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.