Bucket List Adventures- Pensacola Beach

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Pensacola Beach, Fl. –Quiet Water Beach

I love the scenic stretch from Gulf Breeze as you cross the three-mile bridge through Pensacola Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. There is just something about crossing over and seeing the vast emerald waters sprawled before me. On one side of the waterway is the Gulf of Mexico, and the Santa Rosa Sound lies on the other. I know when I reach this point it feels I am going to my safe haven, my happy place, where my own girl-child is finally home.

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Downtown Pensacola is great for sips, bites, and activities. In Downtown Pensacola, you can shop and dine, visit museums and parks, and attend live music venues. Pensacola holds a lot of historical importance and you can visit several landmarks and points of interest. Pensacola is famed for it’s Blue Angels Navel Air Show. You can also visit Gulf Islands National Seashore, and tour nearby Fort Barrancas and Fort Pickens.

I really enjoy Pensacola and I visit the beach often. Pensacola is great for weekend getaways and family vacations. Once you cross over the toll bridge you are now in your own little slice of paradise. Take your time enjoying the scenery and adventuring in nature at Pensacola Beach.

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The Pensacola Beach Boardwalk offers beach-goers sort of an all-inclusive resort-style experience. The iconic Shell amphitheater is your official Welcome to Pensacola Beach landmark. I usually splinter my time between the beach and the boardwalk.

My trip to the beach isn’t complete unless I take a stroll down the Pensacola Beach boardwalk and pier. I like to start off my Pensacola trip by exploring the boardwalk window shopping, and then immerse myself completely at the beach. The boardwalk offers multiple restaurants including fresh seafood straight from The Gulf of Mexico. The boardwalk also is home to live entertainment venues, boutique stores, and surf shops. At the boardwalk, you can get your face painted, henna hand tattoos, shell mermaid hair crowns, airbrushed tees, caricature drawings, handmade seashell jewelry, unique souvenirs and more.

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At the boardwalk, you can take a boat tour on a glass bottom boat, speed boat or catamaran. They offer both exciting daytime and quaint sunset dolphin tours.

The Premier Dolphin Cruise boards at Pensacola Beach’s boardwalk and travels through Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Santa Rosa Sound. The Premier boat cruise offers guests a relaxing and informational two-hour ride aboard a 63’ catamaran. After exploring the boardwalk it’s time to soak up some sun at the pristine Pensacola Beach!

Every Memorial weekend Pensacola Beach holds an annual pride festival on the beach. During Memorial Weekend all of the nightclubs have special events going on. The popular spots here are Capt’n Fun’s Beach Club and Bamboo Willie’s. Parking can be atrocious so I’d recommend getting a hotel on the beach so you can walk freely, or in the vicinity of the beach events and activities.

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The gentle emerald waters of Pensacola’s Quietwater Beach are particularly inviting. The water at Pensacola is actually pretty calm and the waves aren’t too big. This makes Pensacola Beach the perfect place for small children and families to enjoy a full beach day. The temperature of the waters usually always pretty warm, and sometimes it may be a little cooler depending on when you go.

Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail is a natural habitat preservation area near Pensacola beach. The Eco Trail preserves nature and wildlife by bringing awareness to protecting sea life and the environment. The Eco Trail is a safe haven for nesting sea turtles, fish, birds, crabs and more.

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The Graffiti Bridge is situated over the cities old railroad tracks. The Graffiti Bridge is ever-changing and continuously evolving. The artists paint graffiti on the bridge and surrounding area of the railway. You will see a variety of artistic expressions ranging from love professions, personal sentiments, and intimate and raw street art.

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Pensacola Love Locks is my favorite discovery at The Graffiti Bridge. Many couples visit to place a padlock on the fence as a symbol of their love and solidarity. The idea is that devoted couples would attach their locks to the fence to profess their love and commitment to one another. Then the couples would, in turn, toss the key for their love to remain locked through time!

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I love visiting all of the beaches located on Florida’s Emerald Coast from Pensacola down to Destin and beyond. Pensacola Beach offers vacationers many surf shops, souvenirs stores, restaurants and other attractions. I truly love everything far and in between Pensacola, Fort Walton, Okaloosa, Navarre, Destin, Miramar, and Panama. Florida’s Emerald Coast has beaches for days and days! So, which amazing beach on Florida’s Emerald Coast do you want to visit next?

And my bucket list dreams just keep coming true!

 

With All My Love,
The Vintage Gypsy

“I have always been the woman of my dreams.” – Nayyirah Waheed

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