Gulfport Florida

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  • Gulfport is a city that is part of the St. Petersburg – Clearwater – Tampa metropolitan area. Originally, the town was called Disston City when Hamilton Disston bought the land. However, the United States Postal Service did not approve due to conflicting names with another town in the State, it was then renamed to Bonifacio. In 1890, the town was again renamed to Veteran City, and finally in 1910 to Gulfport.

    Just like in the Old Florida days, Gulfport is still a sleepy beach town. It is popular for its magnificent beaches, as well as, a slow and relaxed way of living. The town offers a grand view of the Boca Ciega Aquatic Preserve and is a stone’s throw away from famous beaches that face the Gulf of Mexico.

    The quirky art shops in its downtown area is a great place to discover unique contemporary pieces of art. Additionally, the town is famous for its numerous dining options. In the past, the town ash been one of the finalists for a culinary contest as a town having the best dining options. Those who love the spirit of adventure will want to come back again and again to Gulfport.

    Attractions and Activities in Gulfport

    For adventure seekers, wanderers, or simply those who want to have a relaxing time away from the usual demands of work, Gulfport has something to offer. From festivals to daily attractions, you will find an array of amazing things to do and discover in this town.

    • Beach Boulevard – This is a nice strip where you can walk, shop, get delicious food, listen to nice music, watch a game or two of beach volleyball and some much more. There are quaint shops that line the area where you can get almost anything that you want from branded items to cute souvenirs.
    • Gulfport Municipal Beach – If you have never experienced a bayfront beach before, then this is your chance. The place is peaceful, with white sand, nice playgrounds for kids, picnic areas, and an amazing view of the Boca Ciega Bay.
    • Clam Bayou Nature Park – There are plenty of great things that you can experience in this small nature park. There are walking trails, small boardwalks that looks out to the intercostal waterway, nice playgrounds, and picnic areas. There are also seasonal birds who like to drop by during migration time.
    • Walter and Bert Williams Fishing Pier – This is a great pier where you can spend an afternoon enjoying the beautiful sunset. Here you have a clear view of the city’s waterfront and is an easy walk towards the restaurants and shopping boutiques.
    • Check out the neighboring cities – Gulfport is at the tip of St. Petersburg, facing Tampa. It is easy to go around if you have your own car, or you can take public transportation that is typically available all day.

    Getting There

    The nearest big airport is in Tampa Florida about 30 minutes away. The best and easiest way to get to town is through Interstate 275 and Exit 19. Drive on 22nd Avenue S towards the heart of downtown Gulfport.  

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