2013 Best Small Towns in America
Contest ends: September 3, 2013
18 Votes - "Best For Food"
4 Votes - "Friendliest"
2 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
Gulfport, FL is a small beach community full of parks, piers, culture, and delicious dining. The colorful town is buzzing with activity from Fresh Markets every Tuesday showcasing fresh produce, breads, seafood, and condiments to Art Walks the first Friday and third Saturday of every month featuring musicians, artists, and food vendors.
Gulfport celebrates several annual festivals including Get Rescued supporting pet rescues in February, SpringFest highlighting local artists in March, a 4th of July parade, and a Labor Day street fair called Gecko Fest.
Visitors can mosey through the Clam Bayou Nature Preserve, take in the view from Williams Pier, or explore the historic Waterfront District’s varied shops and restaurants. Reviewers rave about Isabelle’s, O’Maddy’s, Tangelo’s and Neptune Grill to name a few.
Locals enjoy recreation at Skyway Fishing Pier and Egmont Key State Parks, let loose at the local Casino, and celebrate the arts in galleries along Beach Blvd. Be sure to visit the All Veterans Memorial Park, which pays tribute to veterans from each branch of the military.
- I fell in love with Gulfport, Florida about 8 years ago during a visit there. I loved it so much, I bought a home there which I currently rent out, but plan to use for my retirement. This small town is hidden gem in Florida with wonderful views, food and people. The City of Gulfport is also an amazing entity in itself. It's the only city that I know of that I run into city employees on the street, ask them about trimming down a tree and it actually gets done within the week! Love the place and the efficient government. Ana www.comfycommuter.com
- on February 1, 2017
- My husband and I actually live about an hour and a half from Gulfport. With that being said having a need to "get away from it all" we would drive to our little secret beach in Gulfport. There is a swing on the beach we would hang our on. We would watch the boaters,sun worshipers and locals walking their puppies. We would later pick out one of the great restaurants to eat and sadly (but batteries re-charged)drive back home. We finally could not resist any more. We bought a beautiful quint "bungalow" a short walk to the beach,marina, and restaurants. We love Gulfport and I never found anyone who didn't.
- on June 10, 2015
- Gulfport is truly a hidden gem! Looking for some fun and tasty delights on a Tuesday? Visit the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market on Beach Blvd--open year round from 9am-2pm (June-Sept) and 9am-3pm during season (Oct-May.) Great small business, the beach is beautiful and clean and the community is friendly. And, don't forget to stop by Peg's for some amazing beers and some awesome cheesecakes!
- on August 1, 2013
- Gulfport is a little oasis of "Old Florida" comfort and friendliness on the Gulf Coast. The heart of town is is filled with quaint cottages and small, independent businesses. Artists have called Gulfport home for many years. Regular events include a twice-monthly "Art Walk," and a year-round weekly Fresh Market. And the dining scene in Gulfport is booming with over 15 independently-owned restaurants within a few blocks of the historic downtown area. Choices range from deli sandwiches and tapas to award-winning fine dining. You can't beat Gulfport for friendly people, small-town charm, and great dining.
- on September 17, 2012
- Pia's, Peg's, Tangelo's Stella's, O'Maddy's, Neptune, La Cote Basque, T & Me, Yummy's, Backfin Blue, Penninsula Inn, Anytime Pizza, Village Pub ... all within a mile in our beautiful waterfront oasis.
- on September 17, 2012