Set within a calm, blue bay on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the city of Tampa is one of the most popular places to visit and live in the state. See for yourself why people love the upscale Sunshine State lifestyle when you book a Tampa VRBO like one of our favorites below.
In addition to its already-thriving downtown business core, Tampa is currently experiencing a booming cultural Renaissance of sorts. The newly transformed Tampa River Walk is a fantastic addition to the city, spanning 2.6 miles along the Hillsborough River and downtown Tampa waterfront. Attractions along the pedestrian-friendly walking/cycling trail include the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where you can catch performances of touring Broadway hits like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Anastasia, and Kinky Boots. New markets and hotspots include hip Armature Works and Sparkman Wharf, both featuring local vendors, craft beers, and delicious food.
If you want to know the best places to stay, some of the best neighborhoods in Tampa include Bayshore, Davis Island, and South Tampa. For beachfront vacation rentals in Tampa, you’ll want to venture across the Howard Frankland Bridge to St. Petersburg. Not to worry, we’ve found the best Tampa VRBO rentals for you to choose from and shared them all below!
Extravagant VRBO Mega-Mansion In The Heart Of South Tampa
As they say, “Go big or go home!” This sprawling mega-mansion in the heart of South Tampa is absolutely fit for a Queen. In fact, with nine bedrooms and a whopping 14 bathrooms, it’s fit for an entire kingdom! Dripping with crystal chandeliers and spanning nearly 20,000 sq. ft. this European-inspired urban castle can accommodate up to 20 guests easily. This place is so big, you might even lose track of grandma!
Enjoy time together to watch a flick in your private movie theater or perhaps perform a song or two in the sound-proofed concert hall. Outside are a huge swimming pool and hot tub, plus a separate guest house for additional privacy. Serve high tea in (seriously) the designated tea room, or shoot a few rounds of billiards in the huge game room. From around $1,500 a night, the most opulent Tampa VRBO property we’ve ever seen could be all yours for your next family gathering or group getaway.
South Tampa Waterfront Home With Pool, Tiki Hut, Dock
With its casual, coastal vibes, this stunning waterfront vacation rental in South Tampa is laidback luxury living at its finest. The 3,000 sq. ft. home is perfectly positioned on the Tampa Bay waterfront in an upscale residential neighborhood, just a short drive from the city’s downtown core. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the home can comfortably accommodate a group of 6, ideal for couples or a small family.
Available from around $875 a night, this luxury waterfront home is tastefully decorated inside with new finishings and high-end appliances. The outdoor spaces are perfect for entertaining and enjoying each other’s company in the Florida sunshine. There’s even a tiki hut with built-in BBQ grill, beer on tap, fridge and wet bar. Take a dip in the large swimming pool or have a lazy snooze in the peaceful hammock. Enjoy your own putting green, fire pit, and dock access, all from this spectacular waterfront Tampa VRBO.
Renovated Mansion With Pool On The Hillsborough River
Located just a short drive north of downtown Tampa, this stunning riverfront mansion is perfect for vacationers seeking a quieter, more private space. The sprawling, Spanish-style property backs onto the Hillsborough River, which gently winds it’s way south before spilling into Tampa Bay. The owners even provide two kayaks for you to take out onto the river! This is one of the best Tampa VRBO properties for a family vacation as the popular Zoo Tampa At Lowry Park is just a few minutes away.
With space for up to 16 guests in five bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms, this recently renovated and stylish home is available to book for around $715 a night. Tastefully decorated and full of modern amenities, this riverfront vacation rental will quickly feel like a home-away-from-home. Enjoy spending quality time together kayaking on the river, playing ping-pong, grilling on the outdoor BBQ, and making a splash in the private swimming pool with attached jacuzzi.
Luxurious South Tampa Estate With Pool, Private Office
One of the best neighborhoods in the city, South Tampa has so much to offer its residents and visitors. This luxury family home with child-proofed pool is ideally located in the center of it all. Head to one of Tampa’s famous theme parks like Busch Gardens or check out the container food trucks and kid-friendly lawn games at Sparkman Wharf. Perfectly set up to accommodate a family of 12 or more, this luxurious South Tampa home is available from just $500 a night.
