PENSACOLA BEACH is a place that you, your family and friends can experience all the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer. Pensacola Beach is world famous for its sugar-white sand beaches and emerald-green waters. In fact, Pensacola Beach was recently selected as one of TripAdvisor's Top 25 Beaches in the U.S., and our bordering neighbor to the east and west, the Gulf Islands National Seashore, was selected as the #3 beach in the U.S. and ranked in the top 25 worldwide. Both beaches are winners of TripAdvisor's 2013 Traveler's Choice Awards.
On Pensacola Beach, we're proud to offer endless opportunities for fun and relaxation. Enjoy our fresh gulf seafood or a Bushwacker at our many restaurants and hangouts, take a walk or catch a fish on the Pensacola Beach Pier, or simply relax in the sun and watch your worries float away.
Be sure to check out our Footprints in the Sand Eco-Trail where you can learn the secrets of our beautiful white sand, the dangerous journey of sea turtles, be able to identify mysterious sea shells and so much more.
Whether your wish is for solitude – a solitary, sunset scroll down a swath of nearly deserted beach – or for being part of the ongoing celebration that defines the season on Pensacola Beach, we have something for every mood and feeling.
1. The white sand of Pensacola's beaches comes from quartz, the bones of the Appalachian Mountains far to the north, washing down the region's rivers to the Gulf of Mexico over millions of years.
2. Gulf Island National Seashore on Pensacola Beach was ranked number three in Trip Advisor's ranking of Top 25 Beaches in the United States. Pensacola Beach earned the number 22 spot in the rankings.
3. The world's largest artificial reef – the USS Oriskany, a retired aircraft carrier that was sunk off Pensacola's shores – is a hotspot for scuba diving.
4. Pensacola Beach launched an eco trail in 2013, allowing visitors to explore the island while learning about the native plants and animals.
5. Pensacola is home to Gulf Islands National Seashore, a national park encompassing the largest stretch of protected seashore in the country.
6. Apache Chief Geronimo was Pensacola's first tourist attraction. While imprisoned at Ft. Pickens on Pensacola Beach, visitors flocked to see him. It was rumored that he sold the buttons from his clothing as souvenirs and had his wives sew on new buttons each night.
7. Soft and powdery, our sand is very fine-grained and is called "singing sand" because it squeaks under your feet.
8. The Bushwacker, a chocolaty adult beverage, was invented on Pensacola Beach.
9. The Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, at 1,471 feet, is one of the longest in the Gulf of Mexico.
10. Sand dunes topped with sea oats are a vital part of the ecosystem and help protect our barrier islands from waves and weather.