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Why This One Little Town Is Florida’s Best Kept Secret

Gulfport is a town of around 12,000 people located near St. Petersburg, on the Boca Ciega Bay. This town may be small, but there is no shortage of fun things to do—whether you’re a tourist or a lifelong Floridian.

Gulfport is full of shops and houses painted in bright, beachy colors, which is perfectly appropriate for this funky community full of interesting art, delicious food, and scenic views.

Don’t miss the town’s fresh market (held every Tuesday) for produce, antiques, gifts and treats. Art Walk, held on the first Friday and third Saturday of every month, is a perfect way to check out the local artistic talent.

If you love Gulfport so much that you decide to settle in and stay for awhile, we recommend The Historic Peninsula Inn. This charming inn is perfect for relaxation or romance.

For breakfast, head over to Stella’s. You’ll be greeted with the perfect cup of coffee, a delicious donut or hot breakfast, and a lovely view. For lunch, drinks, or a casual dinner, check out the local hot spot, O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille. Guests rave about both the food and stunning views from this classic beach bar. If you’re looking for something a little more quiet or romantic, head to Pia’s Trattoria. This adorable cafe has some outstanding homemade Italian classics and an intimate Tuscan-inspired atmosphere.

Check out some photos of Gulfport below and start planning your trip right away!

Have you ever visited Gulfport? What are your favorite things to do, places to stay and meals to eat in this charming town? Please share them with us!

Victoria W
Victoria is a staff writer for OIYS.