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Top Choice Park in Pensacola Beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore

The highlight of the Florida Panhandle, this 150-mile stretch of mostly undeveloped white-sand beach is a prime example of what the Gulf Coast looked like before human settlement (which, to be fair, can often be see…
Seafood in Pensacola Beach

Grand Marlin

This versatile seafood restaurant and oyster bar gives you the best of both worlds: enjoy a casual alfresco atmosphere on the best-for-sunset patio, or treat yourself to formal fine dining indoors. Either way, expec…
Park in Pensacola Beach

Naval Live Oaks Reservation

This section of Gulf Islands National Seashore doesn't actually contain (much) seashore – instead, it consists of groves of local maritime hammock (forest) cut through by 7.5 miles of hiking trails. What's in a name…
Historic Site in Pensacola Beach

Fort Pickens

Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, this 1834 historic fort perched at the western extent of the Santa Rosa barrier island has survived wars and scores of hurricanes to remain a fascinating and scenic excurs…
Breakfast in Pensacola Beach

Native Café

This funky breakfast and lunch spot, 'owned and operated by friendly natives,' is a welcome addition to the fried-fish stretch. Try a shrimp po' boy, grilled chicken sandwich, fish tacos, rice and beans or seafood g…
Health Food in Pensacola Beach

Wild Roots

There's not a ton of health-food stores in Panhandle, but Wild Roots kind of makes up for the lack. Self-cater with vegan wraps, enormous salads, pizzas and sandwiches – and for what it's worth, there's meat options…
Park in Pensacola Beach

Shoreline Park UFO Spotting

Maybe it's activity from the nearby Pensacola Naval Air Station, but this stretch of the gulf has apparently had hundreds of UFO sightings in the past few decades, with reports right along the coast. Local skywatche…
Seafood in Pensacola Beach

Peg Leg Pete's

Ah-har, me hearties, walk ye olde plank, blah blah pirate stuff…you get the idea, this place has a theme going. Anyways, pop into Pete's for almost-beachfront oysters, fat grouper sandwiches, crab legs and jumbo sea…
Bar in Pensacola Beach

Bamboo Willie's

An open-air bar right on the boardwalk in Pensacola Beach, this is the spot to get twisted in a variety of ways, with signature frozen cocktails from the Bushwacker to the 190 Octane (don't ask – just drink).
Diner in Pensacola Beach

Dog House Deli

For cheap and easy beachfront eats, try this local favorite, in business for more than 35 years, serving a range of signature or build-your-own dogs as well as a tasty breakfast menu.