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.

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
Gulfport is located in the Tampa Bay area nestled between St Petersburg and St Pete Beach. It's funky eclectic and Mayberryesque all at once! Progressive and Quaint! A true CONUNDRUM in today's modern hustle bustle world. People stop to talk to each other often learn your pet's name before learning yours! Our waterfront is great and so are our Restaurants! Come visit during one of our many festivals to see what we are all about, maybe.
Reviewed by MJB
on September 17, 2012
Life is good in Gulfport!
Reviewed by maddy
on September 17, 2012
Shop, dine, stay and play...Gulfport has it all. Perched on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay this "Old Florida Fishing Village" is likened to Key West before Tourism. Voted "Best Romantic Stroll" by Creative Loafing you can park your car (FREE, no meters) and hit anyone of the shops and restaurants. If your hungry you can pick from award winning crab cakes; British Curry and Fish and chips; Greek; Seafood; Cuban; deli; Italian; Mexican; and locally brewed beer or better yet taste a little here, stroll, take in the watefront sunset, enjoy some live entertainment or a dance at the Historic waterfront Casino. Extend your evening with a stay at the Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn. This casual, friendly, quirky town is the antidote to everyday.
Reviewed by seabreeze
on September 17, 2012
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