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Sugar-white sand and emerald-hued water define this eight-mile stretch of Florida’s Santa Rosa barrier island, but Pensacola Beach is much more than a beautiful beach escape, it’s also an exciting hub of watersports recreation, with fishing, kayaking, swimming, and two beach parks onsite.

Top Things to Do at Pensacola Beach:

  • Playing in the surf with your furry pal at one of Pensacola's dog beaches
  • Reef snorkeling at Pensacola Beach Park East
  • Standup paddleboarding or kayaking in Little or Big Sabine Bay
  • Taking in the eateries, shops, and scene at Quietwater Boardwalk
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Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier and Observation Post

Extending nearly 1,500 feet, this popular fishing pier spans two sand bars and provides awesome views of the open gulf ahead and shoreline. Fishing supplies are onsite as well as classic Americana nosh at the pier’s diner. Be sure to catch the sunset here.

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Quietwater Beach Park

This shallow-water swimming beach is perfect for families and its Old Timey boardwalk, lined with shops and restaurants will take you back to a bygone day of classic family beach vacations. Outdoor beach concerts are typically a frequent occurrence at Quietwater’s performance venue.

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Casino Beach Park

Located in the geographic center of Pensacola Beach, Casino Beach Park is an excellent basecamp for 1.) convenient parking and 2.) beachfront dining or drinks—don’t miss the ahi tuna or tuna tacos at Casino Beach Bar.

Parking at Pensacola Beach

In addition to Casino Beach Park, parking is available at Park East and West beaches, as well as several other lots scattered throughout the eight-mile stretch along Via De Luna Drive.