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Play on World Famous Beaches

Are you ready for a Florida beach vacation? You simply can't go wrong when it comes to choosing the perfect beach in the Pensacola Bay Area as your vacation destination. Our visitors find some of the most pristine beaches in the world along the barrier islands that are home to Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. In fact, these beaches have been ranked among the best in the country by the likes of USA Today, TripAdvisor, Dr. Beach and the Travel Channel. Most recently, in the 2018 10Best Reader's Choice awards, USA TODAY readers named Pensacola Beach Best Florida Beach and named Gulf Islands National Seashore Best Florida Attraction.

 

Beach Basics

 

Pensacola Beach

Pensacola Beach

This narrow strip of sugar-white sand features two totally different waterfront experiences. The beaches are beautiful, but that's only the beginning. 

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Perdido Key

Spanish for "lost island," Perdido Key remains a Southern sanctuary for people and wildlife. The easy pace makes it the perfect spot for a family getaway.

Sea Oats

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The longest stretch of federally protected seashore in the U.S. offers endless opportunity for solitude and relaxation and miles of unobstructed access to the Gulf of Mexico.

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Beach Cams

Check out live views of Pensacola Beach to get a sneak peek at the current conditions. 

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Where to Stay

Choose from cozy cottages, roomy family homes, luxurious condos, or hotels, many right on the Gulf of Mexico.

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In, On and Under the Water

From sunset sailing charters to paddling adventures and snorkeling trips, there are countless ways to connect to our coast.


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Things to Do at the Beach

 

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Fort Pickens

With its huge brick battlements jutting up from white dunes and its labyrinth of arched tunnels, Fort Pickens is a favorite spot among history buffs, explorers, and photographers.

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Tours and Trails

Discover a unique natural experience on the coast. The many trails make it easy to explore the beauty of the beaches, bayous, and dunes, and the teeming wildlife.

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Pensacola Beach Eco-Trail

The 8.5-mile Footprints in the Sand Eco-Trail Eco-Trail showcases the unique aspects of the Pensacola Beach’s island ecology.


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Need to Know

 

Beach Tips

A few helpful tips if you're setting out for a day at the beach

 

Kids and the Beach

A few fun ideas to get you started on an amazing and affordable kid-friendly vacation

 

Pets in Paradise

You can find ample opportunity to give your furry friends a chance to make their own paw marks in the area.


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Beach Reads

Here's a bit more detail on some beach-related topics.

 

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Sea Turtle Season

The rare wonder of watching baby sea turtles emerge from their nest and make their way to the shore is one of the most magical things you’ll ever see, and it’s all about timing.

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Beach Fun Awaits: Pack your bags and know the rules

Putting a little thought into what you bring to the beach can make your stay more enjoyable.

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Five Places to Paddle in Pensacola

Pensacola paddler shares favorite paddle-board destinations.

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My Favorite Beach Bar

All the Florida charm one could ever hope for in a beach bar, with drinks and food priced for the average Joe.

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Eco-Exploring in Pensacola

Northwest Florida offers many natural areas designated for hiking, paddling, and other eco-exploring pursuits.

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Dining with a View

The Gulf. The Sound. The Bay. These are just a few bodies of water that Pensacola loves to show off – especially over a great meal.


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Beach Happenings

Here are a few events where you might get some sand between your toes. Be sure to view our full calendar, so you don't miss a thing!