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Shop by the Bay...

A colorful collection of small, independent shops, boutiques and galleries in our walkable village, offering the kind of friendly service and unique items you won’t find in chains and malls.

Dine by the Bay...

Dine by the Bay...

Amazing choices from over a dozen restaurants within a few walkable village blocks. Choices in all price-ranges and a wide variety of cuisines, from Chicago hot dogs to fine French dining.

Play by the Bay...

Play by the Bay...

Events galore!: live music venues, weekly Fresh Markets, twice-monthly Art Walks, annual street festivals. There’s always something going on in Gulfport!

Stay by the Bay...

Stay by the Bay...

Our accommodations are charming, quaint and individualized to your needs. No chains, just gracious hospitality from your small-town hosts.

Quote of the Week

Michael and Jeff

"We moved here eight years ago and now have a big group of close friends. With friendships and friendly people like these, we couldn't have chosen a better town. There's no place like Gulfport!" - Michael & Jeff

GMA Events

Tuesday Fresh Market
March 31, 2015 (9:00 am)
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First Friday Art Walk
April 03, 2015 (6:00 pm)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
April 07, 2015 (9:00 am)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
April 14, 2015 (9:00 am)
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Third Saturday Art Walk
April 18, 2015 (6:00 pm)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
April 21, 2015 (9:00 am)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
April 28, 2015 (9:00 am)
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First Friday Art Walk
May 01, 2015 (6:00 pm)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
May 05, 2015 (9:00 am)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
May 12, 2015 (9:00 am)
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"Our Village is Your Village"

Upcoming events:

Nautical Flea Market
Saturday, March 21 - 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

2nd Annual Bark-B-Q
Animal Rescue Fundraiser
Saturday, March 21 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Third Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, March 21, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Fresh Market: Tuesdays
March 24 and 31, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

A-Class Catamaran Regatta
Admiral Hall Cup
Friday - Sunday, March 27-29


Live Music
Over 10 live entertainment venues in our Waterfront Village

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Gulfport Merchants Association
Call to Artists Announced for Creation of Geckos

March 17, 2015:  For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086


GULFPORT, FLORIDA:  The committee producing Gulfport’s 7th Annual Gecko Ball has announced a call to artists for the creation of larger-than-life geckos to be auctioned during the event on August 29th. 

The live auction of artist-created geckos has become a much-anticipated Gecko Ball tradition.  Seven artists will be chosen to create geckos for the Ball this year.

Geckos may be created from any material(s) but the format must be a three-dimensional or sculptural piece within the range of two to four feet in length. 

Steel forms that have been used as a starting point for all geckos in previous years are still available to any of the artists chosen if they wish to incorporate the steel form into their gecko creation.  Use of the steel form is no longer required.  Artists should clearly state that the gecko they create is either intended for indoor display only or suitable for display in outdoor weather conditions.  Except for steel forms, artists are responsible for purchasing any materials needed to create their designs.  Selected artists must complete their geckos no later than June 15th. 

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Bark-B-Que to Benefit Gulfport’s Get Rescued

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 11, 2015


Who: Gulfport Merchant’s Association
What: Bark-B-Que to Benefit Gulfport’s Get Rescued
When: March 21, 2015; 10am to 5pm
Where: 5413 Shore Blvd. South, Gulfport, FL 33707


GULFPORT, FL: The 2nd annual Bark-B-Que has been reorganized and will take place on March 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM.  The fundraising event was rescheduled in response to the call from the community after the 11th annual Gulfport’s Get Rescued closed early because of inclement weather.


Hamburgers, hot dogs and “Doggie Daiquiris” are on the menu. A donation of $5.00 will get you a burger, a bag of chips and a soda, or two hotdogs, a bag of chips and a soda.  All-natural frozen treats for the pups and Jell-O shots for fur-parents will be available for $2.00.  We’ll have your sweet tooth covered as well, with a wide variety of goodies available at the Bake Sale. 


A “Pick-A-Prize” raffle and a silent auction with a wonderful selection of items from our very generous donors will benefit rescue groups who participated in the February 28 event. 


Animal rescue groups will offer pet education and adoptions, and pet-related vendors, artists and crafters will be on hand to offer their wares to event-goers.


The Bark-B-Que is sponsored by Salty’s, Stella’s Deli, O’Maddy’s and The Tampa Bay Adventures Meet Up group. Bring your fur-babies and check out Salty’s digs at 5413 Shore Blvd. Well behaved pets and their leashed people are welcome! The event is free for the public to attend, with plenty of free parking in and around the area.


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We’ve been called funky, eclectic, artsy, charming, progressive, welcoming, warm, and yes, even weird.

We’ve been called funky, eclectic, artsy, charming, progressive, welcoming, warm, and yes, even weird. 

We are a small town, but we have a big heart.  It’s easy to make yourself at home here.  Visit us and we think you’ll agree.

All of the businesses in our waterfront village are independently owned and operated.

