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 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.
Reviewed by gulfportdaniel
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.
Reviewed by LocalShops1com
on September 17, 2012
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
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