your dwelling by one of the prominent artists of St Petersburg, The Vitale Brothers.”=

Price per night: $110

An Airstream

Flashier than the typical RV, Airstreams, the iconic aluminum travel trailers, have been around since 1931. This one in Southeast Seminole Heights is newly renovated and available on Airbnb.

From the listing: “Our beautifully renovated 1974 31′ Airstream Sovereign is centrally located within the heart of Tampa, only 5 minutes from downtown, the convention center, and Ybor City! This secluded property is an urban retreat like no other.”

Price per night: $88

A beach-themed tiny home

Not far from Lido Beach, this tiny home mimics a beach cottage with a hammock and a porch out front.

From the listing: “Close to many diverse dining spots, from fine dining to farm to table local. Bike to Lido Beach, St Armand’s Circle, farmers market Saturday mornings, weekend art festivals, etc. (Bikes included for your use.)”

Price per night: $70

An artist’s studio

Sit, cook, dine: simple directives are laid out in this Town n’ Country home listed as a “creative studio.”

From the listing: “Designed by an architect with the mission of creating a space that fosters creativity. All the details have been carefully thought of and constructed with functionality and style in mind. Main idea was to provide day to day activities into a compact space while maintaining room to play.”

Price per night: $65

A loft apartment

Located in West Tampa, this loft has a raised bedroom accessible by a ladder. (Vrbo)

They are common in cities with old vacated warehouses, but there are also options for loft apartments in Tampa Bay. Old West Studio Lofts in West Tampa has multiple units listed for short-term rentals.

From the listing: “The Loft design is especially ideal for those seeking an adventure and something different than ordinary. The proximity to Downtown Tampa and Ybor makes this the great accommodation for explorers especially as there are many unique and authentic restaurants and shops around the area. Also it is close to Raymond James and Straz!”

Price per night: $94

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