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Considered to be 'Florida’s First Beach', not only geographically from the northwest, but as the nation's first settlement, the Pensacola Bay Area has long been known for its pristine sugar-white sand beaches, which stretch more than 52 miles along the Gulf of Mexico.

This year, USA Today readers named Gulf Islands National Seashore Florida's #1 Beach and Trip Advisor ranked Pensacola Beach #5 in the top US beaches, testament to the beauty of this area!

With countless opportunities for beachcombing, splashing in emerald-green waters and lounging on sugar-white sands – not to mention, an average 340 days of sunshine per year – it’s no surprise beach explorers have planted their umbrellas in the sand and deemed this undiscovered corner of Florida their very own piece of paradise.

Not only can you lay or play on some of the whitest beaches in the world, but you can also dive to the depths of the areas emerald-green waters for unparalleled underwater adventures. Paddle board through Perdido Key, or parasail over Pensacola Beach.

Dine at award-winning restaurants, and dance the night away at one of the many hotspots that line Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola, which was actually named one of the '10 Great Streets in America' by the American Planning Association!

Wander through museums and art galleries, and delve into over 450 years of history. Catch a homerun ball at the beautiful, bayfront ballpark, or catch the wind in your sails, as dolphins swim alongside you in picturesque Pensacola Bay.

There is a reason why the Pensacola Bay Area has been loved by explorers since 1559. Consider this your official invitation to discover the holiday of a lifetime.

Sightseeing & Tours

  • Emerald Coast Tours – Explore downtown Pensacola on a Segway. Learn about Pensacola’s storied past, or take a Ghosts, Murders and Mayhem tour... if you dare. Payable locally from £49pp.
  • Condor Sailing Adventures – Sail through picturesque Pensacola Bay on the Dare II. Only 21 of these racing trimarans exist, but only in Pensacola can you ride one recreationally. Come sail away! Payable locally from £49pp.

Top 5 Experiences

  • With the southern, Spanish and Cajun influences, and easy access to incredible gulf coast seafood, our cuisine could potentially decide your itinerary. Don’t miss the 31st Annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival in May, Taste of the Beach or the 38th Annual Pensacola Seafood Festival, both taking place in September.
  • Dive to the depths of the emerald-green waters and explore the Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Dive Trail, including the largest artificial reef in the world, the U.S.S. Oriskany.
  • Looking for a dive that requires much less skill? Visit the famous Flora-Bama Lounge on Perdido Key or the Landshark Landing at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach. Both were named two of the world’s best beach bars by CNN in 2013.
  • Aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, climb to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum for breathtaking views of Pensacola Pass AND to get up-close-and-personal with the Blue Angels during their twice-weekly practice shows. Then, explore the National Naval Aviation Museum, the largest of its kind in the world.
  • Discover Historic Pensacola Village, where 27 properties are listed on the National Historic Register.

Key Attractions

  • Perdido Key
  • Pensicola Beach
  • Palafox Street
  • Fort Pickens
  • Fort Barrancas