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A picturesque waterfront city along Florida’s Emerald Coast, Pensacola Beach’s gleaming sugar-white beaches are enough to attract anyone to its shorelines. There is just as much fun to be had for outdoor enthusiasts interested in running marathons, parasailing, scuba diving, or golfing, as there is for trend-setters enjoying the nightlife and entertainment scene. For a rather laid back holiday, you can also hit the beaches as Pensacola is one of the best, award-winning destinations in the world for beachgoers.

What to See in Pensacola

With miles of natural and protected beaches along the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, there is plenty of space to join in with the lively crowds. Alternatively, you can discover your own secluded spot on the shores of the national park. For the most vivid sunsets you most likely will ever see, find a spot along the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. It spans over 1,470 feet. From here, you can observe an array of birds from gannets, gulls, ducks, loons, and herons next to marine life, including dolphins, manatees, and sharks.

Furthermore, the Pensacola Beach area has a vibrant nightlife scene with a boardwalk, featuring renowned bars and restaurants. For the day, enjoy shopping opportunities or the shallow water along Santa Rosa Sound, which is perfect for small children. Do not miss out on Pensacola’s top seafood restaurants located right next to the water, such as the Grand Marlin with its freshly grilled mahi mahi, oysters, and swordfish. Next, there is also a diverse range of delicious crab such as blue, king, and snow crabs along with red snapper and other seafood delights.

Besides lounging on the beach all day, visitors can find plenty of festivals and events all year round from Mardi Gras in January to the Seafood Festival in September. During the summer months, catch live music with the Bands on the Beach concert series featuring local and regional artists at the Gulfside Pavilion. Culture lovers will enjoy Pensacola’s excellent ballet academy with original performances throughout the season and classics, such as Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker.

History buffs should drive over to the historical Fort Pickens for a unique look into the military significance of Pensacola dating back to the American Revolution. Built to fortify Pensacola Harbor, the Fort is perched on the tip of Santa Rosa Island. Another well-preserved and historic site is the old-fashioned and supposedly haunted Pensacola lighthouse located inside the Naval Air Station. Fans of the Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun should head to the Naval Air Station for a close-up of some of the aircrafts seen in the movie. The 8,000 acre base is also home to the National Naval Aviation Museum with over 150 military aircraft, flight simulators, live-action displays, and more.

Car Rental with Orbitz

Find the perfect stretch of sand in Pensacola by renting a car with us. With low rates to fit any budget and quality customer service, we at Orbitz offer a variety of rentals from comfortable SUVs to eco-friendly compact cars. Even before you land at Pensacola Regional Airport, you can reserve your rental car with us and easily pick it up after your plane has landed.