100th Gasparilla

100th Gasparilla

Tampa celebrates its 100th Gasparilla on Saturday (1/31/15).  Tampa’s answer to Mardi Gras celebrates the legend of Jose Gaspar (nicknamed Gasparilla), a mythical Spanish pirate captain who supposedly operated in southwest Florida. Gasparilla was founded in 1904.   The festival didn’t happen in 1907-09 and was suspended during World War I and II so it’s accurate to say Gasparilla has been held 100 times, just not all in a row.

Gasparilla Parade 1922 over the Kennedy Blvd. Bridge, 1 year before Erehwon was built.

Gasparilla

Vacation Retreat near Tampa Cruise Line Terminal

Vacation Retreat near Tampa Cruise Line Terminal

Tampa is one of the premier cruise port destinations in the South.

Erehwon Retreat is just 4.6 miles from the Port of Tampa Cruise ship Terminal; we coordinate our two properties turn over day with same day arrival/departures:

  • Sundays – Royal Caribbean International “Brilliance” and Carnival Cruises “Paradise.”
  • Mondays – Norwegian Cruise Line “Sun”, Carnival Cruises “Pride” and Holland America Line “Ryndam.”

This allows cruise ship passengers to easily enjoy an evening show at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, visit Ybor city, the historic Cuban or Latin District of Tampa. Rest peacefully in Old Seminole Heights.  Our neighborhood at Tampa’s first suburb (1911) and has been designated as a National, State and local  Historic Landmark District.