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Pensacola Introduction

Pensacola’s colorful history is summed up in its nickname 'The City of Five Flags'. This storied port on Florida’s Gulf Coast has been ruled by 5 different governments since its first incarnation as a Spanish colony in the mid-16th century, making it one of the oldest European settlements in the country. Today the city is chiefly famous for its pristine white-sand beaches basking in Floridian sunshine, making it a popular year-round vacation destination. It’s also home to the U.S. Navy’s first Naval Air Station, founded in 1914, whose illustrious alumni include epoch-defining astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.

Hotels in Pensacola

These sun-kissed shores have been welcoming visitors from the 4 corners of the globe ever since the first explorers set foot here, so it’s no surprise to discover a wide diversity of hotels in Pensacola. Beachfront resorts encompass all the amenities you need for a relaxing getaway, from wellness spas to gourmet restaurants. Self-catering condos offer the flexibility to set your own agenda, while motel rooms provide a budget-friendly space to relax in. Pensacola hotels service a year-round vacation trade, so you won’t find much seasonal price variation, although early booking is strongly recommended at times of peak demand such as Thanksgiving and spring break.

Where to stay

Pensacola's beach is the perfect base for a total family chill-out—the resort hotels hugging the shoreline are designed for maximum child-friendliness, with safe bathing on your doorstep. For an up-close view of the city’s heritage, book into one of the charming hotels in Downtown Pensacola and enjoy leisurely wanders through the historic district. The Pensacola Grand Hotel is a cherished landmark, full of breathtaking original features, while the intimate Pensacola Victorian Bed and Breakfast offers the rare privilege of sleeping in a historic home. The best choice of cheap Pensacola hotels is found in the university area, which is also close to the regional airport.

Things to see

Tear yourself away from the gleaming white sand and glittering blue ocean for long enough to discover another side to Pensacola. This beautiful city is one of the heritage jewels of Florida, boasting many famous historic buildings as well as important Civil War sites. Wander through its atmospheric downtown to see the Classical Revival-style First National Bank, the grand Spanish Baroque Sanger Theater, and the 11-story Seville Tower, the tallest building in Florida at the time of its erection in 1910. Take a tour of the National Naval Aviation Museum to admire beautifully restored historic aircraft, ride in thrilling flight simulators, and fly with the fabled Blue Angels in an immersive 4D experience. Enjoy a scenic stroll to Pensacola Lighthouse, one of the most iconic landmarks on Pensacola Bay, offering panoramic views across the Gulf of Mexico and the historic Navy Yard, together with a small museum of local history.

How to get to Pensacola

Flights to Pensacola International Airport deliver visitors just 3 miles out of downtown, with speedy connections by bus, hotel shuttle, or taxi. Non-stop flights arrive and depart from numerous Florida and international hubs, including Orlando, Tampa, and Houston. The city is served by Interstates 10 and 110, as well as Routes 29, 90, and 98. Travel in Pensascola is provided by the Escambia County Area Transit bus service, as well as a wide choice of local cab companies. The compact downtown and scenic waterfront lend themselves perfectly to navigating on foot.