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Shop by the Bay...

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.

Gecko Ball 2014 Tix

Gecko Ball 2014 Tickets

August 23rd, 2014
6:00 to 11:00 pm
Tickets $35



The event includes a dinner buffet, cash bar, live music and dancing, costume contest, silent auctions and the live auction of artist-created geckos.


Gecko Pub Crawl 2014 Tix

August 9th, 2014
5:00 to 9:00 pm
Tickets $20



For $20.00, Pub Crawlers will be able to enjoy a beverage at six Gulfport locations, participating businesses are Beach Haus, Little Tommie’s Tiki, Mangia Gourmet, Neptune Grille, O’Maddy’s, and Salty’s of Gulfport, all located within easy walking distance in the Gulfport Waterfront Arts District.


GMA Events

Tuesday Fresh Market
July 29, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

First Friday Art Walk
August 01, 2014 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
August 05, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

7th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl
August 09, 2014 (5:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Clothing Swap
August 12, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
August 12, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Third Saturday Art Walk
August 16, 2014 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
August 19, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

6th Annual Gecko Ball
August 23, 2014 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
August 26, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

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Gulfport Merchants Association
Geckofest

Gulfport Geckofest (Street Event)

The 14th Annual GeckoFest will take place on:
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 from 10am until 10pm. 

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GeckoFest 2014 Flyer


It’s time to get your Gecko on!

The 14th Annual Geckofest will take over Gulfport’s scenic waterfront village on Saturday, August 30th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. along Beach Boulevard

Break out your best “Charleston” dance moves! Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of this year’s event.

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Connections drive Gulfport artist's winning design

Tampa Bay Times - May 8, 2014

By Diane Craig, Times Correspondent

GULFPORT — Stephen Oliver can't help himself. He sees connections everywhere. Listening to him explain how he came to design his winning sculpture for the Gulfport Casino is to peek into a creative mind that sees endless relationships between architecture, public art, culture, the environment, peace, African-American artists, the future, family and the past. Affinity, he calls it.

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Longtime GMA President Michael McCue Receives "Spirit of Gulfport" Award

Longtime GMA President Michael McCue Receives "Spirit of Gulfport" Award
Photo courtesy of Cathy Salustri, The Gabber

Michael McCue (right) receives the ‘Spirit of Gulfport’ Award from Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson during the May 6th City Council meeting. 

Mr. McCue served as President of the Gulfport Merchants Association for many years.  He still serves on the GMA Board of Directors. 

The Award is presented on special occasions to recognize Gulfport citizens who have made significant achievements in giving back to the community.

 
GULFPORT WELCOMES YOU!

SHOP, DINE, STAY & PLAY BY THE BAY… 

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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