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.

We find Gulfport a picturesque little paradise. Beyond it's beauty, excellent eateries and artsy eclectic shops the residents are all about enjoying life and extending the same to everyone who visits. If you sit here to long you may not ever leave.
Reviewed by Inrchld
on September 17, 2012
Gulfport has a surprising collection of very good restaurants in a small and very quaint downtown area. From the Italian Beef sandwich with homemade au jus at Yummies to some of the best Italian food you can find at Pia's to handcrafted beers at Peg's to phenomenal seafood at Backfin Blue to the unexpectedly excellent and creative food at O'Maddys....and several other I have not mentioned. And that's all in less than a quarter-mile stretch!
Reviewed by vlovko
on September 17, 2012
There are not many places left like Gulfport. All the restaurants in Gulfport are privately owned thats why the owners/chefs take such pride in their business. If you stay long enough in GP you get to know every one of them. They are present, they become your friend. There is no fear of "aliens" in this town, they treat you like you were born here. It is easy to settle down in GP. There is no chain restaurant in downtown Gulport. The food is authentic, the ambiance of the places is charming and the whole town has a very special relaxed and friendly athmosphere. Many describe GP with "like Key West". I disagree. Maybe like Key West used to be 50/60 years ago, before it got discovered from the tourism/mainstream crowd. And: Gulfport has the better food.
Reviewed by Peegee
on September 17, 2012
Very friendly, quaint little town. Awesome selection of food.
Reviewed by HungryGuy
on September 17, 2012
I'm new to the area and never fail to have people greet me even tho they don't know me. A great feeling.
Reviewed by gpwuenderkind
on September 17, 2012
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