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Pensacola is a rich and varied place, thanks in no small part to its history of cross-cultural influence, with French, Spanish, and British settlers all leaving their mark, and flag, on the region. As well as being reflected in the architecture of the region, it's also obvious in the military-infused museums and attractions, as well as the restaurants which are full of flavors and tantalising tastes. There's a lively downtown, a historical center and a beach not far away with glistening white sands. What's not to like?

Things to see

One of the major draws in the area is the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier which offers not only majestic and unrivalled views over the water, but also an opportunity to try your own hand at angling – even if you're an absolute beginner. There's plenty of kit for hire, and – if that's not enough of a draw – there's also lots of sealife to see as well as bait, with dolphins, manatees, and more often swimming close to the pier to offer some close, unforgettable encounters. If you're looking for a less busy, more secluded, beach experience then you might want to head to Navarre Beach for a slice of simple, but effective, sand and surf – it's a huge favourite with watersports fans. For a shopping experience, the Portofino Boardwalk has the lot – as well as plenty of great eateries to refuel in after a spot of retail therapy.

Hotels in Pensacola

Thanks to its brilliant white sands and the warm sea there are always people queuing to visit the region, and that's before you even consider the rich culture and history of the town itself. Hotels in Pensacola tend to be in the budget and mid-range region, but you can will be able to splash out on luxury if you're willing to pay a little more – some offer the chance to hire a cabana to add glamor to your beach experience, while others offer an on-site beachside bar, outdoor pool and fitness facility. Most hotels in the area will offer complimentary WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

Where to stay

If you opt to stay in Pensacola Beach, you'll find that the sound side of the island is a quieter, more sedate option with plenty of fine dining and culture to explore, certainly in contrast to the party-loving gulf side which has a raucous nightlife, especially during Spring Break. Pensacola itself is a historic area with a downtown north of the waterfront full of shops, eateries and museums dedicated to the military past. The military is a strong presence here, especially those linked to the Naval Air Station with its proud heritage of training aviators since World War Two.

How to get to Pensacola

The main entry point to the region is Pensacola International Airport which is located five miles from downtown and sees traffic from a wide range of internal flights from a number of major cities in the United States. From here, it's a short and inexpensive cab ride to town proper, and there are restaurants on-site if you're looking for a quick bite to eat after your flight. There are also an Amtrak station, and a Greyhound Station, ensuring bus and rail links with the rest of the area and wider region.