Since Don Tristan de Luna first discovered the naturally deep waters of Pensacola Bay, our waterways have been a source of enjoyment and opportunity to those visiting this pristine Gulf Coast destination. The Pensacola area is the perfect getaway for boating; from a peaceful sunset sail to a deep sea fishing adventure.
As you plan your Gulf Coast getaway, here are just a few ways you can enjoy the coastal waters from Perdido Key to Pensacola Bay.
There’s a highway here where the traffic is always moving, and the drivers often wave at each other — using their entire arm!
It’s called the Intracoastal Waterway — the ICW — and if you are visiting the Pensacola Bay Area by boat, it’s a mostly protected waterway that connects you to so many wonderful places to dine, swim and immerse yourself in Pensacola’s coastal delights.
And yes, it’s true, burgers and bushwhackers seem to taste better when you get there by boat.
You might get a little jealous when you see those sailboats dotting the horizon, streaming along the bay in almost silence. With your feet dangling over the water, the only noise you hear is the rippling waves and the ruffling of canvas sails as they fill with air — the boat surges forward. It’s the best way to appreciate our pristine bays and waterways.
Deep sea fishing is part of the fabric of Pensacola, the unofficial Red Snapper Capital of the world. But there are so many other ways to get your fish on here, and so many beautiful, delicious fish in our Gulf, bays and waterways.
For those adrenaline junkies look no further than a jet ski adventure. Something is thrilling about gliding across the bay at high speeds, wind in your hair, and surrounded by natural beauty. Pensacola has plenty of jet ski options; from rentals to guided dolphin tours. It's like taking a motorcycle tour of paradise, but on the water.