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Girlfriend Getaways

Sometimes the girls just need to get away from it all—desktops, drudgery, dirty dishes and dudes. There’s nothing like a girls-only weekend getaway or vacation to relax, recharge and have fun. Whatever the reason for your trip—bachelorette party, female family reunion, reconnecting with old friends, or just a fabulous beach vacation with your BFF—and whatever you enjoy most, the Pensacola Bay Area is the perfect relaxed setting with plenty of fun to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Shop Till You Drop

Whether you want to give your wallet a workout or just window shop, Pensacola’s historic downtown features an eclectic mix of specialty shops, eateries, art galleries and more. Shop for gourmet foods, fine imported goods, unique home furnishings, work from local potters, painters and glass artists, chic designer clothing and hand-made jewelry. Head to Palafox Market on Saturdays for locally-grown foods, handmade crafts, homemade baked goods and more. Outside of downtown, visitors can peruse antique stores, malls and one-of-a-kind local establishments like Joe Patti’s Seafood and J.W. Renfroe Pecan Company. On Pensacola Beach, the Portofino Boardwalk offers upscale boutiques with a water view.

Girls' Night Out

Our historic downtown lights up at night with live entertainment, sidewalk dining and cocktails. The Fish House Deck Bar offers ladies night every Wednesday with $2 drink specials and live music. Seville Quarter, located in a 19th-century building, includes seven themed entertainment venues with karaoke, live music, dueling pianists and an open-air courtyard bar. Grand Marlin’s North Drop Bar offers festive drinks and live music with views of Santa Rosa Sound. Or visit Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach and indulge in a delicious Bushwacker, a ladies’ favorite featuring chocolate, rum, Kahlua and ice cream.

Indulge Yourself

Pamper yourselves with full-service spa treatments from Fusion Spa, Portofino Island Resort & Spa, Beach Club and Eden Condominiums. Take private yoga lessons on the beach, available at Portofino Island. Tantalize your taste buds with everything from flip-flop-friendly seafood joints to elegant fine dining. Or explore your own culinary skills with a cooking class at So Gourmet downtown. And for those who just want to relax, there’s always sunbathing and dolphin watching on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

Ms. Adventures

Explore the great outdoors with camping, hiking, canoeing, tubing and fishing at Big Lagoon State Park and Adventures Unlimited. Catch a wave of fun with jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, zip lining and more. Book a sailing trip, dolphin cruise or stand-up paddleboarding lesson. Charter a boat for some big-game or spearfishing or check out Fishin’ Chix’s annual women’s fishing tournaments. Go snorkeling or scuba diving to explore sea life, shipwrecks and coral reefs, including the world’s largest artificial reef on the retired aircraft carrier USS Oriskany.