1. Sugar-white beaches and clear, emerald waters
You haven’t truly experienced Pensacola until you dig your toes into the sugar-white sand of its world-famous beaches. You can literally feel the stresses of life wash away as you float lazily in emerald-green waters along Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. The beach vibe is super chill. Come as you are and hang out with the locals at beach bars and restaurants and be sure to try Pensacola’s signature drink, the Bushwacker, a delicious chocolatey frozen cocktail. Your beach day should be stress-free and here, it is. These picture-perfect beaches are very accessible with ample, free parking. You can even leave the car behind and take a boat ride to Pensacola Beach aboard Pensacola Bay Cruises which departs from Downtown Pensacola.
2. 460+ Years of History
Pensacola is unique among beach destinations because it is a city with an old soul. Its roots date back to 1559 when Spanish conquistador Don Tristan de Luna established Pensacola as the first European settlement in North America. Over the centuries, the flags of Spain, Britain, France, the Confederacy and the United States have flown over the city. You’ll feel the sense of community pride for the diverse cultural influences that are reflected in Pensacola’s architecture, local cuisine, and festivals. Experience life in 18th and 19th centuries at Historic Pensacola Village which includes 28 properties in Downtown Pensacola. The National Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse, and Museum, and several waterfront forts are also just a short drive from the heart of the city. Or, walk in the footsteps of past soldiers while exploring the vast brick battlements and labyrinth of arched tunnels of Fort Pickens – a pre-Civil War-era fort on Pensacola Beach.