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PensacolaUnited States of America

This northwest Florida coastal city is famous for its beautiful beaches and for being one spot where Europeans first settled in the United States.

Pensacola is a beach city with miles of white-sand shoreline. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, swimming, sailing, sunbathing and other activities centering on the water. But Pensacola also charms with its museums, galleries, family attractions and history and traditions of its downtown area.

A 1559 Spanish outpost at this location was one of the oldest European settlements in the United States. Pensacola is known as the “City of Five Flags” because Spain, Britain, France, the Confederacy and the United States have each ruled the area at various times.

Investigate Pensacola’s diverse past with a walk through the historic downtown district. Note the mixture of building styles, including British timber cottages and stucco homes with wrought-iron balconies that reflect Spanish influences. Stand in Plaza Ferdinand where General Andrew Jackson, who would later become the president of the United States, claimed Florida from Spain in 1821.

Visit Historic Pensacola Village, comprising 27 properties and museums, including an 18th-century church and early 19th-century homes. While you are here, follow the Colonial Archeological Trail, a self-guided walking tour that takes you to colonial ruins, fortresses and other structures.

With Pensacola’s year-round sunshine and a moderately warm climate, most visitors head directly to the beach; there are many to choose from. One of the most popular is Pensacola Beach, a 10-minute drive from downtown, on the western end of Santa Rosa Island. Cross the Pensacola Bay Bridge to reach this long and narrow barrier island.

Lie on the sand or choose from the many water activities: parasailing, surfing, kayaking and more. Enjoy free events and activities. Bands on the Beach concerts are held every Tuesday from April through October. One annual highlight in July is the Pensacola Beach Air Show, featuring the Blue Angels, the United States Navy's flight demonstration squadron.

Treat yourself to a great night out by heading back downtown. Watch a live performance at the Saenger Theatre and relax in the oyster bars, international restaurants and clubs.

Where to stay in Pensacola

Top hotels in Pensacola

Surf & Sand Hotel
Surf & Sand Hotel
2 out of 5
40 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is £57 per night from 3 Feb to 4 Feb

Offering direct access to the beach, this Pensacola Beach hotel is in the city centre, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Pensacola Beach Pier, and within 9 mi (15 km) of ...

3.7/5Good! (1,544 reviews)

"Washer and dryer on site Clean rooms great location"…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2021

Surf & Sand Hotel
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
4 out of 5
165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is £156 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Nestled on the beach, this Villa Sabine hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casino Beach and Pensacola Beach Pier. Opal Beach and Portofino Boardwalk are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)

"Cleanliness, social distancing measures. We enjoyed the experience overall."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2020

Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Luxury Suites Pensacola
Luxury Suites Pensacola
2.5 out of 5
6703 Pensacola Blvd, Pensacola, FL
The price is £52 per night from 25 Jan to 26 Jan

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sam's Fun City, Marcus Pointe Golf Club and Brent Athletic Park. University Town Plaza is 2.9 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (568 reviews)

"Ok, quiet, clean, and economical. On outskirts of town."…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Luxury Suites Pensacola
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Top Holiday Rentals in Pensacola

Getaways at Soundside Holiday Beach
Getaways at Soundside Holiday Beach
3.5 out of 5
19 Via De Luna Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL

Situated on the beach, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Portofino Boardwalk and Pensacola Beach Pier. Casino Beach and Opal Beach are also within 15 ...

Getaways at Soundside Holiday Beach
Incredible Gulf Front Condo! Onsite Pools, Fitness Center, Dry Sauna!
Incredible Gulf Front Condo! Onsite Pools, Fitness Center, Dry Sauna!
22 Via De Luna Dr #1002, Pensacola Beach, FL
The price is £212 per night from 31 Jan to 1 Feb

Situated on the beach, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Casino Beach and Pensacola Beach Pier. Opal Beach and Portofino Boardwalk are also within 15 ...

3.7/5Good! (3 reviews)
Blessed

"It felt like home on vacation. The view was superb!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2020

Incredible Gulf Front Condo! Onsite Pools, Fitness Center, Dry Sauna!
Gulf Front, Sleeps 7, Read our Reviews, we Have it All!
Gulf Front, Sleeps 7, Read our Reviews, we Have it All!
999 Ft. Pickens Dr., #408, Pensacola Beach, FL

Nestled on the beach, this Pensacola Beach condo is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Park West On-Leash Dog Beach and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Pensacola Beach Pier. Casino Beach ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (56 reviews)
Heaven on Earth

"I wanted to lease for the shortest time, however my wife decided on a longer stay, and guess who won? After the first night which was raining and 4 foot sea, I opened the window by the bed, where I was able to see and feel that wonderful breeze gently flowing across the bed, I was sold on this place ..."…"

Reviewed on 15 Jan 2021

Gulf Front, Sleeps 7, Read our Reviews, we Have it All!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Pensacola

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22 Jul 2019

Loverly beaches, lots of things to do, life guards on duty with lots of sunshine. The whole area is a sunsoaked playground . Whether young or old you'll find something to do. Just pack the suncream .

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

3 Jul 2019

Just passing through

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