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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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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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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
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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 Gulf Pier
Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks; Piers & Boardwalks; Beaches
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Pensacola Beach Trolley
Attraction type: Tramways; Bus Tours
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All places to eat » Places to eat

The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach
The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Steakhouse, American, Seafood
Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Native Cafe
Native Cafe
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Cafe
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Red Fish Blue Fish Restaurant
Red Fish Blue Fish Restaurant
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Flounder's Chowder House
Flounder's Chowder House
Price:
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Soups, Bar, Pub
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Peg Leg Pete's
Peg Leg Pete's
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach
3.0 of 5
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach
$112 - $395
Ranked #4 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
$120 - $310
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Fort Pickens Campground
Fort Pickens Campground
$20

All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
2.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
$151 - $379
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Margaritaville Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
$243 - $390
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach
3.0 of 5
SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach
$153 - $345
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Portofino Island Resort
4.0 of 5
Portofino Island Resort
$289 - $878
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
$407 - $1,032
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