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Beach and bay businesses offer sailboat rentals and charters.

Sailboats dot the horizon and catamarans skim the rippling water on Santa Rosa Sound. High above, a tandem parasail oversees the whole panorama.

We get it. You want to be a part of that. You don’t have to join a yacht club or even own a boat to enjoy the salty life. Parasail excursions, sunset sailing charters and even sailboat and catamaran lessons and rentals are all part of the downtime here in Pensacola. And you don’t have to be an expert.

Rent a catamaran. Lightweight Hobie cats are quick, nimble and a breeze to sail.

Key Sailing on Pensacola Beach offers two different catamaran sailboats available for rent on Santa Rosa Sound: a 13-foot Wave and 16-foot Getaway catamaran.

Lanier Sailing Academy - Sail Pensacola Bay!  Located in downtown Pensacola at Palafox Pier Marina.  We have 22 to  25 ft. mono-hull sailboats.  The boats are available for the 1/2 day or full day.

Portofino Island Resort offers 14-to-16-foot Hobie Cat rentals for its guests.

Marinas offer charter boats you can hop on for a quick cruise to view our popular local residents, the bottlenose dolphins.

Sunsets, Sailboats and Trimarans

Sailing lets you experience Pensacola Bay Area’s pristine waters while taking in a sunset — and oh, yes, the dolphins love sailboats too. The quiet splashing of the waves on the hull and the rippling sails lure them to glide alongside or hitch a ride on the wake.

Lanier Sailing Academy has been offering sunset sails for over 16 years.  You can enjoy a private sunset sail on our 22 - 25-foot sailboats.  We also offer shared sunset sails on our beautiful 39 foot Beneteau sailboat. 

Condor Sailing Adventures at the Palafox Pier Yacht Harbor takes guests for sunset sails aboard Dare II, a 40-foot world-class Condor racing trimaran – a sailing cat with three hulls instead of two. Dare II, one of only 21 Condors worldwide, was bred for racing in open ocean — rock-solid and quick in heaving seas. But here on Pensacola Bay, the three-hulled boat provides a comfortable, quiet two-hour cruise for sunsets, dolphin-watches, Blue Angel practices or even dinner cruises and engagements.

Sailors Sunset Sailing is one of the favorites of Pensacola. Capt. Don Sailors – yes, fitting name – is a salty local, setting sail right of the out of slips on his 36-foot Pearson. Cruises take you through Pensacola Bay. Located at Palafox Pier Yacht Harbor.

Pensacola Beach Sailing Tours Capt. Bruce Yates and his first mate, a golden retriever named Boudreaux, offer a fun to see Bottlenose up close, explore a deserted island in Pensacola Bay, snorkel, sightsee and catch and release small fish, shrimp and crabs on the sailboat, “Island Time.”

Sail the Jollydayz – Jolly Sailing offers two-hour to full-day private and shared cruises on a 34-foot Pearson out of Little Sabine Bay on Pensacola Beach. Sail, snorkel, observe dolphins and other wildlife, do some beachcombing, enjoy the sunset, paddleboard, dine, and more. Private and shared trips available year- round.

Learning to Sail

Lanier Sailing Academy and Emerald Coast Yachts offer sailing lessons for all types – from the beginner learning the craft to those who want to learn ocean sailing.

Emerald Coast Yachts, a family-owned sailing school and charter company, provides American Sailing Association-certified sailing instruction, bareboat charters and captained day sails along the Santa Rosa Sound and Pensacola Bay. Located at Sabine Marina, Pensacola Beach.

Lanier Sailing Academy ​at Palafox Pier Marina offers American Sailing Association-certification classes, including Basic KeelBoat, Basic Coastal Cruising, Bareboat Chartering, Coastal Navigation, and Advance Coastal Cruising.

Outdoor Gulf Coast offers windsurfing lessons on beautiful Santa Rosa Sound on Pensacola Beach. 

Lanier Sailing’s Buccaneer Sailing Club lets members sail away on available 22- to 25-foot boats in the Pensacola fleet. Rentals are available for qualified sailors. Captained charters take guests on sunset sails, history/ecology tours, and “Let’s Go Sailing” – a three-hour introductory lesson.

View from the Top

There is an even better way to catch air over water. Floating on a parasail above Santa Rosa Sound gives an incredible view of the island and the Gulf.

Bonifay Water Sports, Radical Rides and Key Sailing all provide parasail experiences on Pensacola Beach, operating out of the calm waters of Santa Rosa Sound.

They all use Coast Guard-certified, specialized parasail boats with landing decks designed for parasails. Today’s parasail operators use state-of-the-art equipment and must be certified.

The experience is breathtaking. Individual, tandem and even three passengers are geared up and eased out from the boat as the parasail climbs. Lines can go from up to 1,200 feet, lifting guests up to 600 feet over the water.

The passengers have two options: fly and land gently on the back of the boat or get a light dip with a controlled splash in the Sound (we definitely recommend the wet option). Check out parasailing, it’s a must-fly.

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