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Pensacola Beach

“Life’s a Beach” all right on Pensacola Beach where building sandcastles, body surfing and beachcombing are popular pastimes. Away from the sands, there are several don’t miss sights for the entire family, including the National Aviation Museum, which features 150 vintage aircraft, flight simulators and an IMAX Theatre, Fort Pickens, an historic military fort built in 1829, and the Pensacola Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Gulf Coast and also the tallest, standing 151 feet tall on a 40 foot bluff. To immerse yourself in the history of Pensacola, stroll the historic village, a pedestrian-friendly area with furnished historic homes, unique museums and the Colonial Archeological Trail. For the white... more

“Life’s a Beach” all right on Pensacola Beach where building sandcastles, body surfing and beachcombing are popular pastimes. Away from the sands, there are several don’t miss sights for the entire family, including the National Aviation Museum, which features 150 vintage aircraft, flight simulators and an IMAX Theatre, Fort Pickens, an historic military fort built in 1829, and the Pensacola Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Gulf Coast and also the tallest, standing 151 feet tall on a 40 foot bluff. To immerse yourself in the history of Pensacola, stroll the historic village, a pedestrian-friendly area with furnished historic homes, unique museums and the Colonial Archeological Trail. For the white dimpled ball set, try teeing up at Lost Key Golf Club, a target golf set up designed by Arnold Palmer and Marcus Pointe Golf club, an Earl Stone design. Don’t forget, there’s also great deep-sea fishing and other water activities like sailing, kayaking, diving and snorkeling to be actively pursued on Pensacola Beach.

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Gulf Islands National Seashore - Florida District
Gulf Islands National Seashore - Florida District
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.
Attraction type: Beaches
Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach
Located on Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola Beach is a popular spot for family vacations.
Attraction type: Beaches
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Water Warrior
Water Warrior
Attraction type: Water sports
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Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens
Visitors can take a self-guided tour of this authentic fort active during the Civil War and later used as a jail to hold the infamous American Indian chief Geronimo.
Attraction type: Historic Sites
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Pensacola Beach Trolley
Attraction type: Transportation
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All places to eat » Places to eat

The Grand Marlin
The Grand Marlin
Price:
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Wild Roots
Cuisines: Vegan, Vegetarian, Healthy, Sandwiches
Cactus Flower Cafe
Cactus Flower Cafe
Cuisines: Mexican
Peg Leg Pete's
Peg Leg Pete's
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Native Cafe
Native Cafe
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Spanish
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach
2.5 of 5
SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach
$122 - $335
Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Fort Pickens Campground
Fort Pickens Campground
$20

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Hampton Inn & Suites Navarre
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Navarre
$103 - $209
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Navarre
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
$186 - $375
Ranked #1 of 10 hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
3.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
$148 - $467
Ranked #2 of 10 hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Margaritaville Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
$226 - $353
Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Pensacola Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Portofino Island Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Portofino Island Resort & Spa
$318 - $1,420
Ranked #7 of 10 hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Beach Club Resort Residence and Spa
4.5 of 5
Beach Club Resort Residence and Spa
$262 - $1,175
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.