Best Tampa Airbnbs: Fun Gulf Coast Florida Vacation Rentals

This article lists many of the highest rated and best Tampa Airbnbs—located in Ybor City, Hyde Park, Seminole Heights, and Tampa Downtown. Our choices include a variety of Airbnb rentals, including a historic carriage house, farmhouse, tiny house, luxury condos, and even a yacht (sleep on a boat!).

Tampa is a favorite US Gulf Coast travel destination, offering visitors a vibrant downtown waterfront, exciting Cuban culture (and food!), innovative Florida Gulf cuisine and craft beverages, and plenty of outdoor and culture adventures. The recent popularity and success of its professional sports programs have earned Tampa Florida the nickname #ChampaBay.

We have visited Tampa Florida many times and have stayed in lodging from luxury boutique hotels to small Airbnb properties. I grew up in South Florida and we visit the Florida Gulf Coast at least a few months every year. We also have rented dozens of Airbnb properties in several US states and countries around the world.

fun ways to see Tampa Florida: water bike
riding a water bike is one of the fun Tampa activities Photo by Julie of FuninFairfaxVA.com.

Tips for Choosing Perfect Tampa Airbnbs

To find the best Tampa Airbnb vacation rentals, first we like to search for established properties with plenty of useful reviews and photos. Second, we apply filters that matter most to us, which can vary each trip. For instance, we usually prefer places to ourselves, with blazing wifi, compelling location, and a king bed. Third, sometimes we may want a pool or hot tub, two bedrooms/baths, or other features.

Airbnb offers many tools to help you narrow in on the best selection for your needs. McCool Travel tip: We love an Airbnb rental with a washer and dryer, especially on long road trips.

Tips to find perfect Airbnbs in Tampa FL:

  • Read reviews
  • Check pictures for accuracy and clues
  • Prioritize listings from Superhosts
  • Use filters to help you find your essentials and preferences
  • Read our comprehensive article with Airbnb advantages, booking tips, and why Airbnbs are better than hotels.

Unless otherwise noted, the below recommended Tampa Airbnb properties are owned and managed by Airbnb Superhosts and have superior ratings, photos, and reviews. We will list some basic info, differentiating characteristics, and why we recommend it as one of the best Tampa Airbnb properties.

We even suggest our favorite Tampa hotels at the end of this article because we know that not every traveler wants to stay in rental properties.

Our Suggested Best Tampa Airbnbs

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Downtown Tampa Airbnb Rentals

Might as well start our Airbnb Tampa downtown coverage with this remarkable 20th floor condo. Located in the heart of the action, this downtown Tampa vacation rental is a short walk from Amalie Arena, Tampa Riverwalk, and Tampa Convention Center. Did I mention it is on the 20th floor? Love these birds-eye views above the world below. This Tampa Florida Airbnb has a perfect 5.0 rating from its two dozen (so far) guests, meaning it is a relatively new Airbnb in Tampa FL; most of our other listings have over 100 reviews.

20th floor downtown Tampa Florida Airbnb. Photo from Airbnb.

Downtown Tampa Luxury Oasis. This Airbnb in downtown Tampa is steps from Tampa Riverwalk, Straz Center, and much more—including Ulele (one of our favorite Tampa restaurants). With a queen bed and living room couch, this Tampa Airbnb rental allows four guests but is better for a solo traveler, couple, or perhaps parent(s) and one child.

Spain Lofts in Downtown Tampa. Steps from Tampa Riverwalk, Straz Performing Arts Center, and Rivergate Tower, this Airbnb in Tampa Downtown has a king bed and couch and countless home away from home amenities.

green couch in downtown Tampa loft Airbnb
Tampa Florida Airbnb rental. Photo from Airbnb.

3 bedroom Airbnb Tampa House. This fabulous three bedroom (all queen beds), two bath apartment is located a bit north of the above three Tampa Airbnbs—near Armature Works and Ulele. The classic 1903 Tampa Florida Airbnb house has a pool table, wooden floors, and a clawfoot tub. This place would be a convenient Airbnb in Tampa for a family or several friends/couples.

