We know the best secluded beaches for family beach portraits all along Santa Rosa Island - Pensacola Beach, Navarre, Perdido Key, and more!
If you love history, nature, or just want a quiet beach, try heading to Fort Pickens, inside the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The old Civil War fort is open to the public, and you can wander the brick archways and battlements at your own pace (guided tours are also available). Within the park, there are campgrounds (both primitive and RV), and multiple beach access points that allow you to enjoy the white sands and crystal clear water without the crowds.
Portofino Island is a top notch luxury resort located on the far eastern end of Pensacola Beach. You can rent one of their beautiful sky homes for your vacation, and take advantage of their multiple pools (indoor and outdoor), spa, restaurants and adventure water park. The resort is close enough to bike (or take the trolley) to Pensacola Beach’s shops and restaurants, but far enough from other hotels that your beach experience can be private and relaxing.
Casino Beach is the “downtown” of Pensacola Beach. Spend your days (and evenings) lounging on the beach, fishing from the pier, and trying all the restaurants, from casual seafood joints to fine dining. The boardwalk features a variety of shopping options, for souvenirs, clothing, or home decor!
Navarre Beach is a quiet beach community about 20 minutes east of Pensacola Beach. It's perfect for families or couples who want to spend their time swimming, sunning, and fishing. There are a number of condos and hotels right on the beach, or you can rent a beach house if you need more space. You can play beach volleyball and rent paddle boards at Juana’s Pagoda, an open-air restaurant and bar complex that is always full of locals and tourists alike. You can stroll down the longest fishing pier on the Gulf of Mexico!
Florida's Gulf Coast is lined with a series of national parks, each protected from development and providing areas where you can enjoy natural and secluded beaches and dunes. Some areas offer camping, others have day use pavilions for rent, and others are just long stretches of beaches with nothing but sand and water. Take a drive through either of the areas in Pensacola Beach (the developed beach is bookended by protected seashores on both the western and eastern ends), or bring a towel and park in one of the parking areas to spend the day exploring!
Make a day of visiting downtown Pensacola, recently named one of America's Best Main Streets! Stroll Palafox Street for shopping, cocktails, and dining. Catch a Blue Wahoos game, Pensacola's minor league baseball team, in a stadium overlooking beautiful Pensacola Bay. You can also take a ferry from the beach to downtown, and back!
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