Gulf Islands National Seashore

Gulf Islands National Seashore is an idyllic and secluded ‘beach’ in Navarre Beach. It’s easier to think of this place as a private Florida beach – it is uncommercialized and uncrowded. That’s because Navarre Beach’s miles of pristine shoreline do not get packed with people regardless of the season. 

With blue-green waters and towering rolling dunes, this national seashore is steeped in natural beauty, with the Gulf of Mexico on one side and the Santa Rosa Sound on the other. Stake out a great piece of real estate on white sand, relax on a float, swim, admire the emerald waves, or enjoy the unique rustic landscape with grass-dotted dunes the Gulf Islands National Seashore has to offer.

One of only ten national seashores in North America, the Gulf Islands offers 8 miles of undeveloped gulf front, great snorkeling opportunities along the coast, and superb seafood accommodations nearby. 

This national seashore offers different opportunities for its visitors; whether you’re an adventurous soul or a laid-back history buff, the Gulf Islands National Seashore has something for everyone:

  • FOR ADVENTURE SEEKERS: Guld Islands offers a wide variety of recreational activities such as snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, biking, camping, wildlife viewing, tours, rager-led programs, and more.
  • FOR WILDLIFE WATCHERS: Even though this is a secluded area with few people, you’re never truly alone. This seashore is home to an abundant ecosystem of marines and terrestrial wildlife like osprey, great blue herons, dolphins, sea turtles, rays, and shorebirds like the black skimmers.
  • FOR HISTORY BUFFS: Get a close look into Pensacola’s military significance and explore three forts designed to fortify the Pensacola Habr, For McRee, Fort Pickens, and Fort Barrancas, all of which are within the Gulf Islands National Seashore.