I have visited this beach many times and without doubt my favorite hotel to stay at is the Hamton Inn at 2 via DeLuna. The location is unbeatable and the prices are great! I would recommend a waterfront view of the gulf. The hotel has two swimming pools right out back with a fantastic Tiki Hut poolside bar. Step out of the pool area and you are right on the beach. You are within short walking distance from several great restaurants worth checking out. Crabs We Got'em has a great on the beach atmosphere and great food, The Dock has a great on the beach atmosphere but while the food is good it isn't anything to write home about, Flounders has a great beach style atmosphere and the food is absolutely fantastic....I highly recommend the flounder stuffed flounder. You are also right next to the best Putt Putt coarse I've ever been to, and an arcade. You're also next to the sidelines Sports bar. You are also within walking distance to several outfitter stores and the famous Pensacola pier where you can enjoy a stroll or fishing (rental poles etc are available). You are also within walking distance of the Quiet Water Beach Boardwalk and you are a very short drive from a lot of recreational activities. Once visiting the restaurants listed above I would recommend taking a very short drive to Peg Leg Pete's restaurant.