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Gulf Islands National Seashore


Run by the National Park Service, the seashore surround diverse beaches, picnic areas, campsites, historic places and numerous wildlife from Florida’s border to the eastern tip of Santa Rosa Island. 80% of the preserved area actually situated under water. There are snowy-white beaches, sparkling blue waters, fertile coastal marshes, and dense maritime forests. Travellers can explore 19th century forts, enjoy shaded picnic areas, hike on winding nature trails, and camp in comfortable campgrounds.

Perdido Key Beach


Component of the Gulf Island National Seashore, this barrier island situated west of Pensacola is a invisible retreat where you can fish, sunbathe, swim, surf or only relax along the award-winning beaches and preserved dunes.

Big Lagoon State Park


On the mainland through from Perdido Key Beach, 712-acre Big Lagoon State Park is another sanctuary for hiking, boating, and swimming, fishing and camping. A 40-foot watching tower at the East Beach area offers a panoramic view of Big Lagoon, the park and Gulf Islands National Seashore through the Intracoastal Waterway.

Fort Pickens


Situated at western end of Pensacola Beach, this area provides a secluded, pristine beach as well as a small bit of history thanks to the fort, which was one of three local forts constructed in the 1820s to preserve Pensacola Bay. The park also contains a museum, campgrounds, boardwalks and facilities.

Pensacola Beach


Pensacola Beach invades nearly eight miles of the 40-mile-long Santa Rosa barrier island. It is encompassed by the Santa Rosa Sound to the north, the Gulf of Mexico to the south and on either side by the federally preserved Gulf Islands National

Naval Live Oaks


Not simply is the Gulf Islands National Seashore headquartered here in Gulf Breeze, but this area characteristic more than 1,000 acres of woods and waterfront ideal for walking and wading. This protected area is a refuge for a variety of preserved species of small animals, birds and plants, the most famous being the live oak, which was used to make Navy ships in the 1700s because of its unusual strength and natural shape.






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