Summer adventures and road trips call in the Sunshine State, and finding a place to stay is a must. If the only thing stopping you from taking your road trip is the lodging price tag, the only solution is to pool together your funds with the BFF and split the cost. Thankfully, Tampa Bay vacation rental cottages can be cheap if you look for the right deal. 

Finding a cheap place to rent in Tampa Bay isn't always easy, but luckily we've done some digging for you. On this list you'll find vintage cuties, cabin vibes, themed spaces and wooden accents - all uniquely adorable and affordable. Most of these places will cost you less than $30 per person - one is even available for less than $10 a person!

Whether you're local looking to take a little stay-cation at the nearby beaches or road tripping through the area, these charming, and cheap cottages near Tampa will give you an affordable place for you and your friends to stay on your summer adventures.

Vintage Seminole Heights Cottage

Price per night: $46 - $11.50/person

Address: Seminole Heights neighborhood near Lowry Park Zoo

Why you need to go: Split between you and your 3 friends the price is extremely affordable. Your cottage will have the most charming vintage finishes, and you even have a working vintage radio and fenced backyard and garden with a charcoal grill. Sleeps 4.

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Flamingo Cottage

Price per night: $85 - $28.30/person

Address: South of Tampa in Gulfport

Why you need to go: The cutest flamingo themed stay for your getaway. Sleeps up to 3, making the split cost super affordable. For the price, they also include a BBQ grill on the backyard patio and beach essentials if you're planning for a beach day!

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Charming Bayshore Guesthouse

Price per night: $100 - $25/person

Address: Bayshore Beautiful community on S MacDill Ave, south of Tampa.

Why you need to go: This gorgeous wood accented cottage sleeps 4 and has a very cute natural vibe. They have a unique wooden bar, as well as a cozy sleeping loft that sleeps 2. There's even a pool for guest use. At $25 a person, you can't go wrong.

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Billiard Cabin On The Water

Price per night: $79 - $9.85/person

Address: A short distance North of Citrus Park in Tampa

Why you need to go: This rental is great for large groups of up to 8! For the full 8, splitting it is less than $10 a person - for the price you get access to a pool & pingpong table, screened patio right on the water, a gas grill for BBQ nights, a firepit, and the option to rent kayaks. 

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Peace Cottage


Price per night: $69 - $34.50/person

Address: Just north of Spring Hill, still less than an hour from Tampa

Why you need to go: This location sleeps 2, and is a little further out than the other options on this list - but this peaceful cottage on a ranch is as serene as it gets. Not only will you and your BFF get to spend time with animals, but you're also close to the forest for hikes, and Crystal River for snorkeling and swimming. Char some chicken on the barbie, and sit on the porch in rocking chairs enjoying your retreat. They even offer horseback rides in the cooler seasons.

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The Olive Grove Tuscan Retreat 

Price per night: $65 - $16.25/person

Address: Just south of Peace Cottage by Spring Hill.

Why you need to go: If you're still wanting to maintain that seclusion but get just a smidge closer to Tampa, this charming A-frame location sleeps 4. It has rustic Tuscan flair nestled comfortably on a 4-acre olive orchard. For the price, you get access to a screened back patio, huge yard, firepit, Gazebo, picnic area, and grill all to yourself. They even have bikes and kayaks available for guest use. You're close to Weeki Wachee, Chasawitzka, Homosassa, and Crystal River - as well as Pine Island & Bayport Fishing pier for an all-out nature retreat.

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Butterfly Cottage

Price per night: $60 - $12/person

Address: Oldsmar - close to Tampa International Airport.

Why you need to go: This simple, clean, and cute butterfly themed cottage sleeps up to 5. You'll have Wi-Fi and cable tv to chill after a day of adventure and have a serene backyard garden and patio area to relax under the night sky.

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What are you waiting for? Get your bucket lists and road trip crews ready - these cottages will help you afford your adventure!

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