This area of Florida is often refered to as the Emerald Coast; the beaches and coastal resorts from Pensacola to Port St. Joe.
Today, the Pensacola Naval Air Station is the home of the Blue Angels incredible flight demonstration squadron. It is also the site of one of my favorite Florida Hotels; The Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Beach Hotel.
Jimmy Buffet’s roots are on this Gulf Coast; he was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, and spent part of his childhood in Mobile Alabama.
My favorite place to stay in Pensacola Beach is the pristine Margaritaville Beach Hotel at 165 Fort Pickens Road. Some tourists might prefer the Fort Pickens Campground; I’m just not that girl. I want a room with a view, breath-taking sunsets, a pool that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and unlimited access to the finest Margaritas in the Emerald Coast! By the way, “Frank’s Fresh Margarita” was my favorite. It’s the one with the Gran Marnier!
While your staying at Margaritaville in Pensacola, you may want to read his 1989 bestselling novel; Tales from Margaritaville. By the way, Margaritaville is a mythical island. Or is it Pensacola? You can be the judge of that.
To get around town, you can take the seasonal beach trolley that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Pensacola is proud of its rich heritage, and has plenty of historically significant events and landmarks. For their “450th anniversary, they hosted the king and queen of Spain and brought in the world’s third largest tall ship the Elcano.” Pensacola was the first European settlement in the US.
Visit Historic Pensacola Village.
Tour furnished houses and visit one of Florida’s oldest churches at Historic Pensacola Village.
Pensacola has a thriving downtown area with plenty of shops and restaurants. I love Jackson’s Steakhouse Restaurant at 400 S. Palafox Street in the heart of the historic Downtown District.
While you are there, visit these interesting places:
1. The Naval Aviation Museum at 1750 Radford Blvd. has “360 degree full motion flight simulators, special hands-on exhibits and more than 150 historic aircraft”.
2. Historic Pensacola Village at 120 Church Street is a collection of 22 historical buildings and museums operated by the University of West Florida. Visit Christ Church, built in 1832 in Pensacola, Florida. The historic architecture was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Located at 405 South Adams Street, the old church is now part of Historic Pensacola Village.
3. Visit the T. T. Wentworth Jr. Florida State History at 330 Jefferson Street. The building was built in 1907 as the Pensacola City Hall and served as such until 1985 when the present city hall was built at 180 Governmental Center.
4. Climb to the top of Pensacola Lighthouse at 2081 Radford Blvd.
5. Camp at Fort Pickens National Park
6. Tour the Pensacola Museum of Art at 407 S. Jefferson Street.
If you need more reasons to check out Pensacola, visit http://www.visitpensacola.com/landing/3-minute-adventures
Don’t forget to go to Peg Leg Pete’s for some Pensacola Viagra!
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ http://www.vino-con-vista.com