Pensacola Beach Wins USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore Cited to Top Three

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Pensacola, Fla. (April 6, 2018) – Visit Pensacola is pleased to share that Pensacola Beach has been recognized as USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Beach. The area boasted not one but two nominations for the contest with the Gulf Islands National Seashore coming in third place. To add to the celebration, the beaches of Northwest Florida dominated the competition with Panama City Public Beach coming in second and Navarre Beach coming in fourth.

“Once again the response from our visitors and residents show the pride we have in our nationally acclaimed beaches,” President of Visit Pensacola Steve Hayes said. “Receiving this recognition illuminates the unique experience that is Pensacola and all of the unmatched areas and activities America’s first settlement has to offer. We all benefit when one of our beaches is named one of the top destinations in the nation.”

This achievement follows 20 destination nominations from an expert panel followed by a period of public voting. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant expert contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties. Then it is up to the public to decide.

The Pensacola Experience is unique to every traveler that comes upon its shores. USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice award has also recognized Gulf Islands National Seashore as Best Florida Attraction (2018), Best East Coast Beach (2016), Best Florida Beach (2015) and Johnson Beach was voted No. 2 Best National Park Beach (2016). Travelers have endless opportunities to explore eclectic cuisine, a boisterous downtown complete with nightlife, culture, and arts, and over 450 years of history.

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About Visit Pensacola

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.