Gulf Islands National Seashore

The Gulf Islands National Seashore is where many Pensacola locals go when looking to enjoy some quality beach time. It is also popular with tourists. After all, this divine preserve, which is found partly in Florida and partly in Mississippi, is home to numerous beaches. These beaches are wonderfully underdeveloped, and characterizing them are white-quartz sands and beautiful rolling dunes.

Some 150 miles of undeveloped beaches can be found in the Gulf Islands National Seashore, and many of these beaches are just a short drive from Pensacola and Pensacola Beach. The western end of Santa Rosa Island, which is the island where Pensacola Beach is located, is part of the preserve. It is among the easiest portions to access for anyone based in the Pensacola area, and you might fancy the fact that it is where Fort Pickens is situated. Hundreds of campsites are found near Fort Pickens and the sand.

Another popular destination among those who like to visit the National Seashore in Pensacola is the island of Perdido Key. At the Perdido Key State Recreation Area, you will find wide beaches with dunes that are covered in sea oats, so you might start there when visiting the island. Back closer to Pensacola Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore visitors will find delightful Opal Beach. As is true of some of the other beaches in the preserve, Opal Beach features bathrooms, pavilions for picnicking, and showers.

The Gulf Islands National Seashore claims to have the whitest beaches in the world, but it's so much more than just a great beach destination. People come to enjoy a wide range of activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, boating, and hiking. The Florida District of the preserve is open year round, and should you wish to drop by one of its visitor centers, they can be found in the Naval Live Oaks Area, at Fort Pickens, and at Fort Barrancas.

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