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Old 03-27-2019, 09:06 AM
 
Location: South Tampa, Maui, Paris
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I know you love Gulfport and it's a cute town, but this does not fit the OPs requirements. Gulfport is tiny like a village (12,000 ppl) and not a tourist destination. It's fine for retirees but not a 20 something who is looking for place with a LOT of restaurants. I have been to Gulfport and to me there was not very much there. It cannot begin to compete with Sarasota or St. Pete (or Tampa) in that regard.

Yup, what she said!
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Go by Salty's or O'Maddys any night of the week and you will see that Gulfport is not a retiree town. Far from it!
This. O'Maddys is our favorite hangout in Pinellas, and it's a very broad cross-section of everyone - that's part of its appeal. The food is great, the staff is mostly young and energetic (and do quite well) and you're likely to be surrounded by everything from bikers to millennials to lesbian couples with their dogs.

We're crazy about the place.
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Old 03-31-2019, 08:17 AM
 
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I know you love Gulfport and it's a cute town, but this does not fit the OPs requirements. Gulfport is tiny like a village (12,000 ppl) and not a tourist destination. It's fine for retirees e. It cannot begin to compete with Sarasota or St. Pete (or Tampa) in that regard.

OP is not looking to "live in" a tourist destination. Op wants to be near a quick commute to a large number of touristy mom and pops restaurants. So tampa is not it. Where in sarasota would you suggest that the op can by a house for 300K and be in a quick commute to a large number of touristy mom and pops?
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Old 03-31-2019, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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OP is not looking to "live in" a tourist destination. Op wants to be near a quick commute to a large number of touristy mom and pops restaurants. So tampa is not it. Where in sarasota would you suggest that the op can by a house for 300K and be in a quick commute to a large number of touristy mom and pops?
I really think Gulfport/Pasadena is a great spot for what they're looking for. Quick access to both Downtown St. Pete and Gulf Blvd along the coast. There are many good independent mom and pops in St. Pete Beach alone.

It took us an hour to get seated at the Frog Pond for breakfast on a Sunday last Fall as one example, and it was worth it.
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Old 04-02-2019, 02:56 PM
 
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It took us an hour to get seated at the Frog Pond for breakfast on a Sunday last Fall as one example, and it was worth it.



Frog Pond is good, but when we stay at beach Beverly's La Croisette across the street is our go to.
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Old 04-03-2019, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Frog Pond is good, but when we stay at beach Beverly's La Croisette across the street is our go to.
Great, thanks for the tip! We'll check it out next visit.
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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I know you love Gulfport and it's a cute town, but this does not fit the OPs requirements. Gulfport is tiny like a village (12,000 ppl) and not a tourist destination. It's fine for retirees but not a 20 something who is looking for place with a LOT of restaurants. I have been to Gulfport and to me there was not very much there. It cannot begin to compete with Sarasota or St. Pete (or Tampa) in that regard.
I really never understand these sort of comments. They make it sound like Gulfport is some remote off the beaten path in Maine. When family or friends visit and stay on the beach we often make the long trip 3 or 5 miles to the isolated village of Gulfport (sarcasm), sometimes we even make the long, tiring, dangerous run all the way to downtown St Pete for food! I know its very far but our cars can somehow navigate the 15 miles that takes a half hour during most peak times. Why sometimes I get real adventurous and make the trip from Pinellas Point across the skyway to enjoy Sarasota or north over the Frankland to dine iin Tampa.
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:27 PM
 
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I lived in Ozona in my 20's. Way up in Palm Harbor. Bands used to play at the Casino in Gulfport, we had no trouble getting there along with folks from Tampa, and tourist.
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Old 04-04-2019, 04:30 PM
 
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this. O'maddys is our favorite hangout in pinellas, and it's a very broad cross-section of everyone - that's part of its appeal. The food is great, the staff is mostly young and energetic (and do quite well) and you're likely to be surrounded by everything from bikers to millennials to lesbian couples with their dogs.

We're crazy about the place.
hear, hear!!
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:57 PM
 
Location: USA
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This thread brought back memories when I visited Tampa/Clearwater often.

A few trips to restaurants in Ybor. Are the restaurants still there? Good? Safe area? Thanks.


I also liked Bahama Breeze on the Tampa-Clearwater causeway when heading out or back from Cruises.
I may need to revisit Tampa next year for Spring Baseball, MLB games. I think NFL has a team there. Not a big sports fan but I like to see a game or two again someday.
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