From Mississippi’s Cat Island to Florida’s Okaloosa Island, the Gulf Islands National Seashore spans 160 miles along the northern Gulf Coast. kept secret by locals, the allure of this natural coastline is starting to capture the attention of tourists to the Pensacola Beach area.
Discover 5 Reasons Tourists Love the Gulf Islands National Seashore…
1. Pristine Beaches
The protected beaches of Florida’s Gulf Islands National Seashore are revered for sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters. Considered some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, the beaches of the Gulf Islands National Seashore are definitely a sight to behold. Stop in to one of the private beach accesses in the following areas…
Perdido Key – This location is perfect for all sorts of outdoor fun! Fish, hike, swim, and bike this section of the Gulf Islands National Seashore year-round, and rest easy with lifeguards on duty during the summer months! Check out a Live Webcam of the Perdido Key Area online!
Naval Live Oaks – 7.5 miles of hiking trails, calm, shallow waters, and NO entrance fee make Naval Live Oaks a great family-friendly destination along the Seashore.
Santa Rosa Day Use – The Santa Rosa Day Use Area includes the beach along Highway 399. Opal Beach is a popular destination in this part of the Seashore that is just minutes from Pensacola Beach!
For more info on nearby beaches visit The Beaches of Pensacola Beach
2. Exotic Wildlife
From sea turtles to sea birds, to the countless species of fish and marine mammals, the Gulf Islands National Seashore is your source for rare wildlife.
3. Historical Sites
Fascinating historical sites lie among the Seashore. Most notable in the Pensacola Beach area is Fort Pickens (pictured right), named after American war hero Andrew Pickens. The fort was built in 1834 and saw action in several wars.
4. Private Facilities
From campgrounds to private pavilions, several stops along the Seashore offer an unparalleled position to plan your next trip! Host your wedding ceremony or camp-out with the family at a nearby park. Learn more about Gulf Islands National Seashore Fees & Passes online.
Not sure what to bring to the Seashore? Check out our list of What to Bring to Pensacola Beach.
5. Resounding Recreation
From boating to fishing to a good-ole-fashioned day at the beach, there is so much to do at the Florida Gulf Islands National Seashore! Many of the Seashore parks offer on-site rentals and supplies. Remember to check the park rules before fishing, hunting, or participating in any activities that could interfere or injure the local wildlife.