Pensacola Beach

Travel Guide

White-sand beaches, watersports and a consistently mild climate make Pensacola Beach in Florida a magnet for people looking to relax.

Pensacola Beach is a community on Santa Rosa Island in the state of Florida. You’ll find this beach epitomizes Florida’s “Sunshine State” nickname, with its beautiful weather, stunning beaches and friendly locals.

After being hit hard by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the city has returned to normal and coming to Pensacola Beach for vacation is as good as ever. Pay a small fee to walk along the pier and watch the local fishermen at work or go snorkeling with the family in the calm waters.

Across Via De Luna Drive is Quietwater Beach Road. This lively boulevard is home to street performers, restaurants and nightclubs, and cultural events are held here throughout the year. Among them is Bamboo Willie’s Jamaican Festival. It’s held at the end of summer and is famous for its bathtub races.

Learn about the history of the area during a free ranger tour at Fort Pickens. While here, check out the 10-foot (3-meter) tall concrete Island Cross. Erected in 1959 by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, it remains unscathed despite numerous violent hurricanes.

Away from the beach, golfers will appreciate the range of international-class courses. Tiger Point Golf Club is situated just across Pensacola Beach Boulevard in Gulf Breeze. The Pensacola Open, which was part of the PGA Tour until 1988, was played here.

The cuisine of Pensacola is characterized by its oceanfront location. Sample oysters, crab and shrimp caught in the Gulf of Mexico and brought directly to your plate. Make sure to try a Bushwacker: This rum, coffee and chocolate cocktail was first served here in 1975 and has inspired the yearly Bushwacker Festival in August.

The tollroad Pensacola Beach Boulevard connects the city to Gulf Breeze on the mainland and there is plenty of free parking in the lots near the two main avenues: Fort Pickens Road to the west, and Via De Luna Drive to the east. You can easily see the main attractions on foot. Alternatively, rent a bike or jump on the free trolley, which operates in the high season.

Surf & Sand Hotel
Surf & Sand Hotel
2 out of 5
40 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is $96 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 18
Offering direct access to the beach, this Pensacola Beach hotel is in the city center, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Pensacola Beach Pier, and within 9 mi (15 km) of ...
3.6/5 Good! (1,593 reviews)
"Room was clean. Staff are friendly and helpful. The pool area and fire pit area always clean. Loved the small private beach. Close to everything. We enjoyed our stay, and extended an extra day."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

Surf & Sand Hotel
Hilton Pensacola Beach
Hilton Pensacola Beach
4 out of 5
12 Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is $127 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Located in Pensacola Beach, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Casino Beach, Portofino Boardwalk, and Pensacola Beach ...
4/5 Very Good! (964 reviews)
"Location was great. We were able to walk to restaurants and activities. Access to the beach was direct and convenient. We had breakfast and lunch at H2O and the food was great. We had a room with a balcony and the views were the best at sunrise and sunset."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2021

Hilton Pensacola Beach
Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
2.5 out of 5
2 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is $129 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Nestled on the beach, this Plaza Primera hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Casino Beach and Portofino Boardwalk. Opal Beach and Pensacola Beach Pier are also ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,091 reviews)
"The only negative was the lighting in the bathroom. Everything else was excellent."

Reviewed on Oct 9, 2021

Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
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Portofino Island Resort
Portofino Island Resort
4 out of 5
10 Portofino Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is $254 per night from Nov 15 to Nov 15
Nestled on the beach, this Pensacola Beach aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Woodland Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and Pensacola Civic Center. Pensacola ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (474 reviews)
"Stay was nice food and service was excellent very friendly staff. Beach was wonderful. All 4 of us had messages at the spa and they were great."

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Portofino Island Resort
Cute, Beachy Decorated Condo - Steps to the Bay
Cute, Beachy Decorated Condo - Steps to the Bay
Pensacola Beach, FL
Situated by the sea, this condo building is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Park West On-Leash Dog Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Casino Beach and Pensacola Beach Pier. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Great location
"Everything was perfect. Our condo was very clean. Nice view of the water."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Cute, Beachy Decorated Condo - Steps to the Bay
Luxury Catamaran Boat at Anchor in Pensacola Beach/Little Sabine
Luxury Catamaran Boat at Anchor in Pensacola Beach/Little Sabine
Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is $500 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Situated in Pensacola Beach, this romantic houseboat is within a 10-minute walk of Portofino Boardwalk and Pensacola Beach Pier. Casino Beach and Opal Beach ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Whimsical Wedding
"We had immediate responses to all of our needs and wants. Our son’s wedding was made memorable by the unique setting and comfortable amenities."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Luxury Catamaran Boat at Anchor in Pensacola Beach/Little Sabine
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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