Families and history buffs alike enjoy Pensacola vacation rentals, which combine the sun and fun of the Sunshine State with historical legacy. The city has a rich cultural history, including roots to the Native Americans that inhabited the land, and the Spanish who settled there. Pensacola also offers deep maritime history, serving as both a seaport on the Pensacola Bay and home of the first United States Naval Air Station. Whether you're here for the history or the beaches, there's something at our Pensacola vacation homes for everyone.
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Pensacola is in the westernmost Florida Panhandle, along the Pensacola Bay. The beachside city is protected by the Santa Rosa barrier island, which connects into the Gulf of Mexico. Modern attractions include family fun at the Gulf Breeze Zoo and sunny days at one of the city's adjacent beaches.
The city is nicknamed “The City of Five Flags” because of the five national governments who have controlled the area. Each government left a unique mark on the culture and landscape, providing guests at our Pensacola condo rentals with endless forts and museums to explore.
The National Naval Aviation Museum boasts 150 restored aircrafts and unique exhibits. Sign up for a 3D flight simulator, watch a movie on the IMAX, or view a live presentation from the Blue Angels Flight Squadron! Climb the 177 steps the active Pensacola Lighthouse & Museum, which offers breathtaking views of the Pensacola Pass, the historic Navy Yard, and three forts. The lighthouse even offers ghost tours in the historic keeper’s quarters.
The past comes alive at Historic Pensacola Village which offers self-guided museum tours from the Museums of Commerce and Industry, Julee Panton Cottage, Manuel Barrios Cottage, and the McMillen House. Living history programs and walking tours occur throughout the village, which consists of many historic properties. A trip to Gulf Island will reveal Fort Barrancas, which sits on a bluff overlooking the bay. The fort was built in 1763 by the British Royal Navy.
Pack your flip flops, bikinis, and sand shovels for your next stay in a Pensacola condo rental. The city offers beautiful beaches, which have become hot spots for both families and college students on spring break. Johnson Beach is quiet, with sandy beaches, picnic shelters, and sand dunes perfect for families. The Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is ideal for fishing for King Mackerel and viewing wildlife such as dolphins and manatees!
Pensacola Beach on Santa Rosa Island is the most popular beach, offering emerald-green waters and sugar-white sand beaches. The island offers something for everyone, including snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding, and parasailing. The Gulf Islands National Seashore offers a more peaceful retreat with sandy swimming beaches, and historic landmarks like Fort Massachusetts, Fort Pickens, and Fort Barrancas.
Sandy beaches, historic landmarks, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere all make our Pensacola vacation rentals or beach rentals the perfect home away from home for your next Florida getaway.
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