Pensacola Beach awaits: its beaches, oceanfront, sunsets, and more!

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.

Known for

Beaches, Live Music and Sea

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Where to stay in Pensacola Beach

Villa Sabine
Sunset at the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier in Pensacola, FL

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Villa Sabine

5/5(37 reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Villa Sabine, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Pensacola Beach Pier and Portofino Boardwalk.

Plaza Primera
Plaza Primera, Pensacola Beach, Florida, United States of America

Plaza Primera

4.5/5(59 reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Plaza Primera, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Pensacola Beach Pier and Portofino Boardwalk.

Toilla Segunda
Awesome spaceship house on scenic drive in to Pensacola beach
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Toilla Segunda

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Toilla Segunda and surrounding area, you can visit Pensacola Beach Pier and Portofino Boardwalk.

Top Hotels in Pensacola Beach

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Beachside Resort
Best Western Beachside Resort
2.5 out of 5
16 Via de Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL
$85
per night
Nov 17 - Nov 18

Nestled on the beach, this Pensacola Beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Portofino Boardwalk and Pensacola Beach Pier. Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve ...

3.7/5Good! (1,779 reviews)

"The Complimentary breakfast was wonderful, and better than anywhere else I have ever stayed. Great location, Staff was friendly, and there was Not 1 thing that we were unhappy about. I just wish we could have stayed longer."…"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2019

Best Western Beachside Resort
Surf & Sand Hotel
Surf & Sand Hotel
2 out of 5
40 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL
$89
per night
Oct 21 - Oct 22

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 ...

3.5/5Good! (2,017 reviews)

"The entire staff was friendly & helpful. Very convenient to the beach, restaurants, & shopping."…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Surf & Sand Hotel
Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
2.5 out of 5
2 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL
$95
per night
Oct 28 - Oct 29

Nestled on the beach, this Plaza Primera hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Portofino Boardwalk and Pensacola Beach Pier. Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve is 3 mi ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,851 reviews)

"We loved the property, but were disappointed in the breakfast options"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2019

Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach

Popular things to do in Pensacola Beach

Fort Pickens
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Fort Pickens

4.5/5(246 reviews)

Enjoy a stop at Fort Pickens, a landmark worth seeing in Pensacola Beach. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or experience its great live music.

Pensacola Beach Beaches
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Pensacola Beach Beaches

5/5(24 reviews)

Why not spend a lazy afternoon at Pensacola Beach Beaches during your trip to Pensacola Beach? Stroll along the area's seaside, or simply savor its top-notch restaurants.

360 Pensacola Beach
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360 Pensacola Beach

Take the family on an outing to 360 Pensacola Beach during your trip to Pensacola Beach. Discover the top-notch restaurants and great live music in this walkable area.

Historic Pensacola Village
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Historic Pensacola Village

4.5/5(361 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Historic Pensacola Village, a well-known historical site in Pensacola. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or experience its great live music.

Saenger Theatre
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Saenger Theatre

4/5(140 reviews)

Saenger Theatre is a popular theater with a storied past in Pensacola. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches or experience its great live music.

Fort Walton Beaches
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Fort Walton Beaches

4.5/5(162 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a carefree day at Fort Walton Beaches, a popular beach in Fort Walton Beach. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this relaxing area.

Top activities in Pensacola Beach

3-day Pensacola Pass
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3-day Pensacola Pass

$90

See the best of Pensacola with a 3-day Pensacola Pass. Ride a simulator at the National Naval Aviation Museum. Climb 177 steps to the top of the Pensacola Lighthouse. Walk back in time at the Historic Pensacola Village and its four museums.

Pensacola Hop-On Hop-Off
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Pensacola Hop-On Hop-Off

$20

For the best introduction to Pensacola, try the Hop-on, Hop-off Tour. Fully narrated, this tour includes 14 stops for customers to explore areas of interest. Enjoy as much time at each stop. Then continue to explore.

Ghost and Graveyards Tour
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Ghost and Graveyards Tour

$22

From fear to laughter and somewhere in between, Go Retro offers the ultimate Halloween experience for adults. (No child 13 or younger should be brought.) This riding tour covers a wide area with stops in the Commercial Business District, Seville, Sanders Beach, North and West Hill.

Pensacola Inshore Fishing
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Pensacola Inshore Fishing

$108

Nothing beats reeling in the perfect catch from the inshore waters of Pensacola Bay in Florida. Climb into a modern fishing boat and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you as your captain takes you to the best spots for catching Spanish mackerel, flounder, and sheepshead.

One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Pensacola, FL
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One Game of Zombie Scavengers of Pensacola, FL

$3

Can you survive the zombie apocalypse… Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game. With the whole world in chaos and zombies outnumbering the living 10 to 1, small colonies of the living are doing all they can to survive.

Self-Guided Pensacola United States Scavenger Hunt
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Self-Guided Pensacola United States Scavenger Hunt

$11

This adventure will take you through the heart of Chicago and let you see how it has changed over time, while also having fun. This hunt has been evolving over time to be as entertaining as possible, while showing you as much as possible.

Reviews of Pensacola Beach

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
459
5 - Excellent 71.9435736677116%
4 - Good
153
4 - Good 23.981191222570533%
3 - Okay
20
3 - Okay 3.134796238244514%
2 - Disappointing
5
2 - Disappointing 0.7836990595611285%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 0.15673981191222572%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 18, 2019

Beach very clean!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 5, 2019

It’s by far my favorite area to visit for the beach 

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 2, 2019

Loved the Seafood Festival

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

It was a short drive from New Orleans and i was impressed with how clean the beach was. It was worth the drive.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 27, 2019

The public restroom closed at night. It is bad. But have big place for parking. It is good.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 26, 2019

Love it, the beach was beautiful and clean. The overall atmosphere was relaxing , which was the reason for the trip in the first place.