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With so many beaches and other beautiful outdoor spaces to discover, and very limited public transport, the coastal city of Pensacola is best explored by car. If you want to get around Florida’s beautiful stretches of sand and historic seaside towns, or explore across state lines, renting a car is not just a practical option – it’s an absolute must.

You’ll find a good selection of car rental companies located in and around Pensacola, as well as several at the airport. Reserving your car in advance with Orbitz means you can pick up your keys and set out on your Florida adventure as soon as your flight touches down.

Pensacola and beyond: Three destinations by car

One of the great things about Pensacola is its location near so many of Florida’s best beaches and other places of interest. Here are three spots to discover by car.

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Take a visit to the longest stretch of federally protected seashore in the United States, which is also often called Florida’s best beach. The sand here is soft and incredibly white, thanks to a large percentage of quartz. Relax on the beach or head into the sparkling blue water, where you can swim, fish, snorkel, or kayak. Keep an eye out for loggerhead turtles and other wildlife on this beautiful seashore which, despite its popularity, can feel quite secluded.

Journey time: Around 15 minutes

Distance: Approximately 8 miles

Historic Pensacola

Pensacola was settled by the Spaniards, and today you can tour the historic district. Learn about how the Spanish conquered the area, then left it abandoned, and about how and why Pensacola became a major base for the US Navy. Stop by the Museum of Industry to see how the town has changed over the years, or visit the Children’s Museum for a hands-on history lesson. There are plenty of restaurants and shops nearby as well.

Journey time: In the city

Distance: In the city

Mobile, Alabama

Take a day trip across state lines to Mobile, Alabama, to see how the two states’ gulf coasts compare. Spend some time at the beach, visit the WWII-era USS Alabama battleship (you can visit on your own or take a guided tour), and learn about the city’s Mardi Gras tradition at the Mobile Carnival Museum. Don’t miss the 19th-century Cathedral Basilica, and be sure to stop for oysters and southern-style cooking somewhere like Felix’s Fish Camp.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 60 miles