Destination guide

Leaving footprints in Pensacola Beach

Treading in soft white sands and floating in turquoise Gulf waters is all part and parcel of Pensacola Beach holiday rentals. Virtually all of the pads on offer in this happening town on the Florida Panhandle are within walking distance of the main beachfront, which means SUP sessions and sunbathing will be just moments from your bed. On the flip side of the barrier island, where there are also oodles of Pensacola Beach holiday rentals, a boardwalk bustles with chowder houses and pubs and carousels – it's a place to dine, let loose and enjoy the summer evening vibes.

Things to do

Forts and history walks in Pensacola Beach

Tan topped up to full? Water sports strained the muscles a little? No worries – Pensacola Beach holiday rentals are also surrounded by history and heritage. Head for the National Naval Aviation Museum. It's an acclaimed institution that celebrates the innovations of naval aircraft and flying – and the purring propellers and whirring jet fighters should be enough to keep any enthusiast happy. Then delve into immersive Historic Pensacola, a living museum of period-dressed entertainers and recreated homes; it's bound to transport you back centuries.


Pensacola Beach – a gateway to the Gulf

Pensacola is a water sports heaven. Whether you're wobbling on a stand-up paddleboard on the light swells around the central beach or whizzing out to meet dolphin pods as they glide through the waves, it's easy to make a splash. Sailing excursions around the barrier isles of the panhandle are the province of the local yacht charters, while families who've set aside a tad too much sunbathing time might want to drop in boogieboarding sessions, a little pontooning on the Santa Rosa Sound or some sea kayaking up and down the beaches.


Red-hot summers await in Pensacola Beach

Unlike in the south of the Sunshine State – a favourite of winter holidaymakers – the area of the Florida Panhandle is a magnet for ray-loving travellers during the summer months. The heat cranks up to over 30 between June and September, baking the white sands of Pensacola Beach and warming the Gulf waters for the swimmers. Most say the top time of all is on the cusp of autumn, in September and October. There's a smaller chance of tropical storms then and fewer crowds on the boardwalk.

Natural features

Pensacola Beach – out on the barrier islands

It's cotton-white sands and lapping turquoise waters that will greet you as you move between the dunes of Pensacola Beach and out onto the edge of the Mexican Gulf. When those main beaches get clogged with sunbathers, it's a good cue to head further afield. That's easy, thanks to the elongated reserve of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It runs for 160 miles in total, both east and west of Pensacola Beach, unfolding with sandhills, nature trails, islands and brackish marshes. Dolphins are regulars just away from the coast, so be sure to keep the eyes peeled.

How to get there

How to get to and around Pensacola Beach

The nearest airport is in Pensacola, FL (PNS-Pensacola Intl.), located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), which is 35.8 mi (57.6 km) away.

Where to stay around Pensacola Beach?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 3,053 holiday lettings near Pensacola Beach. From 534 Houses to 2,183 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Pensacola Beach is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Pensacola Beach?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Pensacola Beach:

  • Treehouse: 222 holiday homes
  • Villa Primera: 552 holiday homes
  • White Sands Cottages: 191 holiday homes
  • Toilla Segunda: 422 holiday homes
  • Villa Sabine: 505 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Pensacola Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Pensacola Beach. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Gulf Islands National Seashore: 2,377 holiday lettings
  • Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier: 3,088 holiday lettings
  • Portofino Boardwalk: 3,089 holiday lettings
  • Water Warrior: 2,976 holiday lettings
  • Fort Pickens: 4,514 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Pensacola Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pensacola Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 534 Houses in Pensacola Beach. Our other popular types of Pensacola Beach holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 2,183 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 18 self catering accommodations
  • Townhouses: 257 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Pensacola Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 2,442 holiday homes with pool available in Pensacola Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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