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PensacolaUnited States of America

This northwest Florida coastal city is famous for its beautiful beaches and for being one spot where Europeans first settled in the United States.

Pensacola is a beach city with miles of white-sand shoreline. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, swimming, sailing, sunbathing and other activities centering on the water. But Pensacola also charms with its museums, galleries, family attractions and history and traditions of its downtown area.

A 1559 Spanish outpost at this location was one of the oldest European settlements in the United States. Pensacola is known as the “City of Five Flags” because Spain, Britain, France, the Confederacy and the United States have each ruled the area at various times.

Investigate Pensacola’s diverse past with a walk through the historic downtown district. Note the mixture of building styles, including British timber cottages and stucco homes with wrought-iron balconies that reflect Spanish influences. Stand in Plaza Ferdinand where General Andrew Jackson, who would later become the president of the United States, claimed Florida from Spain in 1821.

Visit Historic Pensacola Village, comprising 27 properties and museums, including an 18th-century church and early 19th-century homes. While you are here, follow the Colonial Archeological Trail, a self-guided walking tour that takes you to colonial ruins, fortresses and other structures.

With Pensacola’s year-round sunshine and a moderately warm climate, most visitors head directly to the beach; there are many to choose from. One of the most popular is Pensacola Beach, a 10-minute drive from downtown, on the western end of Santa Rosa Island. Cross the Pensacola Bay Bridge to reach this long and narrow barrier island.

Lie on the sand or choose from the many water activities: parasailing, surfing, kayaking and more. Enjoy free events and activities. Bands on the Beach concerts are held every Tuesday from April through October. One annual highlight in July is the Pensacola Beach Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels, the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron.

Treat yourself to a great night out by heading back downtown. Watch a live performance at the Saenger Theatre and relax in the oyster bars, international restaurants and clubs.

Where to stay in Pensacola

Storm coming across the beach. You can watch them come in across the gulf from miles away.

Navarre Beach

4.5/5Wonderful!(93 area reviews)

Navarre Beach is popular for its pristine beaches, and you might make a stop by Opal Beach, a top place to visit in the area.

Navarre Beach
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Orange Beach East

4.5/5Wonderful!(25 area reviews)

While Orange Beach East isn't home to many top sights, Adventure Island and Orange Beach Indian and Sea Museum are some notable places to visit nearby.

Orange Beach East
Pensacola showing a sandy beach and a coastal town as well as a large group of people

Downtown

4/5Very Good!(301 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Saenger Theatre and Historic Pensacola Village are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown
The railroad tracks along Scenic Bluffs are tucked along the side of Scenic Highway on the east side of Pensacola. Some homeless and hipsters hang out around these parts but it's a nice spot for some solitude. You can take a swim in Escambia Bay by walking just a minute down the tracks from here. #Pensacola #Florida #Railroad #ScenicBluffs

Northeast Pensacola

4/5Very Good!(415 area reviews)

While visiting Northeast Pensacola, you might make a stop by sights like Cordova Mall and Bay Bluffs Park.

Northeast Pensacola
Built in 1912 onto the L&N train station, and one of the spots on the top historic places to see in Pensacola. The restaurant and lounge, library, and original architecture and fixtures are beautiful. The rooms are much nicer than you might expect from an older hotel; ask for a room with a view!

Southeast Pensacola

4.5/5Wonderful!(8 area reviews)

While visiting Southeast Pensacola, you might make a stop by sights like Pensacola Civic Center and Saenger Theatre.

Southeast Pensacola
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Northwest Pensacola

3.5/5Good!(663 area reviews)

While visiting Northwest Pensacola, you might make a stop by sights like Five Flags Speedway and Sam's Fun City.

Northwest Pensacola

Top Hotels in Pensacola

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Surf & Sand Hotel
Surf & Sand Hotel
2 out of 5
40 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL
$131
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8

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 ...

3.6/5Good! (2,099 reviews)

"The private little beach area. Firepit was awesome!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Surf & Sand Hotel
Best Western Beachside Resort
Best Western Beachside Resort
2.5 out of 5
16 Via de Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL
$127
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8

Nestled on the beach, this Pensacola Beach hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Portofino Boardwalk and Pensacola Beach Pier. Opal Beach and Park West On-Leash ...

3.8/5Good! (1,958 reviews)

"Location was great, stores and food was convenient and view and access to beach was extremely convenient."…"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2020

Best Western Beachside Resort
Pensacola Grand Hotel
Pensacola Grand Hotel
3.5 out of 5
200 E Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL
$105
per night
Apr 7 - Apr 8

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Pensacola Civic Center and Saenger Theatre. Historic Pensacola Village is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,919 reviews)

"Rooms were a little on the small side, however staff was very nice"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Pensacola Grand Hotel

Popular things to do in Pensacola

Pensacola Naval Air Station
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Pensacola Naval Air Station

4.5/5(690 reviews)

After visiting Pensacola Naval Air Station, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Pensacola. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the beautiful sunsets in this family-friendly area.

Perdido Key Beach
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Perdido Key Beach

4.5/5(246 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a carefree day at Perdido Key Beach, a popular beach in Pensacola. Stroll along the area's beautiful beaches or experience its entertainment choices.

Pensacola Beach Pier
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Pensacola Beach Pier

4.5/5(759 reviews)

You can learn more about the history of Pensacola Beach when you make a stop at a top site like Pensacola Beach Pier. Stroll along the seaside or experience the great live music in this family-friendly area.

Historic Pensacola Village
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Historic Pensacola Village

4.5/5(405 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Pensacola when you make a stop at a top site like Historic Pensacola Village. Stroll along the beautiful beaches or experience the great live music in this family-friendly area.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park
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Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

4.5/5(232 reviews)

The family will enjoy a trip to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, a favorite attraction in Fort Walton Beach. Stroll along the area's seaside, or simply savor its seafood restaurants.

Saenger Theatre
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Saenger Theatre

4/5(164 reviews)

Saenger Theatre is a popular theater with a rich history in Pensacola. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its lively bars.

Top activities in Pensacola

3-day Pensacola Pass
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3-day Pensacola Pass

$90
Per adult
Pensacola Hop-On Hop-Off
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Pensacola Hop-On Hop-Off

100% of travellers recommend
$30
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Florida

$10
Per adult
Ghost and Graveyards Tour
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Ghost and Graveyards Tour

$22
Per adult
Pensacola Inshore Fishing
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Pensacola Inshore Fishing

100% of travellers recommend
$108
Per adult
Downtown Walking Ghost Tour
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Downtown Walking Ghost Tour

80% of travellers recommend
$15
Per adult

Reviews of Pensacola

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
895
5 - Excellent 40.60798548094374%
4 - Good
945
4 - Good 42.87658802177859%
3 - Okay
299
3 - Okay 13.566243194192378%
2 - Disappointing
42
2 - Disappointing 1.9056261343012704%
1 - Terrible
23
1 - Terrible 1.043557168784029%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2020

I relocated to Pensacola which is why I stayed at this hotel.

4/5 - Good

Nick

Mar 31, 2020

Unfortunately it was bad timing due to the coronavirus. All restaurants, bars, beaches and non-essential businesses we're all closed. We still made the best of our vacation though.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 28, 2020

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

It was a bad time to visit with the covid-19 virus pandemic in full swing.

5/5 - Excellent

Donna

Mar 23, 2020

Even though it was rainy, we went to Pensacola Beach and it was beautiful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

We love Pensacola!

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