Gulfport is a small incorporated city in the heart of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area. Its southern border fronts on Boca Ciega bay.
Gulfport has an “Old Florida” feel to it, especially around its waterfront district. Many of the original old cottages still remain, and the neighborhood is sprinkled with charming little shops and restaurants. The streets are lined with ancient oak trees and some of the residential areas still have brick streets.
It’s not surprising that Gulfport attracts a lot of artists and craftspeople who are fascinated by its charm and tropical ambiance. Locals and tourists crowd the streets on the first Friday and third Saturday of each month for a celebration call “Art Walk”. The center of community activity is the old Gulfport Casino Ballroom located on the waterfront at the base of the city pier. The Casino dates back to the early days of the city and hosts various dance events five days a week on its 1930s era dance floor.
These events are well attended by fun lovers from St. Pete, Tampa, Clearwater and the entire Tampa Bay area. Gulfport is also famous for its many good restaurants. Several travel magazines have voted the town as one of the best food cities in Florida.