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Welcome to Florida!
State in the extreme SE United States. A long, low peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is bordered by Georgia and Alabama.
Area: 58,560 sq mi (151,670 sq km) Population: 19.89 million (2014) Capital: Tallahassee Largest city: Jacksonville Nickname:Sunshine State Motto: “In God We Trust” State bird: Mockingbird State flower: Orange blossom State tree: Sabal palmetto palm
Tourism plays a primary role in the state’s economy; in 1996 visitors to Florida spent over $48 billion. Walt Disney World, a massive cluster of theme parks near Orlando that is one of the world’s leading tourist attractions; Universal Studios, a combination theme park and film and television production facility, also near Orlando; and other attractions draw millions yearly.
Famed beaches, such as those at Miami Beach , Daytona Beach , and Fort Lauderdale , attract hordes of vacationers. With more than 4,000 sq mi (10,360 sq km) of inland water and with the sea readily accessible from almost anywhere in the state, Florida is a fishing paradise. Other attractions include Everglades National Park, with its unusual plant and animal life; Palm Beach , with its palatial estates; and Sanibel Island’s picturesque resorts.
Famous for its citrus fruits, Florida leads the nation in the production of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and market-ready corn and tomatoes. Other important crops include sugarcane and many varieties of winter vegetables. Cattle and dairy products are important, as is commercial fishing, with the catch including crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.
Pensacola Beach Information:
Dine in our outstanding restaurants lining the beach road. Most specialize in fresh local seafood and regional recipes from the area’s French and Spanish heritage. You can relax on the decks of our casual restaurants, listen to music while enjoying a meal, or visit one of our fine-dining restaurants, boasting renowned chefs and elegant dishes. Adding to the charm of the Island are our free trolleys, complete with reggae tunes, which make your travel on Pensacola Beach worry-free and fun.
Fishing enthusiasts, both big and small, abound on Pensacola Beach. There are several charter boats for avid fishermen, as well as spots along the beach for children to fish. Sun seekers have an array of entertainment to choose from, including sailing, jet skiing, sailboarding, parasailing, swimming, diving, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach building sand castles. Kids can enjoy riding the go-carts and jet skis, too. Children of all ages enjoy playing the many games in the arcade, as well as testing their skills on our miniature golf courses.
Pensacola Beach has a wide-paved, multi-use recreational path parallel to the beach roads for the safety and convenience of joggers, skaters, bikers, and walkers, although some joggers prefer the sand at the water’s edge for keeping cool while staying in shape. Our climate is mild enough to enjoy outdoor recreation in the fall and winter months also.
The Fort was completed in 1834 and used until WWII, when modern weapons made traditional coastal defense obsolete. Fort Pickens has changed over the years, so take the self-guided tour and peel back the layers of history. You’ll see the plaster-lined rooms that were intended as officers’ quarters, and later used to house Apache prisoners. The most famous resident, Geronimo, lived in identical rooms along the south wall, which have since collapsed. Fort Pickens now houses an auditorium, a museum, and a visitors center offering information about the area.
The Fort itself is only part of the National Seashore’s attractions: the boundary stretches back seven miles. (Fodor’s rates Ft. Pickens’ beaches the best in Florida.) So whether you take the bike trail or the highway, you’ll find campgrounds, nature trails, and miles and miles of protected beaches perfect for sand dollar and sea shell hunting, and for picking through flotsam washed ashore from the high seas and exotic foreign ports.
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Come and visit our 52 miles of Gulf waters and protected, pristine shoreline. The Pensacola Bay Area population has grown to more than 400,000 happy people. Our high tourist season is from April to August but our winters are mild. NAS Pensacola is Home to the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels Squadron with both Fall and Summer Airshows. Because we have 343 days of sunshine (give or take a few) come and visit us in Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.
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Pensacola offers the best of all worlds to visitors. From history and shopping to sports, nature and attractions, there’s something for everyone.
The Seville Historic District is one of the oldest and most intact in all of Florida, its architecture reflecting modest structures perfectly suited to the climate. You won’t want to miss the Pensacola Historical Museum on Zaragosa Street, with overviews of the nations whose flags flew over Pensacola.
Popular with military reunions, the Wall South at Veterans Memorial Park on Bayfront Parkway is a one-half scale replica of the design in Washington, D.C. The world-class National Museum of Naval Aviation, at NAS Pensacola, showcases the history of aviation through indoor and outdoor exhibits and the museum admission is free. Be sure to catch the latest large format film at the IMAX Theater.
There’s racing excitement at Pensacola Greyhound Track and Five Flags Speedway. The Civic Center hosts their own professional hockey league, the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Pensacola also has it’s own Professional Women’s Football Team, the Pensacola Power and professional baseball, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Pensacola boasts many beautiful parks with fountains, play areas and often water access. Feed the ducks at Bayview Park on Bayou Texar. Watch an osprey return to its nest with a freshly caught fish at Big Lagoon State Park. Public boat ramps allow for fun on the water, pick up a copy of the Florida Boater’s Guide from the Marine Patrol across from the Visitors Information Center at the foot of the Bay Bridge.
Shopping is terrific at downtown Pensacola specialty shops. Stop at one of the wonderful coffee shops, cafes or eateries for lunch, or just an afternoon latte. The downtown Pensacola area showcases wonderful art galleries featuring both local and regional art, as well as traveling exhibits in the Pensacola Musuem of Art. If antique shopping entices you, antique stores and flea markets pepper the area from the elegant to the eclectic.
