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.

I visited Gulfport in April of this year and everyone was very friendly. It definitely had a nice, small-town feel and some of the best restaurants in the area! The restaurants were all locally-owned; the food was delicious.
Reviewed by slheilman
on September 17, 2012
Love the food and service!
Reviewed by rachaelebner
on September 17, 2012
Never had a bad meal in Gulfport and has that quaint feel to it.
Reviewed by gamm51859
on September 17, 2012
I lived in this county for almost 6 years and Gulfport was one of the secrets that mostly only the locals knew about. Lots of little hole in the walls and a dance now and then. It's a bonus that it's on the water.
Reviewed by cigarista
on September 17, 2012
Gulfport. Old Florida culture and hospitality
Reviewed by pfinnis
on September 17, 2012
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