“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
This eccentric, artsy town at the south tip of St. Petersburg is beloved by nonconformists. At the outer edges of town, artists have painted their cottage homes in candy-colored hues. The city really comes to life on the waterfront, where festivals are held year-round. There's room for everyone at ample public beaches, and picnic areas and small art galleries and curio shops dot every corner. Gulfport has a vibrant gay community, and longtime local artists mingle with newly arrived retirees.