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As a Pensacola resident you can enjoy the emerald green waters of the Florida Gulf Coast, sugar white sand beaches year round sunshine and a relaxed pace of life. Pensacola has it all: miles of serene beaches, fishing piers, marinas, restaurants, clubs, shopping and more. You can spend your days snorkeling, parasailing, diving, fishing or sun bathing and then go out at night for an evening of fine food and music. Strolling down the beach on Sunday morning is a wonderful way to start the day.
Pensacola Facts, History, and Local Events
Pensacola, Florida, is located in Escambia County, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It is a part of the Pensacola-Ferry Pass metropolitan area, and offers a huge range of attractions and leisure options for both residents and visitors. Staying here is easy, with a range of options for short and long term stay from hotels and motels to quaint bed & breakfast accommodation. Activities are almost endless, from sailing, to golfing. The area also has some of the finest salt water fishing in the nation, and anglers might want to spend time on a charter boat catching some of the wide range of fish that teem in these waters. The warm Gulf of Mexico waters are particularly conducive to fishing, sailing and boating, cruising, sailboat racing and dolphin watching.
Others can check out the many shops, arty boutiques and galleries, or the many specialty shops. For the full-family together time, there are amusement parks, water parks, and miniature golf as well as specialty and gourmet restaurants featuring fresh local seafood. There are beach shops on Alvin's Island where you can find unique gift items and beach gear, straw hats and breezy sundresses. There is more fun for the kids in store too, with colorful hair wraps and henna tattoos to play pirates. Cuban-style dinners at the Pensacola Sound and soothing moonlight walks can be the perfect romantic experience. Nightlife is quite active too, and when the sun goes down, the lights come up. Sizzling beach bands, hot nightspots, great dancing make for good leisure times.
The first settlement in the area, in 1559, was led by the Tristan de Luna Expedition. They brought 1500 settlers in eleven ships, and a colony was established on the site that later became the Pensacola Naval Air Station. However, the colony was abandoned after hurricanes, floods and famines, aggravated by fighting, decimated the population. For years the area remained undeveloped and very sparely populated, until a casino was built on Casino Beach, and held special events like fishing tournaments, beauty pageants, and boxing matches. Although originally owned entirely by the Federal Government, the land was later leased to the Santa Rosa Island Authority. The property was later re-leased to homeowners.
Climatically Pensacola is cooler than the rest of the peninsular part of the state. Temperatures are stable year round and winter lows usually don't get as cool as Pensacola proper. Summer highs are also cooler because the surrounding waters and the regular sea breezes help to cool the area. Surfing is a way of life at Pensacola, for visitors a well as residents. The island is on a sand bottom beach-break which makes for easy surfing. To hang out by the water, watch the surfers, or enjoy the breeze, head for the pier or the cross. In addition to surfing and sailing, Pensacola has great facilities and spots for scuba diving. Wrecks include the USS Oriskany which sank in 2006 and the largest artificial reef in the world provides for a colorful variety of fish and sea life. There are dozens of dive destinations around Pensacola's shores that are ideal for observing marine life, wreck spotting, and spear fishing.