- My age:
- I am 18
- What is my sex:
- I prefer to drink:
- What is my hobbies:
- In my spare time I love surfing the net
- I like piercing:
- I don't have piercings
Jun I stumbled upon Gulfport the first time by happenstance while in nearby St. Before I knew it, I heard the story of how the two met many years ago. I heard about their unlikely courtship and how they fell in love.
I heard about how they served our country, but struggled to keep their relationship a secret during their time in the military. I heard about how the two had remained a couple over the years and grew old together. As the tale of their extraordinary lives was told me, their impenetrable bond became apparent. I was enthralled with their story, courage and vivaciousness. The proud veterans are a biracial gay couple.
They spent many years overcoming the hurdles of being together — back then, their love was taboo in most every way, but not anymore. And, not in the city they call home — Gulfport, Florida. Their relationship, and most any other kind, is celebrated by the supportive and open-minded community in Gulfport.
Earlier this month I grabbed my girlfriends and headed back to the city which had left such a lasting impression on me. Gulfport is located next to St. Petersburg on the St. Downtown Gulfport is comprised of a few blocks of cute restaurants, beach bars and shops. The buildings are brightly hued, the lawns and homes are ordained with art and rainbow flags are proudly flapping in the wind.
The residents of Gulfport are open-minded and accepting. They are offbeat and eccentric. But most of all, they are welcoming and warm. Had I stumbled upon a real-life hippie utopia? Other than mingling with the locals, make sure you take in everything Gulfport has to offer. It would be a crime to visit Florida and not dip your toes in the ocean.
Lucky for you, the area is a great place to get out on the water and paddleboard, kayak or Jet Ski. Charter a boat to Egmont Key for some fun in the sun and snorkeling or take the shuttle to the barrier island of Shell Key. While in Gulfport I opted for to experience a Floridian favorite — sport fishing. Specifically, sunset catch-and-release tarpon fishing. Tarpon are huge acrobatic fish that take a lot of patience, strength and skill to land.
They can reach eight feet in length and weigh up to pounds! I realized why when I looked down into the water and saw dozens of small crabs floating towards the surface. We used fishing nets to catch the crabs to use as live bait.
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After collecting enough crabs, we casted our rods and hoped that one of us novices would snag a tarpon. The massive tarpon did somersaults and barrel rolls around our boat as Captain Manning provided Terry with constant instruction and support.
Just as we thought the fish had run out of fight, a hammerhead shark grabbed a hold of it. Captain Manning estimated the hammerhead to be between 11 and 14 feet long based on the size of its dorsal fin.
Our captain got the tarpon loose from the shark and the struggle between Terry and her fish d. After about 90 minutes of non-stop action, we finally landed the feisty fish. To revive the tarpon, he held the fish upright in the water and moved it back and forth to enhance the circulation of water through its gills.
Captain Manning estimated our tarpon to be between and pounds — about the same size as Terry! Gulfport is the kind of place you intend to visit for a weekend, but end up wanting to linger much longer. The opinions and text are all mine.
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Pin It for Later! If you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments section or by sharing it with the social media links. Gulfport is one of my favourite places. This post absolutely captures the flavour of this wonderful little town!
My wife and I are relocating to Gulfport!! We will be living there full time in a few short months. We fell in love with Gulfport the first time we visited, and will soon call it home. Bye bye to the crazy pace of life in Phila.!! My wife and I are so excited about our move to Gulfport, we had matching geckos Gulfports mascot tattooed on our forearms. Life is sooo good!! I would also suggest spending more time in town besides just the waterfront area. There is flirt Madeira Beach to Gulfport than your travel article suggests.
Gulfport is on a small portion of Boga Ciega Bay that has had issues with water quality. It is about three miles from St. Pete Beach. Yes, Jenny.
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We love it heretoo! How many people are on a first name basis with their city council? The town thrives on compassion, respect, generosity, creativity, and much more.
Really enjoyed your article. Thank you very much Barbara. The last Saturday of February each year. This town is always celebrating something!
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I lived in Gulfport for 20 years and loved it. I only gave it up to move to California. You forgot to mention Wed. Plenty of dance floor and plenty of great dance partners. Our 40 year anniversary is coming up next week. You need to check out FAB Fiber when you return. Place for all kinds of amazing handcrafted art-to-wear. My wife and I moved from New York to Gulfport about two years ago.
Love It Here! Then your Too Weird! It is such a wonderful accepting cool place to live.
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There are about wild parrots in the tree in my yard as i type this! I have heard of Gulfport before but had no idea it was such an interesting place!
That water looks so beautiful — I hope that during one of my future Florida trips that I make it to Gulfport! Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. North America United States. Share 3K.