The lost island
Discovered in 1693, this natural paradise with its powdery white sand beaches, bays, estuaries and wetlands is home to abundant native wildlife and sea life. The crystal clear emerald green waters and miles of soft white sand make the perfect backdrop for sunbathing or water sports. Rated one of the top swimming beaches in the USA, Perdido Key boasts miles of protected, unspoiled shoreline and dunes. With 61 percent of the area made up of preserves and parks, it's the ideal destination for ecotourism in Florida.
This well-kept secret offers many activities for all ages. With sport, deep sea and fresh water fishing, sunbathing, surfing, golfing, sailing, motor boating and camping available, Perdido Key State Park is a true jewel. Highlights include:
- Nature walks: Whether you take a trail or stroll along miles of unspoiled nature, this area offers everything from bays to beaches, estuaries to wetlands and an abundance of both native sea life and wildlife.
- Picnicking: With grills and pavilions available to the public, this is an ideal spot to cook up a fresh catch.
- The National Museum of Naval Aviation: This nearby museum has more than 130 of the finest Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aircrafts on display, an IMAX theater and the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight in a 15-passenger full-motion flight simulator.
- The ZOO: Open year round, this zoo boasts 50 acres of botanical gardens and nearly 700 animals in their natural habitat.
- Blues on the Beach: This series of free concerts features an extensive line-up of bands. You can catch them every Tuesday evening, May to September, at the Gulfside Pavilion on Pensacola Beach.
- Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show: Precision flying draws the crowds to this annual air show.
Weekends come alive at The Shell on the Boardwalk, the Gulfside Pavilion at Casino Beach and the many restaurants and lounges located up and down the beach.
With familiar hotel chains, luxurious resort condominiums and private vacation rentals, there's something to suit every taste and budget.
Need to Know
- Perdido Key is a narrow strip of land located 15 miles southwest of Pensacola on Florida's Panhandle, almost on the Alabama border.
- The winters are very mild with average temperatures of 50 to70 F.
- Spring and summer reach average highs of 89 F.
- Picnic tables
Perdido Beach offers everything from zoos to blues. If you're interested in catching a few tunes along with some rays, these Perdido Beach suggestions will help.
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