Welcome to Gulfport
Swing by the Gulfport Casino Ballroom and you'll notice Gulfport's welcome message to RNC delegates. That's right, although Gulfport is not hosting any of the delegations, local leaders are hoping people will spend their down time in Gulfport.
Delegations on the Beaches
Pinellas Beaches will host 9 of the 56 delegations during the GOP Convention beginning on Monday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The following Pinellas Beaches hotels will welcome delegations during the convention, the RNC Committee on Arrangements said in a news release:
- Postcard Inn: Alaska
- Tradewinds Island Resorts: California, North Mariana Islands
- Bilmar Beach Resort: Connecticut, North Dakota
- Alden Beach Resort: Guam, Nebraska
- Sirata Beach Resort: Minnesota, New Jersey
View the full list of where the 56 delegations will be staying in the story, "Five Beach Hotels Will Host RNC Delegates."
Why should delegates visit Gulfport?
Plenty more! Depending on your tastebuds Gulfport and South Pasadena have plenty of local restaurants featuring Cuban, Italian, American, Jamaican, BBQ and more! Just check out the restaurants in our directory on Gulfport Patch.
Learn some new moves at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Boulevard S. ! The ballroom offers dance lessons Monday through Thursday this week. Admission is just $7 per person.
- Mon: Ballroom Dancing at 7 p.m.
- Tue: Tango Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
- Wed: Swing Dancing with Swingtime at 6 p.m.
- Thur: Salsa Social Dance at 7 p.m.
Meet the locals at The Peninsula Inn & Spa on Thursday nights beginning at 6 p.m. There's nightly food and drink specials with a fun, friendly atmosphere in the courtyard.
On Saturday, Sept. 1 Gulfport will welcome about 30,000 people at the 12th Annual Geckofest in downtown Gulfport. From 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. dozens of vendors will line the streets and entertainers will perform on two stages on Beach Boulevard. The festival is free and family friendly. For more information check out www.geckofest.com
Cool off, lay out, or hit the sand at the Gulfport Beach on Shore Boulevard. The beach features a children's playground, volleyball courts and beautiful view of Boca Ciega Bay.
Located just west of the beach, the Gulfport Recreation Center features a track with a front row view of the bay. You can relieve some stress and work out during the sunset.
Kayak Nature Adventures offers kayak and paddleboard rentals in Gulfport. Spend some time with nature, bird watch and look for dolphins on a kayak or paddleboard in Clam Bayou and Boca Ciega Bay.
Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast is offering 10% off any stay of two nights or more.