Warm and inviting, this space feels less like an opulent mansion than a true family home. That’s not to say it’s not luxurious, though! There are five big bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, plus a detached guest house with two more bedrooms, another bathroom, and a kitchenette. The outdoor deck has a swimming pool with child safety fence and there’s an additional outdoor dining area set up beneath a beautiful pergola in the backyard.
Hip Penthouse Loft In The Heart of Historic Ybor City
One of the most unique Tampa VRBO rentals, this renovated penthouse loft in Ybor City is a rare find! It’s hard to score such large and luxurious accommodation in one of Tampa’s most central neighborhoods, but rest assured, we found it for you. Giving off Brooklyn or Shoreditch levels of hipness, Ybor City is actually one of the oldest parts of Tampa. This vibrant area has a rich Cuban history and is where you’ll find some of Tampa’s coolest vintage shops and many excellent Latin eateries including the famous Columbia Restaurant.
This large penthouse loft apartment has been recently renovated to exacting standards, with gleaming hardwood floors throughout. There’s space for 8-10 guests with four bedrooms and two bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and two living spaces with a comfortable lounge and billiards table. Hop on the historic trolley just outside your front door and reach the waterfront Channelside district or downtown Tampa in minutes!
Davis Island Dream Home With Pool & Elevator
One of the most desirable places to stay in Tampa is the exclusive community of Davis Island. It’s here that you’ll find some of the city’s most extravagant and luxurious mansions, just a 5-minute drive from downtown Tampa. This Davis Island dream home with pool and elevator is no exception. Custom-built in a glam, Mediterranean style, this ultra-luxurious home is somehow still warm and inviting, creating a perfect environment for your next family vacation.
This luxury Tampa VRBO in Davis Island can accommodate up to 13 guests with six bedrooms and four bathrooms. Upon entering the home, you’ll be greeted by soaring ceilings and a grand staircase with wrought-iron detail. Relax and unwind in one of the multiple living spaces, cook up something special in the gourmet kitchen, or shoot a few rounds at the billiards table. Outside, a screened-in lanai keeps the mozzies at bay while you enjoy a dip in the private swimming pool with spa, or relax in the outdoor lounge space. The most unique feature of all? This gorgeous home has its own elevator, great for older guests with mobility issues — or simply to use for fun!
Upscale, Boutique Accommodation In Downtown St. Pete
Walk to the beach in minutes from this gorgeous, boutique vacation home in downtown St. Pete. Just a short drive across the bay from Tampa, St. Petersburg offers a more laidback, beachy vibe than its big-city neighbor. This VRBO Tampa St. Pete rental is a steal, from just $450 a night on average. Designed in the style of an upscale artists’ boutique hotel, this luxury bungalow can accommodate up to four guests with three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
We think this Tampa VRBO in St. Pete would be perfect for a romantic couples’ getaway or else well-suited for a small family. The bright and cheerful decor is reflective of your tropical, Florida surroundings — it’s impossible not to have a permanent smile on your face when you stay in this charming luxury home!
Elegant, Private Estate With Pool In St. Pete, Tampa
Last but certainly not least, this one might just be the biggest and best VRBO Tampa St. Pete rental around. Just look at those photos! This 8,000 sq. ft. mansion estate in St. Petersburg, Florida, is just a short drive over the Howard Frankland Bridge from downtown Tampa. This enormous home sleeps up to 12 guests with ease and is ideally suited for family reunions, corporate retreats, local events, and larger group gatherings like pre-wedding festivities. Located in a secured, residential area, you’ll enjoy peace and privacy while still being just a few blocks from downtown St. Pete’s great restaurants and attractions.
Inside this glamorous estate, there are six bathrooms and five enormous bedrooms, each one more spectacular than the list. There are not one but two master suites, both with vaulted ceilings, a fireplace, and a separate sitting room! The sprawling floor plan includes four separate dining spaces, two large living rooms, an office, and a huge gourmet kitchen. But that’s just inside! Outdoors, enjoy a spacious Travertine deck with a massive heated swimming pool, hot tub with jets, covered lanai with lounge seating, and an outdoor grill. This spectacular home is available for an average of $1,000 a night.