Gulfport is an amazing beach town in that they've managed to avoid being engulfed by condos. It still has a charming, vanishing Florida authenticity to it. Once a month, they have their Gulfport Art Walk, which is more of a sidewalk craft show -- and an enchanting evening. [Link]
There are many beautiful and friendly restaurants and bars, along with boutiques and art studios.
|On the sidewalk|
The atmosphere is laid back. Lots of arts and crafts are on sale, people meander at a leisurely pace, and live music plays in the background from performers playing in front yards, insets and tents set up for the purpose.
There's a hot glass shop there, which gives workshops where you can learn to blow glass, or shop for gorgeous glass items and ornaments. Directly behind me when I took this picture, a band was playing some island tunes.
This musician was playing and singing right in front of the used bookstore (a must), next to two glowing pink flamingoes. I can recommend the Gulfport Art Walk as a guaranteed romantic evening for friends and lovers.