Visit Pensacola invites travelers to escape to sand, sun and relaxation with these special winter deals - December 15 to March 31 - on Florida’s Best Beach


PENSACOLA, FLA. (December 13, 2016) — If your mood is as cold and gloomy as the scene outside your window right now, don’t worry. You’re in good company. And Visit Pensacola is here to help. Visit Pensacola invites travelers to “Escape” the winter woes by heading south to the Gulf of Mexico for warmth, sunshine and fresh seafood.

Tucked away on the coast of Northwest Florida lies Pensacola. The area is home to Gulf Islands National Seashore – winner of Florida’s Best Beach in a USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice poll. The pristine seashore spans miles of powdery, quartz-sand beaches and turquoise water, and includes Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.

Its breathtaking beauty, historic charm and well-preserved natural environment are just a few reasons why this national park also ranked as the Best East Coast Beach in 2016 and No. 2 in USA TODAY’s 10Best Naturally Preserved Shorelines in the country. 

The seashore and the surrounding Pensacola Bay Area offer the perfect winter backdrop for outdoor activities and relaxation, with average highs in the low- to mid- 60s in January and February and a warmer 70 degrees in March.

Winter visitors often take to the gulf for kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing. It’s also a great time of year to book a Gulf charter for deep-sea fishing, have a relaxing afternoon casting from shore, or get face-to-face with some of the area’s most popular beach residents on a dolphin tour or a migratory-bird-watching hike.

In addition to its sugar-white beaches, Pensacola is renowned for its unique brand of coastal cuisine, which draws on the city’s colonial roots and proximity to the teeming fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico.

Whether you desire an elegant waterfront restaurant, a laid-back beach bar, downtown dining, or something in-between, Pensacola is just the place to satisfy any seafood craving. Because of the area’s rich history, you’ll be able to find everything from French flavors and Spanish savors to southern Cajun cooking. 

Visitors can stay in a cozy beach cottage, a luxury condo or a hip downtown hotel within walking distance of great shopping and dining options – the options are limitless. Winter is among the best time to book a stay in the Pensacola Bay Area, with wide-open beaches and the best rates of the year. 

For more information on the Winter Escape Savings Program and for special winter deals, click here. For information on upcoming events in the Pensacola Bay Area, visit or call 1-800-328-0107. 

Visit Pensacola is the destination management organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 450 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.