Families and history buffs alike enjoy Pensacola vacation rentals, which combine the sun and fun of the Sunshine State with the historical legacy and innovation of this great nation.
The city has a rich cultural history, including roots to the Native Americans that inhabited the land, and the Spanish who settled there. The Spanish influence is apparent in gorgeous architectural gems like the T.T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State Museum. Pensacola also offers deep maritime history, serving as both a sea port on the Pensacola Bay, and home of the first United States Naval Air Station.
This historical connection to the past and present, and proud military history, makes the city unlike many other beach towns.
Where is Pensacola, Florida?
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 tastings at Palafox World Of Beer (http://worldofbeer.com/palafox).
Historic Pensacola Attractions
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 of the sunny city, providing guests at our Pensacola vacation rentals with endless forts and museums to explore!
The National Naval Aviation Museum boasts 150 restored aircrafts and unique exhibits over 37-acres. 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 1869 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 20 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 vacation 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, which were active during the Civil War.
Sandy beaches, historic landmarks, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere all make our Pensacola vacation rentals the perfect home away from home for your next Florida getaway!
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