Here's a quick guide for maximizing your time at Pensacola Beach.
Step 1: Rent Your Ideal Beach House
When it comes right down to it, your lodging can make or break a vacation. When you go to Pensacola Beach, skip the hotel and head straight for a beach house rental, which will give you unparalleled privacy and space, along with the conveniences and comforts of home. It will also put you right on the beach, so your next water or sand adventure is never far away.
Step 2: Get to the Beach
If you choose to travel by plane, you can likely get a flight directly to the Pensacola International Airport, which is only about 10 minutes from the beach. As fast as you possibly can, get those toes buried in the award-winning sugar-white sand of Casino Beach, Park East, Fort Pickens Gate park, or Quietwater Beach. You won't regret making this your first stop on the way from the airport. The pristine sand and breathtaking emerald Gulf waters are waiting to make this the perfect vacation.
Step 3: Find Your Ocean Zen
It's all about the ocean and the beach in this community. Pensacola Beach is one of TripAdvisor's top 25 beach destinations in the US, with endless opportunities for swimming, surfing, diving, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding. If there is a water activity you can dream up, you can likely find a shop or service at Pensacola beach to help you make it happen. Grab your towel and leave the beach house behind as you seek out your favorite coastal pastime. Casino Beach is named after the casino that once stood there. Now it has restaurants and family entertainment areas throughout. If you are looking for a family-friendly spot for a day or evening out, Casino Beach is a great choice.
For the fisherman, Pensacola Beach offers a wide range of fishing options, from charter boat tours to beach- and pier-side fishing spots. The Pensacola Fishing Pier and Observation Post offers 1,471 feet of fishing opportunities, straight out into the Gulf. The fishing is good year-round, so you are likely to land yourself some dinner that you can prepare in your beach house rental's kitchen.
Dolphin sightings are very common in these waters, and visitors to Pensacola Beach consider a dolphin tour a can't-miss activity. Bottlenose dolphins are naturally curious, and often come right up to boats. Gulf cruises are available for anything from dolphin spotting to snorkeling to paddle boarding. Jolly Sailing is a visitor favorite, since they offer a variety of tours and provide free beverages and snacks on every cruise.
If you want to learn to surf, Innerlight Surf offers surf camps and rental gear. They also rent stand-up paddle boarding equipment and kayaking equipment. Key Sailing provides equipment for Hobie sailing and parasailing, as well as waverunners, kayaks, pontoon boats, and even glass-bottom boats.
When you're done with a day of beach and water adventure, retire to your Pensacola Beach beach house to unwind. A good-night's sleep in a comfortable bed, and breakfast overlooking the ocean on an outdoor patio the next morning, are the perfect way to prepare for another day of basking in the perfection of Pensacola Beach.