Pensacola looks across the bay to the town of Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach, located on Santa Rosa, a razor-thin barrier island. You can get from downtown to the beach in eight minutes by car (paying a dollar toll on the bridge).
Anchored by the recently renovated and expanded 1925 Spanish Baroque Saenger Theatre, a venue for live music, ballet, and Broadway shows, Palafox Street is studded with restaurants, bars, and clubs, such as the Vinyl Music Hall (located in a renovated Mas
There are many to choose from, but Fort Pickens—on the western tip of Santa Rosa Island, part of the protected Gulf Islands National Seashore—features silky-smooth sand and secluded, undeveloped dunes.
In an 1860s-era mercantile building overlooking the waterfront, Jackson’s Steakhouse is a local favorite for surf-and-turf fare, such as steak topped with fried green tomatoes and crabmeat. Or opt for fresh shrimp scampi pizza at Tre Fratelli in Sev
Try catching a show at the Saenger Theatre, home to performances ranging from Broadway’s Monty Python to the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Take the kids to a musical at the Pensacola Little Theatre. Browse the paintings at the Pensacola Museum of Ar
A diverse population of about 58,000 includes retirees, young professionals, marine scientists, students, and military personnel who enjoy the typical Gulf activities of golf, boating, fishing, and beach lounging. On the patio at Dharma Blue on historic S