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Pensacola Beach is the perfect place to get away from it all, with the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. Located on narrow Santa Rosa Island, one of the longest barrier islands in the world, 22 miles of sandy beaches line the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The white sand beaches are a perfect backdrop for the clear water of the Gulf. Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, and there are plenty of snack shops nearby. It's also easy to get away from the more populated stretches of beach for a quiet stroll along the ocean's edge.Quietwater Beach Boardwalk
Across the road from the beachfront area, there are restaurants and shops lining a boardwalk that faces the Santa Rosa inlet. The small bay is shallow, and it is bordered by a narrow beach. This is a great place for families to enjoy the water and still be near restrooms and eateries.Nearby Beaches
It's worth the short drive to the Naval Aviation Museum on the mainland to see the aircraft exhibits and experience the flight simulator. Admission is free, and there are over 150 restored military aircraft and an IMAX theater.Fort Pickens
Fort Pickens is a ruined pre-Civil War fortress that was used until WWII. It is located at the Gulf Islands National Seashore at the west end of Santa Rosa Island.Pensacola Beach Pier
One of the longest piers on the Gulf of Mexico, the Pensacola Beach Pier is 1,470 feet long. It stretches beyond two sand bars and is a popular spot for viewing the sunrise and sunset.
Located on the causeway connecting Pensacola Beach with Gulf Breeze, The Grand Marlin is an upscale seafood restaurant. Dinner entrees like rib-eye steak and pan-seared swordfish run about $30 a plate. One of the popular appetizers is 'lobster fingers,' and the restaurant also serves breakfast and brunch.Bamboo Willie's Beachside Bar
Across the street from the beach, Bamboo Willie's offers ten different kinds of frozen daiquiris and an extensive specialty drink menu. The outdoor bar is just steps away from Quietwater Beach.The Wine Bar
To enjoy a glass or a bottle of wine, along with imported cheeses and bistro food, The Wine Bar is a great place to relax. If you enjoy your selections, the adjacent wine and cheese shop allows you to take some with you when you leave.The Seville Quarter
This is a downtown Pensacola venue that hosts several bars and restaurants. One of the most entertaining of the seven rooms of music is The Piano Bar and Bistro. Dueling pianos at Rosie O'Gradys will also enliven your evening, along with an interactive show.
During the summer months, temperatures at Pensacola Beach hover in the high 80s. It can get a bit nippy in the fall and winter, with ocean breezes increasing the chill when temperatures dip into the 50s and 60s. In the summer, there are occasional thunderstorms and light rain. However, there is no real rainy season.
By car, Pensacola Beach is approached by I-10 from the east and west and by FL 29 from the north. There are two causeways to cross before reaching Santa Rosa Island. The Pensacola International Airport is only thirteen miles away and it has car rental facilities. There are also taxis and shuttles available to the beach.