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.

This is the best town in the USA. I have lived all over the country. Boston, Portland, Atlanta, Denver, phoenix, D.C, and more. We accept all kinds of people here. Everybody's friendly. We have a great family friendly beach with pure white sand. 20 or so restaurants to choose from. Art walks twice a month. Many festivals and activities. Kayaking, fishing, volleyball, performing arts theater, music every night, the list goes on..... It sounds like a party town but not really...... Because it's also residential. It's all mixed in together. So it's not noisy after 10 pm. But the best part is that you don't have to be rich to live here. Everybody seems to be on the same level. You can walk down the street and say hi to the Mayer, or grab your guitar and play music with some hippy's on the beach. It's gay friendly, straight friendly, poor friendly, rich friendly, and all in between. No corporate anything, it's all small business. Basically, it's an example of what America (and the world) should aspire too.'s in the middle of 3 major cities. Tampa, saint petersburg and Sarasota. I could go on and on but I'm going to the beach to watch the sunset :) If you are looking for a place to live that focuses on quality of life rather than struggling to get ahead in the rat race just to buy fancy things and earn respect from people that you don't care about or don't care about you... Check out Gulfport.
Reviewed by Melo
on September 17, 2012
Stroll down the main street any time of the day and be greeted by everyone you pass by. Watch the sunset over Boca Ciega bay, Bird watch at Clam Bayou, fish off Williams Pier, launch your kyak or boat at our City Marina,You might want to visit our Senior Center, voted one of the top in the country, then go over to our excellent library.The frosting on the cake? You can walk to all of these places. Our restaurants are excellent and you can walk to them all. Gulfport has 12,000 people and is 2.8 sq. miles. A little city looking forward to the future with hope and vision.
Reviewed by seaurchin1
on September 17, 2012
We love Gulfport! Great array of restaurants, a cute beach, and nice town to walk! also centrally located to gulf beaches, downtown st pete and shopping! Great art walks too...
Reviewed by lenrobledo
on September 17, 2012
The coolest little twon in Florida.
Reviewed by dhelmic
on September 17, 2012
Gulfport is a very special place. Considering we are only 2.8 miles long and have so many resturants, with such verity and really good food and at atmosphere. And right on the beach. How can we not win. Remember it is our best kept sceret in Florida. We all love it here & so do our dogs. Charlene Metrano
Reviewed by Charlene1016
on September 17, 2012
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