As planning for the New Year begins, we wanted to share why planning a visit to Pensacola, Fla. is the ideal way to celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day on Jan. 30, 2024. A Gulf Coast treasure, Pensacola is The Way to Beach™ – offering something for everyone looking to soak in all the sun, sights and tasty bites it has to offer. In celebration of National Plan for Vacation Day, travelers looking to visit Pensacola can explore a variety of travel deals and offers here. From winter travel to a spring break getaway, or those looking to plan ahead for a visit in summer or fall 2024, Pensacola has a variety of lodging, food, and entertainment deals available year-round.
When planning flights to the destination, Pensacola offers direct flights from major hubs like Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. Launching this November, travelers can also enjoy direct daily flights from Pensacola to LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Delta Airlines, making getting to/from the Big Apple a breeze for travelers. For those living in neighboring states such as from Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi, the destination can be traversed via road trip in five hours or less - making a sunny beach trip all the more convenient.
Upon arrival in the destination, visitors can plan to unwind at one of Pensacola’s new and revamped lodging options. Celebrating its first anniversary in Feb. 2024, Lily Hall is a 15-room boutique lodging house built from the historic Old Mount Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola's Old East Hill neighborhood. Lily Hall’s signature restaurant, Brother Fox and its attached speakeasy, Sister Hen (Pensacola’s first and only speakeasy to-date) offer inventive cocktails with innovative presentations, and unique Spanish-inspired eats. On Pensacola Beach, formerly known as Margaritaville Beach Hotel, the newly-renovated Pensacola Beach Resort reopened its doors in summer 2023. The gorgeous property overlooks more than 800 feet of emerald green waters on the Gulf Coast, giving each guest room unobstructed waterfront views. The renovated property also features a new restaurant – Windrose, and a vibrant beach bar, while maintaining beloved resort elements. Pensacola also recently welcomed Innisfree Hotels’ latest property, Fairfield Inn & Suites Pensacola Beach, offering spacious rooms with picturesque views of the Gulf’s emerald green waters just steps away from the sugar-white sand. The beachside addition also offers a healthy mix of delicious, fresh and free breakfast options for guests.
Known for endless innovative culinary experiences, visitors can enjoy their pick of fresh, new dining options including Pearl & Horn, which will open a new, larger space in downtown Pensacola this fall. Nestled into the edge of Pensacola’s Historic Downtown district, the expanded location will offer more seating, a freshly shucked oyster and seafood bar, an outdoor dining area, and more. Recently opened in August 2023, the Salty Pearl Raw Bar marries fresh seafood with innovative culinary techniques. With something for every kind of seafood lover, the Salty Pearl offers succulent oysters, seafood platters, and lobster rolls that are sure to keep customers returning for more. Vinyl Music Hall’s new food venture, Proper Burger, recently opened on Pensacola’s iconic Palafox St. and offers patrons craveable smash burgers and fries.
For those looking for more adventure above or below the surface, visitors can enjoy outdoor activities like Pensacola’s SCUBA diving experiences or a fishing expedition to reel in a tide to table meal year-round. Visitors can also take the family to experience a closer look at history at Pensacola's Historic Village or take the fun inside at the National Naval Aviation Museum, which recently celebrated its 60th Anniversary, where the flight line behind the museum is used to view the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ practice flight demonstrations.
National Plan for Vacation Day encourages adventure and relaxation, and Pensacola is the perfect destination to do just that. If Pensacola is a fit for your coverage plans for National Plan for Vacation Day in 2024, or if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.