Pensacola Beach is on Santa Rosa Island, which is 52 miles of white sand beaches, and is suitable for fishing
, boating, swimming, collecting seashells and just exploring in general. One activity, limited to the summer months, is sea turtle watching. Four of the seven kinds of sea turtles nest on the beaches
here. They are fascinating to observe, but you must never disturb one or her nest. This is a great place to spend a weekend with the girls, your sweetie, or plan a whole family vacation. In 2009, the Pensacola Beach, along with the Bay area, will be celebrating the 450th anniversary of being the first European settlement in the U.S.
Pensacola Beach Pier
At 1471 feet long, the new pier is one of the longest piers
in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing from the pier is its main attraction, but you can see all kinds of native sea life too. Dolphins, manatee, rays, sharks and various types of crab have been seen in the waters here. The white sand beaches around the pier are an irresistible place to stop, relax and enjoy the world around you. If you're a fisherman, you can get everything you need to spend the day right here at the tackle shop on the beginning of the pier. You can buy bait, tackle, coolers, carts, food and beverages; you can even rent a rod. So what can you catch? Cobia, flounder, mackerel, blue fish and tarpon to name a few, and in the months of winter, red fish, drum and sheephead are caught. Not into fishing? Then you can stroll down the pier, grab a bench and enjoy one of the spectacular sunsets the Gulf is famous for while even grabbing diner there.
Quietwater Beach Boardwalk
One of the best places to spend the entire day is at the Quietwater Beach Boardwalk. Spend the morning laying on the beach, jet skiing or boating. Then refuel with lunch at the Hooters or Papa's Pizza on location and prepare for an afternoon of shopping
. Find something breezy and tropical at Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co
. At Island Style-Island Trader you can find everything you'll ever need for the beach, including boogie boards, sunglasses and souvenirs. They also have a wide variety of t-shirts and an airbrush artist if you prefer to design your own.
When night falls, checkout Bamboo Willie's
, where you can reach by car or boat. On the weekends, they have live entertainment, and every Wednesday is Lady's Night. Capt'n Fun Beach Club is a hot little night spot which has ten TV's tuned to mostly sports and is the panhandle's largest open-air nightclub. Hemingway's is also a great place to meet friends for a drink and enjoy the best of foods from the Keys, Cuba and Caribbean. They are open for both lunch and dinner.
The kids can enjoy the boardwalk too, with a henna tattoo or by getting their hair braided with colorful wraps or beads. Of course, Mom and Dad can feel free to enjoy a cocktail too. Quietwater Beach Pier is just pure fun for the entire family!
By Beverly Martinez-Collins – PlacesAroundFlorida.com