Hyde Park Tampa Airbnb Rentals

I absolutely love the historic Hyde Park section of Tampa, which is just west of the downtown and south of University of Tampa (UT). The following three Airbnb Tampa rentals are in different sections of Hyde Park but all are within a short walk of Bayshore Boulevard, Old Hyde Park Village, Bern’s Steak House, Ciro’s Speakeasy, and so much more funness.

Hyde Park Guest House. This private one bedroom (queen bed) guest house is convenient for a Florida getaway or extended Tampa Bay stay. The Superhost owner lives in the other house on the property so you can be assured of great service and the near perfect Airbnb reviews confirm this.

Romantic Carriage House. When an Airbnb listing has over 125 reviews and an extraordinary rating of 4.99, it attracts my attention. This 1924 private apartment in historic Old Hyde Park has a romantic metal queen bed, comfortable living room, and courtyard space. It is a charming and cool Tampa Florida Airbnb.

Old Hyde Park Tampa Florida Airbnb
Tampa Florida Airbnb in Hyde Park. Photo from Airbnb.

Hyde Park Historical Apartment. This clean, newly refurbished Airbnb in Tampa Florida’s Hyde Park district is one of four apartments in a classic and historic 1910 building. With a king bed the rental unit is ideal for no more than two persons. The brick streets around this Hyde Park Tampa Airbnb are really fun and interesting.

Ybor City Tampa Airbnb Rentals

When visiting Ybor City make sure to try at least two Cuban sandwiches (or Media Noche, which I prefer), martinis at Bernini, mead at Cigar City Cider and Mead, and to step on Cuban soil in Jose Marti Park.

Historic Ybor City Bungalow Casita. Cozy two bedroom (two queen beds) tiny home is conveniently located to Columbia Restaurant, Bernini, and the Ybor City Historic District. Can snugly allow six people but is much better for a couple or even two couples who really like each other.

For a reunion, wedding, girlfriend getaway, or larger gathering (up to 20 people), rent the above casita and/or the adjoining four bedroom Ybor City Airbnb house from the same owner.

Ybor City Tampa Airbnb
Historic casita Airbnb in Ybor City. Photo from Airbnb.

Ybor Roost. This tiny house (500 square feet) is an urban farmhouse with resident wild chickens. It offers tranquil private space and backyard escape mere steps from the Ybor City funness. A queen bed and sleeper sofa accommodates four visitors but this Tampa Airbnb is more suited for a couple.

colorful patio chairs at Ybor Tampa Airbnb
Ybor tiny house Airbnb rental. Photo from Airbnb.

Other Tampa Airbnbs

The Bingeing Bookworm is a two bedroom apartment (sleeps max 6) across the street from University of Tampa and a 5 minute walk from Tampa Riverwalk, Tampa Downtown, and Hyde Park. Its proximity to Oxford Exchange
(one of our favorite Tampa restaurants) alone makes this Tampa Airbnb well worth considering.

A fun Florida Airbnb rental is this baby yacht near the Tampa Convention Center. It has two bedrooms (double beds), two bathrooms, and an unbeatable location. This is only Tampa Airbnb we list not owned/managed/listed by a Superhost but we love the unique possibility.

stay on a boat in this Tampa Airbnb on the water
Enjoy this fun Florida Airbnb in Tampa. Photo from Airbnb.

Harbour Island Tampa Condo. This luxury one bedroom (king bed) condo is modern, amenity filled, and right across the bridge from Amalie Arena and downtown Tampa. Fantastic for long-term stays, quick visit, or work trips (much better than a hotel). Enjoy the fitness center, two pools, and other community spaces in this gated complex.

Riverside Guesthouse. Phenomenal spot in the northeast section of Old Seminole Heights. Barn doors separate bedroom (queen bed) from the smartly furnished living space and kitchen areas. But wait, there is much more. How about a screened-in porch overlooking the Hillsborough River? Oh yeah, said porch also has a relaxing hammock. Or enjoy the floating dock and bask in the Spanish moss draped oak trees. This is such a peaceful and unique Old Florida place.

screen porch with hammock in a cool Airbnb in Tampa FL
Gorgeous Tampa Airbnb Rental on the river. Photo from Airbnb.

Find your own Airbnbs in Tampa FL by clicking the below map. Good luck and happy travels!

Best Tampa Hotels

Here are three of our favorite Tampa hotels:

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