Pensacola Beach

White sand beach
3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA (89 miles from Panama City Beach, FL)
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Crowded
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • SunbedsBeach chairs available
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby
  • Gear rentalsEquipment for rent
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • Changing roomsDressing rooms on the beach
  • LifeguardsLifeguard on duty
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby

About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Sand is too deep for a wheelchair!

Designated dog areas: Lots 21 and 28

Some say this is the best beach in the United States, and I tend to agree. Well, it's definitely one of! Beautiful sugary-white sand, gorgeous turquoise waters, rich sea life, and perfect, breathtaking views create an unbeatable combination.

The beach is enormous. It stretches for miles and miles – there's plenty of parking and beach access points. Even when crowded there's plenty of space for everybody.

The area can be divided into two parts: West end and East end ("rough" and "sound" side). The west end is where Fort Pickens is. It is a massive historical old fort, built in the early 1800s. Worth a visit if you or your kids are into history.

The East end of the beach is a gorgeous, unspoiled National Seashore. If you are a pet owner, there's a dedicated dog beach on the East end – Lots 21 and 28 are where you need to go with your pup. 

Chairs and umbrellas are available for rent. We rented a couple of chairs and an umbrella from the "Lazy Days" for $8/hour. They also have a $30 for the whole day option.

The beach is not too popular among spring-breakers, which is why families love the place.

The small town is packed with superb restaurants and small stores, you can get everything you might need. All of that is only a short walk from the beach.

The beach is packed with amenities. There are changing rooms, bathrooms and outdoor showers. A volleyball area, a picnic area with grills. Gear rentals are at your service: catamarans, jet ski, wave runners, paddle boards, etc. You have sidewalks along the entire beach, so renting bikes for the whole day is a great idea.

There's a beautiful fishing pier, but you need to pay a small entry fee to walk on it.

We went to a few restaurants and every single one of them was great! So go ahead and try different places. If you want to cook your own seafood, head to Joe Patti's Seafood Market in downtown Pensacola. It deserves a blog post of its own, as it is the largest seafood market in the Southeast. 

There are plenty of rooms and hotels nearby, and their prices are reasonable, as opposed to other neighboring beaches.

Pensacola beach is very well maintained – the area is clean and the police is always on guard. Lifeguards are also on duty.

After 5 days of relaxation leaving the beach was really hard. But we will be back!

Driving time

  • 3 hours from New Orleans
  • 8 hours from Houston, TX
  • 5 hours from Jacksonville
  • 5 hours from Atlanta, GA
Reviewed by:
Daniel and Laura
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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Pensacola Beach, Florida 3 Casino Beach Boardwalk, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Pensacola Beach reviews and photos
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Pensacola Beach photo by Jennifer | Tandem For Two
January 29, 2019
Jennifer | Tandem For Two
I took this photo in Florida on a pretty blustery day but it was still way warmer than today here in Michigan. Maybe it was wishful thinking, but over on the blog today I’m sharing my travel guide for a warmer winter getaway in Pensacola. We loved our visit and I’m sharing some not to miss things. Or you can just enjoy my warmer weather pictures instead!
Pensacola Beach photo by Dakota Vorass
November 18, 2018
Dakota Vorass
Trip to Florida has been pretty great so far! Especially when I have the love of my life by my side through it all! I love you @ashes_and_roses_ ☀️💛💙😌
Pensacola Beach photo by krisronca
February 2, 2019
krisronca
Pensacola Beach in Winter 🌤 The coats give it away 😎 I swiped the picture because it’s fn cold down there right now.
Pensacola Beach photo by Pensacola Beach
January 29, 2019
Pensacola Beach
Another spectacular Pensacola Beach sunset. #pensacolabeach
Pensacola Beach photo by Kailey Lincke
January 30, 2019
Kailey Lincke
My oasis 🐚
Pensacola Beach photo by Cortney 🌻 Deal
June 29, 2018
Cortney 🌻 Deal
Gulf coast is the best coast 🌅
Pensacola Beach photo by Travel Columnist
May 23, 2018
Travel Columnist
There is just something about the ocean. The smell, sound, color, maybe it is the salty sea mist that ligjtly covers your face, whatever it is..I will never tire of it.
Pensacola Beach photo by Florida Explored
May 15, 2018
Florida Explored
A beautiful Florida sunset 🌅😍 shot by @shavnore in Pensacola Beach. Join us in exploring the sunshine state and tag your photos with #floridaexplored
Pensacola Beach photo by Lindsay Meares
January 28, 2019
Lindsay Meares
Missing the beach 💕 Sunset view from last week in Pensacola.
Pensacola Beach photo by Candi|Strength&Nutrition Coach
August 26, 2018
Candi|Strength&Nutrition Coach
It’s #NationalDogDay!
Pensacola Beach photo by J A W V I B O S E L L I
February 1, 2019
J A W V I B O S E L L I
We outchea’ #pensacola #pensacolabeach
Pensacola Beach photo by Jamestown Estates
October 4, 2018
Jamestown Estates
Best brew in #Pensacola! 🍻
Pensacola Beach photo by Brian L Butler Photography
January 30, 2019
Brian L Butler Photography
Pensacola Beach on a bitter cold winter day. But not this particular bitter cold winter day. The day I shot this was even colder and I was in actual physical pain hanging out on the balcony with the wind whipping. Scarred me. 😄 This day is what the arctic blast that was supposed to hit today made me think of. But hey, it was pretty 😄 I’m bout ready for some warm/hot weather
Pensacola Beach photo by Jamestown Estates
November 29, 2018
Jamestown Estates
It's an absolutely gorgeous day here in Pensacola, Florida! Even though it's almost December, we're still enjoying sunshine and beautiful beach views.
Pensacola Beach photo by ceciliaky
January 30, 2019
ceciliaky
sigh. 🏖
Pensacola Beach photo by Anna Prillaman
January 28, 2019
Anna Prillaman
.75 cent oysters!
Pensacola Beach photo by Heather Hall Galle
May 14, 2018
Heather Hall Galle
The sun to my set 🌅 Grateful for a fantastic weekend with my friends & family celebrating Jude’s birthday and #mothersday! 🙏
Pensacola Beach photo by Sanna Jonasson
January 31, 2019
Sanna Jonasson
Cuz it’s my birthday✨
Pensacola Beach photo by Samantha Rada
January 31, 2019
Samantha Rada
Look the future ahead , it’s just beautiful 🥰
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Pensacola Beach photo by Durkeecustomrods
January 27, 2019
Durkeecustomrods
Had a school of AJs come up around the boat so I grab the gun and jumped in and popped a couple!