When visitors come to Sun Valley, they fall hopelessly in love with the Greek community of Tarpon Springs. They are charmed as they stroll along quaint brick streets and pop into specialty shops that are housed in buildings dating back to the 1800s. In addition, miles of the picturesque waterfront is ideal for fishing and boating. Perhaps the most special aspect of the town is the culture, which is evident in the fine restaurants, bakeries, and markets that offer authentic Greek cuisine. Now you’ll know why people say it’s a place where you can visit Greece without having to leave Florida.
Tarpon Springs hosts events throughout the year, but the best time to join in the festivities is during the holiday season. Enjoy a host of galas, all of which welcome you free of charge. They start on December 6 with the annual Illuminated Boat Parade, a procession of festively decorated vessels that light up the waterfront as they glide by. Next on the agenda, the Christmas Parade on December 14 runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Christmas on the Sponge Docks runs from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The latter is a downtown celebration of listening to music, sampling delicacies from food vendors and shopping for unique gifts. Local festivities will culminate on the evening of December 24 with a cherished tradition called Light Up the Bayou. Here, thousands of candles in white paper bags are lit at sunset and placed around the water.
Prepare to be charmed and welcomed so openly by the Tarpon Springs community. Sun Valley is the place to settle for a season or for a lifetime. To schedule a tour of homes available for rent or purchase, call 727-940-7916 or email SunValley@CoveCommunities.com. The address is 39248 US 19 North Tarpon Springs, FL.