Pensacola Beach

City of five flags

Although Pensacola is said to be a tad tamer for spring break than Panama City Beach, it still serves up its share of bikini contests, Jell-O wrestling and foam dance parties. But Pensacola has matured a bit - the estimated 500,000 students it draws are mainly grad students looking for a fun but relaxed vacation, rather than out-of-control freshman bashes. This makes Pensacola Beach equally interesting to families with kids, snowbirds and those trying to elude the spring break hedonism. With less pressure to party, you'll also get better value for your money.

Outdoor Focus

Encompassing Casino Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Langdon Beach, Opal Beach and Quietwater Beach, the area has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Gulf Islands National Seashore has camping, swimming, biking and hiking. You can also enjoy free concerts at the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach. Highlights include:

Area Attractions

Area Events

Nightlife

Pensacola's Seville Historic District houses many New Orleans-style pubs and bars. Check out Rosie O'Grady's Goodtime Emporium, Apple Annie's Courtyard, End o' the Alley Bar or Capt'n Fun Beach Club which hosts a spring break kick-off weekend and a Wet-N-Wild foam party. Live entertainment ranges - rock, reggae, Dixieland jazz and country western.

Accommodation

Pensacola Beach and area has lodging for all budgets with quaint B and Bs, chain hotels and resort condos on the beach.

Need to Know

Panama City Beach's quieter cousin still has plenty of life. If you want to be near the action at a fraction of the cost, check out these Pensacola Beach deals.

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