On the Florida side of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, you’ll find a bevy of historical destinations and some of the most incredible beaches in the country. Pack a picnic, and spend the afternoon sunbathing, or explore one of the many trails and forts inside the park. It doesn’t matter if you’re at Navarre Beach for a day or several weeks. There’s no end to the adventures you can have.
Popular activities include swimming and snorkeling, diving and fishing, beach combing, boating, birding and beach volleyball. If you’re looking for a picturesque beach that’s right out of a magazine, check out the nearby Perdido Key area. It’s a slice of the tropics that’s surprisingly quiet.
Live Like a Local
At the Fort Barrancas area, which is technically on the Pensacola Naval Air Station, you can take a tour of the Advance Redoubt and Fort. It’s an immersive experience suitable for any age. The Naval Live Oaks Preserve, located close to Gulf Breeze, is well-known for the gorgeous hiking trails. It’s an outdoor lover’s dream.
Head to the Fort Pickens area on the west side of Pensacola Beach to check out fortifications build from the early 1800s – mid-1990s. There are also several miles of beaches to explore. At Santa Rosa’s day use area of Opal Beach, you’ll be greeted by a bustling summer scene, or try Okaloosa’s day use area for a boat launch, outdoor showers and picnic tables for convenience.