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Popular amenities for Pensacola Beach vacation rentals

Stay near Pensacola Beach's top sights

Fort Pickens394 locals recommend
Navarre Beach Fishing Pier142 locals recommend
Peg Leg Pete's292 locals recommend
Gulf Islands National Seashore59 locals recommend
Hilton Pensacola Beach5 locals recommend
Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier40 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Pensacola Beach

  • Total rentals

    2.5K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    57K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    2.1K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    400 properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    1.7K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1.3K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Pensacola Beach

All about Pensacola Beach

Perched on a white-sand barrier island, Pensacola Beach is sandwiched between the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf of Mexico and book-ended by the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The eight-mile stretch of shoreline is a very different place than its urban namesake Pensacola, offering a more relaxed getaway that’s been mostly shielded from large-scale development. The town is generally known for its parades, festivals, and celebratory vibe. Pensacola Beach is also one of the Panhandle’s most accessible shorelines, with wheelchair rentals and Mobi-mats to help folks easily navigate sand.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Pensacola Beach

Students and families descend on Pensacola Beach during the summer months, when the weather is hottest and temperatures range from the high 70s to the low 90s Fahrenheit. For those seeking a quieter time of year, mid-September and October are mild months, with temperatures hovering around the 70s and 80s, and are also devoid of crowds. The temperature drops considerably in wintertime, ranging from the 40s to the 60s Fahrenheit, making this the low season and a great time to visit. Hurricane season stretches from June to November, but it can rain anytime in Pensacola Beach, so remember a coat or umbrella (along with all the sun protection and flip-flops).

Top things to do in Pensacola Beach

Gulf Islands National Seashore

To both the west and the east of Pensacola Beach lies this unspoiled paradise, complete with quartz-sand beaches, sandy dunes, windswept nature trails, and intriguing historic sites. Fort Pickens, an 1834 fort on the west side of Santa Rosa Island, can be visited on a self-guided tour. Maps are available at the visitor center.

Naval Live Oaks Reservation

Another section of Gulf Islands National Seashore, this reservation contains 7.5 miles of hiking trails through maritime hammock (low forest). Knock on the wood of a live oak and think about how this hard timber was once used to build a nation’s warships.

Shoreline Park UFO Spotting

Move over, Roswell, New Mexico. Over the last few decades, hundreds of UFOs have been spotted from this park near the Pensacola Naval Air Station (which may or may not be a total coincidence!). Locals seem permanently camped out here in their lawn chairs with their binoculars, and stargazing is also a popular pursuit.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Pensacola Beach?

    Pensacola Beach witnesses a subtropical climate with warm, humid summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures hover around 87°F (30°C), while in winter it stays around 60°F (15°C). Rainfall is highest in July and August, making spring and fall the most agreeable seasons.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Pensacola Beach?

    Pensacola Beach is known for its water sports, including paddleboarding, surfing, and snorkeling. For those who prefer land activities, renting a bike and exploring the scenic coastline, or bird watching at Gulf Islands National Seashore are appealing options.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Pensacola Beach?

    The most popular time to visit Pensacola Beach is during the summer months, from May to August, when temperatures are warm and the beach is at its most inviting. Popular local events include the Pensacola Beach Air Show in July and the Songwriters Festival in November.

  • What are the best places to stay in Pensacola Beach?

    Visitors frequently choose to stay in areas such as the lively Casino Beach, the serene Fort Pickens Area, or the residential Santa Rosa Villas, all of which provide convenient access to the beach. The quieter Soundside region is often recommended for its tranquil environment.

  • What are the best places to visit in Pensacola Beach?

    Visitors typically enjoy exploring Pensacola Beach Pier, a great spot for fishing and enjoying panoramic views. Fort Pickens, a historical military fort, and the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, known for its shops and restaurants, are also frequently visited places.

  • What are some hiking trails in Pensacola Beach?

    Fort Pickens Self-guided Trail, which winds through historical Fort Pickens, and Gulf Islands National Seashore's Discovery Nature Trail, are both popular among hikers. The Perdido Key Discovery Trail, located in nearby Perdido Key State Park, is also an appealing choice.

  • What are some family activities to do in Pensacola Beach?

    Families often enjoy a day at the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier, where they can fish or simply enjoy the view. Other appealing choices include taking a dolphin tour, enjoying a picnic at Casino Beach, or exploring the exhibits at the nearby Naval Aviation Museum.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Pensacola Beach?

    Visitors often enjoy taking a day trip to Fort Pickens for its historic appeal, or have a fun-filled day at the Perdido Key State Park, just 22 miles (35 kilometers) away. A visit to the city of Pensacola, roughly 13 miles (20 kilometers) away, is frequently suggested for its charming downtown and Naval Aviation Museum.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Pensacola Beach's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Pensacola Beach's top attractions. We offer over 3,170 vacation rentals near The Grand Marlin of Pensacola Beach, and over 3,140 vacation rentals near Peg Leg Pete''s, and so much more! Experience the best of Pensacola Beach right on your doorstep.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Pensacola Beach?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Pensacola Beach. From over 710 house rentals to over 1,320 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

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