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“Great area for sightseeing, birding, swimming, and fishing.”

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Florida District
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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.
Okeechobee, Florida, United States
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great area for sightseeing, birding, swimming, and fishing.”
Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in national campground. While isolated area shopping and restaraunts (many) were fairly close. Beaches were great with the white sandy dunes. Handicapped area enabled us to get to the beach on a short boardwalk. Stayed 3 days and would return again. Only problem for us no dogs allowed on beach.

Visited May 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“beautiful”
Reviewed May 13, 2013

A long stretch of white sand, places to sit, BBQ, and life guards all make this a nearly perfect beach!

Visited May 2013
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Arkansas
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155 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

If you have a chance drive this road between Pensacola and Navarre Beach. It's such a beautiful piece of America. White sand emerald green water right out the window. Warning don't park in the sand - saw several wreckers making money and don't speed 20 mph - park rangers are watching you.

Visited May 2013
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Tallahassee, FL
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57 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Another Five-Star Review”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

Look at the three-star reviews, and most of them should have been five stars anyway.

This is a legitimate five-star location. There is no room for improvement on the National Seashore (unless you really need a hotel/bar/restaurant/sewer hookup/crowds or whatever). The water is truly gorgeous, the sand is as soft/squeaky/snow white as everyone says, and it's always nearly deserted.

I've been to beaches across the Caribbean and the US. The best of the best (think top one percent) Caribbean beaches surpass this place, but only because of the mountain scenery. You will never find a beach that's even in the same ballpark as the National Seashore without taking a very long flight. This is a place that makes Miamians hang their heads in shame.

The only thing I should clarify: There are plenty of areas with no admission fee. The entire stretch between Navarre and Pensacola Beach is free, and also the stretch out towards Fort Pickens before you enter the park. If you cross the bridge from Pensacola, that'll set you back a buck. Cross onto the Island at Navarre if that dollar is going to make or break your decision.

The dollar toll should not make or break your decision. Pay the buck and see why this mere beach is in the same class as Yellowstone.

Visited May 2013
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Hot Springs
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90 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Absolutely Beautiful!”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

The drive out along the peninsula is great. Several spots along the way to pull off and walk around and get sand between your toes. Tent camping is allowed in certain places. There are large pavilions and restrooms near the main entrance. The beach is clean and relaxing. There are walking trails through the marsh area and along the beach on the north side of the peninsula. Saw lots of families riding bikes, flying kites, and strolling along collecting shells. We timed it so that we saw a beautiful sunset while walking along the water's edge. Peaceful and relaxing in early April, but I'm sure the place is very busy during the summer.

Visited April 2013
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