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Gulf Islands National Seashore - Florida District

Highway 399 Rd, East and West, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
(850) 934-2600
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming, Camping
Owner description: This 150-mile stretch of seashore, which runs from Cat Island in Mississippi to Santa Rosa Island in Florida, offers sparkling blue water and many... more » Owner description: This 150-mile stretch of seashore, which runs from Cat Island in Mississippi to Santa Rosa Island in Florida, offers sparkling blue water and many beautiful beaches along the way. « less
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Dayton, Ohio
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The water at Pensacola Beach is some of the clearest, most gorgeous aqua-colored water you have ever seen. The sand is white and soft, and the water very warm. I enjoyed snorkeling for hours and found many beautiful shells, from lightening whelks to the plentiful and beautiful olive shells. I will certainly return to vacation there.

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Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The state has done a great job of protecting this area. It is very pretty, on both ends of the island. Didn't stop, but was a very pleasant drive.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful beach's you could ever visit. If white sand and clear blue water are your thing this play will not disappoint. There are miles of beach and maybe 20 people on the 4 mile strech we were on it is as though you are on your own private beach. We have visited the Gulf... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Want the real Gulf of Mexico beach experience? This scenic water/sand and shells beach is far better than the man-machine pumped "no" shells sand-filled and people covered Pensacola Beach alternative.

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Pleasanton, CA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore are incredible. Ice white sands, no crowds (in mid-August), all for $8 for 7 days. So worth the small fee. Fort Pickens is a photographers dream. A real slice of Civil War and WWII history- beaches and fort included in 7 day entry fee. We visited the fort twice! The park rangers... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The beach is beautifu and fairly quiet. It is much more natural than all of the hotel lined beachfront you see everywhere else. Go visit Fort Pickens while you are here.

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s.ohio
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tip watch speed limit bird nesting. Camping area looked nice. Visit the Fort too. Park opens at 8 AM. There is a fee. There is a web site for this area

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Starkville, Mississippi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We love the gorgeous white sand beaches and there are great attractions and food close by. We have been several times and have been extremely happy each time.

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Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This part of the Gulf is very peaceful and laid back. Not a lot of crowds and plenty of restrooms and picnic areas.

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Columbia, SC
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting the Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa and Perdido Key areas for one day each. The cost was only $8 for a seven-day vehicle pass good for all three areas. This is the perfect place to appreciate wildlife and nature. The drives alone were breathtaking, with water on both sides of the road. The speed limits... More

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