Great, friendly, welcoming town. Most residents are from somewhere else and happy to tell you their stories! Very dog friendly, pets everywhere, I don't think we encountered one unhappy person in 5 days. We stayed at the Historic Peninsula Inn which was centrally located and a gathering place for locals during happy hour- a short walk to the waterfront area with shops and restaurants along the way. Lots of great restaurants, including the one at our hotel, Isabellas. Great place to take long walks, entire town accessible on foot. The casino on the waterfront is actually a dance hall, and we did the ballroom dancing thing on Sunday night- fun and inexpensive evening! We were fortunate and attended the monthly "First Friday" evening with artists, craftspeople, and live music outdoors throughout the town. All in all, a lucky find and certainly a place we will revisit!
I started keeping my sailboat there this weekend and really was"t familiar with Gulfport but was really surprised with everything about the town, the beaches, the restaurants, the art show and the general hospitality of the people and the town. The Boca Ciega Yacht Club is a very good plus for Gulfport to have available to both locals and out of towners to enjoy.
Gulfport was a nice getaway from St. Pete's and Tampa. The town is small and cozy, but offers its own unique flair with a variety of tasty restuarants and things to do (farmer's market,kayaking, beach volleyball, dolphin cruise).