Gulfport, Florida


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.

Gulfport is very popular for its wonderful food in a town with a lot of character. O' Maddy's Bar and Grille on the waterfront is one of our favorite places in the world to eat. Peg's Cantina and Brew Pub has tasty fresh mexican meals with award winning home brewed beer and also gets very high marks from us. Pia's, Stella's, Yummy's, Neptunes Grill, the Back-fin Blue Cafe, the Village Pub, Tangelo's, and more all in this small ecclectic artsy community. Come on down and see (taste) for yourself!
Reviewed by RobFowler
on September 17, 2012
Everytime I visit Gulfport, I fall more in love with the town. As soon as I get home, I start planning my next trip. From Fine DIning to Family Friendly, Gulfport has it all. The people are so welcoming, and open to strangers, It's truly a different atmosphere, than I have experienced any other place I've traveled. Wonderful shops, great Fresh Market on Tuesday, and twice a month there's an art walk. Then there's the Casino, where you can dance your cares away most nights.
Reviewed by dstulsa
on September 17, 2012
So many choices for eating in Gulfport, it's hard to choose. Hot dogs, sea food, French cuisine, outdoor, indoor, waterfront view, the list goes on. We visit here two or three times a year to get our dose of Gulfport coziness. This little town is as charming as they come and the people are so friendly.
Reviewed by denverharrison
on September 17, 2012
There isn't another "small town" which offers restaurant and menu variety like Gulfport. From hot dogs to fine dining and everything in between, there is something here to tantalize your tastebuds. There is a weekly "fresh market", bi-monthly "art walks", and several annual street fairs, which are free for family fun. Gulfport is a "small town, with a big heart"!
Reviewed by salodu
on September 17, 2012
The only place with more culinary diversity within such close proximity is Epcot - and the food in Gulfport is way better than the food at Epcot. Gulfport has an English pub, a seaside Greek restaurant, a sidewalk deli, candlelit French cuisine, a courtyard hotdog joint, an al fresco trattoria, a cantina and brewery, a rowdy beach bar, not one but two Cuban options, a seafood bungalow and more - all linked by a couple of sidewalks, lined with fairy-lit trees. During the town's frequent green markets and festivals, more food vendors join the fun.
Reviewed by juniperjenny
on September 17, 2012
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