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Florida Beaches Guide - Gulf Islands National Sea Shore

Pensacola Beach, Florida Panhandle

The clear sparking waters, along with a solitude of your own makes this beach a must when choosing your nude beach destination. Gulf Island National Sea Shore stretches from Mississippi to Florida, attracting mild breezes along with calm tides. If you're like me and not a big fan of windy weather, watch out for hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

Accommodations: For the outdoorsy person who loves nature, wildlife and camping, Gulf Islands National Sea Gulf Islands National Sea Shore - FloridaGulf Islands National Sea Shore - FloridaShore is your best destination. With many campsites located right on the beach, who could ask for a better experience? Not one for the whole camp scene? Visit the Davis Bayou Campground, Fort Pickens Campground or Fort Pickens Group Area which come fully equipped with water and electric hook ups. Water taxis are available for those campgrounds only accessible by boat. If you're planning on getting yourself to these islands, make sure you review the new personal watercraft regulations.

Gulf Islands National Sea Shore Local Activities: Put Gulf Islands National Sea Shore on your radar if you're looking for adventure. Enjoy camping, exploring historic forts, boating, swimming and hiking. Or, if you're having a lazy or peaceful day, enjoy bird watching, picnicking or fishing.

Gulf Islands National Sea Shore Area Attractions: When visiting the Island, you must visit Fort Pickens. Nestled just west of Pensacola Beach, this 19th century historic location saw action dating back to the civil war. If you like thrills, visit the fort at sundown, where it's said that Geronimo's ghost still wanders.

Gulf Islands National Sea Shore Area Events:

  • Polar Bear Dip: Wish yourself good luck, and jump into the annual splash held every New Year's Day. Afterward, feast on traditional black eyed peas, where it's said the person who finds a dime in their peas will have good virtue all year.
  • Coastal Artillery Open House: See what Fort Pickens Museum has to offer in April when this annual open house debuts.

Gulf Islands National Sea Shore Night Life: Home to more than a few trendy bars and clubs, the Gulf Islands night life will keep your nightlife gooving. Head out to a pub and rock out to local headliners.

Gulf Islands National Seashore Weather: Make sure you pack sunscreen. Average highs reach up to 77F, while average lows are only 60F. And don't forget to pack your umbrellas - afternoon showers are common but once the clouds disappear it's back to sunny skies.

Beach Fees: Beach fees include: (1-7 days) $3.00/person. Family rate is $8.00/vehicle. An annual pass will cost you $25.00. A Night Owl Pass (after hour's access) is $30.00. Visit National Park Service online for more pricing information.

For more information or help planning your next Florida getaway, visit Gulf Islands.

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