Originally named Disston City in 1884 after the previous land owner, Gulfport is a mid-sized Florida city, located within Pinellas County. The town borders Boca Ceiga Bay, where travelers can fish, kayak, hike the surrounding landscapes, and catch a glimpse of turtles and alligators basking in the summer sunshine. Clam Bayou Nature Park is a hit with Gulfport locals and travelers alike.
There are 170 well-kept acres to explore, with nature trails, water activities, picnic areas, and lots of tree-lined pathways. Or, if you would prefer a pet-friendly atmosphere, take your pup to Clymer Park. There are sidewalks everywhere, with shaded rest areas, local art installations, and wide-open fields for festivals and small events.
Beach Boulevard is the resident attraction for travelers seeking shops, restaurants, and lots of fun things to do in Gulfport. Think hippie beach town, complete with laid back vibes and a casual, breezy atmosphere. There are sidewalks lining both sides of the Boulevard, with shops and cafes on each side, from one end to the other. Bring plenty of cash to snag some homemade ice cream, a drink or two, and some beachy souvenirs.
Check out O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille on Shore Boulevard South when you work up an appetite. Their fresh-caught seafood, homemade pizzas, and massive sandwiches are sure to satisfy your cravings. Be sure to indulge in one of O’Maddy’s delicious, local white wines, like a Trimback Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.
Stay at the best hotels in Gulfport, FL!
Gulfport is a beautiful place to visit in Florida. The skies are often clear, warm, and pleasant, so travelers can roam around in the sunshine for a few hours. If you book a stay in Gulfport, check out The Historic Peninsula Inn, Sea Breeze Manor Inn, Flamingo Resort, and Days Inn St. Petersburg Central. Each of the city’s hotels feature modern amenities with all of the comforts of home. Be sure to gather your information about the area from well-researched articles on TravNow.
The Historic Peninsula Inn
The Historic Peninsula Inn on Beach Boulevard South is an old-fashioned Florida hotel that resembles an elegant bed and breakfast. One of the finest places to stay in Gulfport, TripAdvisor has dubbed the Inn a go-to for families, honeymooners, and business professionals alike.
Charming in a true southern Florida fashion, the hotel features a beautiful wrap-around porch, complete with rocking chairs—all you need is a pitcher of homemade lemonade or sweet tea.
There are 12 rooms here, each with a small kitchen, bathroom, and comfortable bedroom in a studio atmosphere. Other amenities include a dining area and main kitchen that doubles as an on-site restaurant, a bar and lounge, free parking in a private lot, and a communal living room that doubles as a lobby.
Pia’s Trattoria is an Italian restaurant that offers authentic, romantic cuisine with an upscale ambiance. Their meals are homemade with plenty of dinner options to choose from, like the ravioli and scallops, lasagna, paninis, and steamed mussels. Finish dinner with an indulgence, like homemade, chocolate-drizzled cannoli.
Sea Breeze Manor Inn
The Sea Breeze Manor Inn, located on Shore Boulevard South, offers classy accommodations with a bed and breakfast vibe. The Inn is a bit old-fashioned in décor, but updated with modern accommodations, such as renovated kitchenettes, new queen-size mattresses, and heaps of free toiletries.
The rooms are themed to represent different islands and cultures, like the Jamaica room with palm trees and exotic, tropical designs. There are 6 rooms, so this Inn is a must-book if you want to reserve the perfect hotel for your getaway.
The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, situated right down the street from the Sea Breeze, hosts hundreds of booths that feature local farmers, artisans, storytellers, and vendors of all kinds.
The Flamingo Resort
The Flamingo Resort on 34th Street South is a Florida nightlife go-to. Home to the Cabana Bar, the resort is hoppin’ at nighttime—at least outside in the party areas. The interior rooms are peaceful and far enough away that live music and laughter isn’t a problem for guests. However, if you want to join the festivities, the hotel’s Cabana Bar offers drink specials and a beachy, breezy setting where you can mingle and get to know other beach-going Florida visitors.
The resort also hosts several celebrations and festivals each year, including numerous LGBT events. More geared towards adults, the hotel offers the following amenities: a swimming pool, room service, free high-speed internet, a business center with conference and meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
The 136 room are non-smoking suites, each with a well-equipped kitchen, air conditioning systems, a clean and spacious bedroom, and a towel and toiletry stocked bathroom.
Located at the midway point between St. Petersburg and Gulfport, the hotel location offers the best of both destinations.
Take your fun and adventure to the high seas with a 4-hour ride on a Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise. Travel to Egmont Key to watch dolphins spin and twirl out of the water, explore the ruins of a tropical island’s Spanish-American War fort, and snorkel the reefs of a beautiful, thriving bay.
Days Inn St. Petersburg Central
Perfectly seated alongside 34th Street North, the Days Inn St. Petersburg Central lies on the outskirts of Gulfport with closer proximity to St. Petersburg. However, because of this ideal location, guests get the best of both cities with closeness to all kinds of awesome restaurants, shops, boutiques, and attractions.
High-ranked as an excellent hotel by numerous TripAdvisor reviewers, the Days Inn is a classic—one that brings to mind essential comforts and good customer service that you can rely on. The hotel amenities include a free breakfast for everyday of your stay, free parking spots, free high-speed internet, room service, an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, and self-serve laundry facilities.
For lunch, hit up Smiley’s Deli—a local favorite that specializes in a fusion of Latin and Caribbean cuisine. Known for quick grab-and-go lunches, the eatery is known for their pork empanadas, rice and beans, Cuban sandwiches, fried plantains, and celeb-themed sub sandwiches. If you are a fan of Al Pacino, you will appreciate the restaurant’s version of the Tony Montana and Carlito’s Picante.
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