Casino Beach Pensacola is a delightful public beach that has long attracted visitors. Its allure is largely in its overall beauty and its ease of access. Situated on the Gulf of Mexico side in central Pensacola Beach, Casino Beach begins just south of the Bob Sikes Bridge. Also close by is the intersection of Fort Pickens Road and Pensacola Beach Boulevard. You'll know you've found the right spot once you see the water tower that looks like it is capped with a giant beach ball and the lengthy Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier.
Casino Beach is both long and wide, so while it figures among the most popular beaches in Pensacola, visitors can most often find a spot without any hassle. In the peak summer season, lifeguards are on duty to help keep beachgoers safe, and you can also expect to find them working during the busy spring break season. In addition to lifeguard towers, the Casino Beach Pensacola facilities include showers, picnic tables, and the Gulfside Pavilion. The pavilion hosts a free summer concert series that is just one of many events in Pensacola that are worth keeping in mind when looking for fun things to do.
Casino Beach can be a great place to go if you want to go swimming, build sandcastles, or do some quality sunbathing during your Pensacola vacation. It can also be a fine place to visit if you want to check out the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier. This pier is one of the longest that you will find on the Gulf of Mexico, and you can do more than stroll to its edge and enjoy the views. It is a particularly good fishing spot, thanks in part to the bait and tackle shop and the fact that you are free to take your catch home with you. Other facilities on the pier include a gift shop and a restaurant.
It should be noted that just across from Casino Beach on the Santa Rosa Sound side of Pensacola Beach is where you will find The Boardwalk. Lining this popular strip are shops and restaurants, and if you are interested in enjoying the nightlife, you might be interested to know that it is also home to nightclubs. Also close to Casino Beach are a number of Pensacola Beach hotels and vacation rentals, so finding a place to stay in the general area should be a breeze.
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