Great little place, dog friendly, 2 blocks from a nice park and the Gulfport Marina
Submitted: April 25, 2010
Stayed: April 2010
The house was in an older neighborhood in an older town. Inside was clean and well kept. The nice enclosed backyard was just big enough for our 35 lb border collie to romp around. There is also a deck and a gas grill (get there soon - we just filled the propane tank!). Two blocks away, next to the Gulfport Marina, is a great park to walk the dog - it even had a doggie water fountain!
The Gulfport beach and downtown area is about 1 mile away - an easy drive or bike. There are many restaurants. We tried a couple: Ecco Bistro & Tapas (Beach Street) just a couple doors up from the Casino and Roman Gardens Ristorante (corner of Beach and Shore). Both allowed dogs on their sidewalk cafe - Roman Gardens even had a dedicated area for dog dinners! - and both provided a water dish for our dog. Both were good, but we went back to Roman Gardens twice and had great meals both times.
Don't miss Ted Peters Smoked Fish restaurant (Gulfport Ave east to S. Pasadena south) - great smoked fish, the best German potato salad I ever had and kickin' coleslaw.
Best individual-sized Key Lime Pie? Try Mid-Peninsula Seafood (400 49th Street South). Awesome! Also good fresh fish to cook on the grill, or have them cook it and take it home.
During the day, we'd drive to the beautiful North Beach at Fort DeSoto County Park. My wife would sun on the beach while I ran,biked or inline skated. There are enough out-and-back paved bike trails and/or bike lanes in the park and access road to make a 20 mile bike loop.
I also biked about 3 miles up 54th street to the Pinellas Trail - a 34 mile paved bike path that runs from St Petersburg to Clearwater. I headed west and north for a hour and a half out-and-back ride. Bridges went over major roads, with stop signs every mile or two for minor roads. Smooth pavement.
Both Gulfport and Fort DeSoto have dog parks.
Overall, the house was a great base camp and very pleasant for hanging out. I would recommend it, and if we were to vacation in Gulfport again, we would stay there.
Families with Young Children,
Helpful votes: 8/8
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