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Pensacola Beach is a perfect mixture of reverie, relaxation, and retail, and whether you're here for hardcore partying or a family break, there's plenty to suit and leave you well-tanned and satisfied. From the live entertainment which keeps the beach pavilion rocking in the busy summer months to the plentiful shops, eateries, and nightlife on offer in Quietwater Beach Boardwalk, this is a place where you can kick back or max out the plastic in equal measure.

Things to see

One of the biggest draws for amblers and sightseers is the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier where you can stroll at your leisure and watch the fishermen hard at work waiting for a bite, or the wave-worshipping surfers taking to the water in the hope of catching a big one. If you're lucky you might even get to spot a dolphin or two encroaching on the pier – either way the spectacular view of the ocean is well worth the nominal fee you'll pay for a wander on this eye-catching attraction. You can also try your hand at fishing yourself, with every essential available for rent. If you're more into retail than fishtails, then you might want to take a stroll to the Portofino Boardwalk which is directly on the shores of Santa Rosa Sound and provides everything from fine dining to high-end shopping. For boutiques, seafood, or wine-tasting, this is a one-stop shop.

Hotels in Pensacola Beach

People come here from across the United States, and indeed the globe, to sample the party atmosphere and laid-back vibes, so there's a whole host of accommodation to choose from. Hotels in Pensacola Beach tend to be in the mid-range area, but you can find some at the top end where you'll be able to do everything from hire a cabana for a day at the beach to enjoy the on-site beachside bar, outdoor pool, and fitness facility. Most of the hotels will offer complimentary WiFi, flat-screen televisions, and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.

Where to stay

Your experience when staying in Pensacola Beach will depend on whether you're here for partying or relaxation, and luckily both are catered for separately. You'll find that the sound side of the island is all geared up for those less hedonistic visitors who are looking for the decadent seafood, the boutique shops and the historic end of things. The gulf side is all about the nightlife, with bars thronging especially during Spring Break. It's not just the night that matters, though, with bikes to be hired for exploring the area and Fort Perkins a must-visit link to the past.

How to get to Pensacola Beach

The main transport hub in the region is Pensacola International Airport which is around five miles from downtown and well served by a number of internal flights from major cities throughout the United States. From here, it's a short and inexpensive cab ride to the center of the action, and there are gift shops and restaurants on-site if you're looking for a quick bite or a souvenir. There are also a Greyhound and Amtrak station, providing bus and rail links with the rest of the region and beyond.