All of the businesses in our waterfront village are independently owned and operated. 

No chain stores here. No parking meters.  Just small-town warmth and people as friendly and welcoming as they come.  Our village offers the best of “Old Florida” charm.  Picture old oaks draped in Spanish moss, brick-paved streets, small colorful cottages, and light shimmering on the Bay.

Picture old oaks draped in Spanish moss, brick-paved streets, small colorful cottages, and light shimmering on the Bay.

Beach and Shore Boulevards are at the heart of our historic downtown area, situated on scenic Boca Ciega Bay.

Unique, independent shops and boutiques offer the work of local artists as well as apparel, books, gifts, home décor, antiques, bath, body and wellness products and much more.  Many choices are available to pamper yourself while you visit: spas, salons, skin care, massage therapy and more are available. 

Isabelle's at the Peninsula Inn

A concentration of more than a dozen restaurants in the village has made Gulfport a premier dining destination. 

A wide variety of foods in all price ranges is represented within just a few blocks, from sandwiches and burgers to fine dining.  Live entertainment is featured in several locations throughout the week.

Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast

Overnight accommodations in the village are also of the unique variety, offered by two independent venues with great attention to Gulfport-style hospitality. 

Individually furnished rooms and suites are offered with their own identity, such as the Marrakech or Serengeti at the Peninsula Inn, and the Jamaica or Aruba at the Sea Breeze Manor.  Some locals also offer cottages or guest apartments for rent on an independent basis.

There’s always something going on here.

There’s always something going on here. 

Visit a selection of artists and crafters, from breathtaking to funky, on the first Friday and third Saturday of each month for our popular Art Walk. Beach Boulevard’s trees are lit up, shops and restaurants are open late, visitors and locals mingle on the street, and that “only-in-Gulfport” energy ebbs high. 

Our Tuesday Fresh Market days happen each week throughout the year

Our Tuesday Fresh Market days happen each week throughout the year, offering fresh fruits and veggies, breads, cheese, seafood, honey, plants and more of the best of what local vendors have to offer. 

It’s a chance to find food for your body and community spirit for your soul.  Special events throughout the year offer a chance to celebrate and mingle:  our Get Rescued event is an animal rescue street festival in our very dog-loving town; Spring Fest celebrates the change of seasons; the Pink Flamingo home tour unlocks surprises in a selection of local homes; the July 4th Celebration is a homespun event that surprises with its world-class fireworks display; and Gecko Fest is the grand-daddy of our festivals, luring thousands of visitors to Beach Blvd. to celebrate the end of summer in a fun-loving salute to our favorite lizard.  (Remember the weird part?)  Sprinkle liberally with smaller events: open mike night at the Art Village Courtyard, Swing dance night at the Casino, first Friday drum circles and more.  Add your own energy to the mix.

Gulfport is a beach town.

Gulfport is a beach town. 

Our beach, overlooking Boca Ciega Bay, features white sand and calm waters.  Picnicking, volleyball, kid’s areas, bocce ball and more are favorite pastimes here. 

Williams Pier is a favored fishing spot

Williams Pier is a favored fishing spot. 

Our Clam Bayou Nature Park is a living/breathing estuary full of bird, marine and plant life, and is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Visit Clam Bayou by canoe or kayak, or stroll along walking paths and overlooks.  The simple fun of a stroll through Gulfport’s brick-paved streets is one of the best ways to enjoy the local color of cottages, gardens and people.  Our historic Casino, on the waterfront, offers events and dancing most every night of the week, and is available for your event.  Catherine Hickman Theater hosts popular local and touring productions of plays, musical performances and more. 

Gulfport is conveniently located to many other destinations in the area.

Gulfport is conveniently located to many other destinations in the area. 

Gulf Beaches and downtown St. Petersburg are minutes away.  You can travel to Tampa, Ybor City and Busch Gardens in a half-hour, and a drive to or from Orlando is about two hours.




The Gulfport Merchants Association proudly represents local businesses, non-profits and other groups in the Waterfront District. 

We meet on the first Monday of each month at locations throughout town.  If you are a business owner or think you might like to open for business in Gulfport, let us know.  We will be here to support you.

Beach and Shore Boulevards are at the heart of our historic downtown area, situated on scenic Boca Ciega Bay.

Come here tired and get revived. 

Come here scorned and be accepted. 

Come here misunderstood and find others like you. 

Come here rushed and get laid-back. 

Come here alone and make friends. 

Come here happy and stay here happy.

 

Gulfport Art Walk

Gulfport Art Walk in beautiful Gulfport, Florida

Every First Friday and Third Saturday

6:00 pm until 10:00 pm

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Tuesday Fresh Market

Tuesday Fresh Market in Gulfport Florida

Weekly, Year Round, Every Tuesday

9:00 am until 3:00 pm

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Gulfport Geckofest

Geckofest 2009

Saturday, Labor Day Weeekend!

10:00 am until 10:00 pm

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