NAS Pensacola, best known as the “Cradle of Naval Aviation”, has trained aviators for every major conflict during the 20th century. Annually, 40,000 enlisted and officer students begin their initial training in the Pensacola Bay Area.
The military is the largest economic engine in the greater Pensacola area, with more than $2.39 billion in salary and wages produced annually by more than 20,000 active duty and military/ federal employees and 30,000+ military retirees. Additionally, military spouses are estimated to contribute $170 million annually in local salaries as part of the $2.39 billion. As a result, nearly every community business is positively impacted by the military presence.
Pensacola, FL Landmarks:
The ex-Oriskany, a decommissioned aircraft carrier, became the largest ship intentionally sunk as an artificial reef May 17, 2006, when it was sunk approximately 24 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Fla. After 25 years of service to the Navy in operations in Korea, Vietnam and the Mediterranean, the ex-Oriskany will now benefit marine life, sport fishing and recreation diving off the coast of the Florida panhandle. The 888-foot ship took about 37 minutes to sink below the surface.
Barrancas National Cemetery
The Barrancas National Cemetery was established in 1868 and encompasses over 100 acres (45 developed)on NAS Pensacola. During the early days of the Navy Yard, employees and their families were allowed to live on the reservation and a small community developed. After the town of Warrington was moved in the early 1930s, 840 civilian burial sites were relocated from the hill over looking Chevalier Field.
Sherman Field was created due to the arrival of the jet age in the 1940s. The need arose for the airfield to handle the newer airplanes such as the F9F-6(Cougars) and the TV2(Seastar), which were high-speed aircraft. The planes required higher airspeeds to remain airborne. Dedicated on November 2, 1951, Sherman Field was built with the required longer runways for takeoffs and landings. It is currently the home of the Blue Angels and Training Air Wing SIX, which include Training Squadrons Four(VT-4), TEN(VT-10),and EIGHT-SIX(VT-86). The training squadrons fly a variety of aircraft and provide instruction to both student Naval Flight Officers, Air Force Student Navigators, and International students
NAS Pensacola Lighthouse The construction of the first Pensacola lighthouse was completed in 1824. It was the first Lighthouse on the Gulf Coast and the second lighthouse in Florida. It was completed at a cost of $5,725. The lighthouse stood 80’above sea level on the northern entrance of the bay near the present day Lighthouse Point Restaurant. In 1832, the lighthouse guide warned against trying to use the light at night, when it would be most useful, because trees on Santa Rosa Island to the east and on the mainland to the west obscured the beam.
The construction of the present lighthouse was begun in 1856. It was lit January 1, 1859. A first-order Fresnel lens, was cut and polished by Henri LePaute of Paris, France and was installed and lighted by a single whale oil lamp. In 1965, the lighthouse was automated so it no longer required the Keeper or Coast Guard personnel to live at the site. The former Keeper’s Quarters houses the Navy’s Command Display Center, which has exhibits pertaining to the history of the lighthouse and the Naval Air Station.
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Community is an essential part of family, of lifestyle, and of real estate. Understanding local conditions in Pensacola is important when it comes to buying and selling real estate, but the neighborhood you choose can have a dramatic impact on all other aspects of your life as well.
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Located in exciting downtown and in or close to a unique internationally renowned historic district within a stone’s throw from a marina pier, park, theatre, shopping, and the area’s finest restaurants – here is the place! Walk a few blocks to entertainment and activities such as Springfest, Gulf Coast Arts Festival, or to the Historical District, Restaurants and Shopping.
Bayfront Condos – Enjoy the sunrises and sunsets over Pensacola Bay in downtown Pensacola from your own balcony. Luxury ammenities and beautiful views aboud in this charming 4 unit condominium located in the wood cottage distict of the Historic District. These units were designed by Brian Spencer with wide open living areas and balconies overlooking Pensacola Bay and the marina. This convenient location is within walking distance to restaurants, shopping, entertainment and the many festivals held in Seville Park. Bayfront Lofts utilizes ICF (insulated concrete form ) construction, which provides superior stuctural support, as well as enhanced acoustical and insulating advantages.
The Court of North Hill – Beautifully designed townhouse style condos in historic district of north hill. Unique floor plan with long porches both floors and balcony outside master suite. Third bedroom (or office) is tower room with windows all around and doorway onto long veranda. Gated community with keypad entry. Exterior hardy board siding and metal roofs. Finest interior appointments, including ceramic tile, and hardwood floors, marble, granite, stainless appliances, gas cook tops, gas fireplaces, garden tubs and separate showers, pocket doors, walk in closets and much more. Community pool and hot tub. All units have 2 car garages.
The Lofts at Alcaniz Centre – are located on the corner of Alcaniz and Romano Streets in the heart of historic downtown Pensacola. The Lofts consist of 27 individual residential units convenient to everything downtown Pensacola has to offer. The Lofts at Alcaniz Centre have the most modern construction methods and materials available today. There are two 2-bedroom units currently being released by the developers, consisting of approximately 1686 square feet each. Each unit also has approximately 204 square feet of balcony for 1890 total square feet in each two bedroom unit.
Gulf Beach living at its best – Enjoy fabulous views of the Santa Rosa Sound or the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Many quiet beaches for your family to enjoy. This resort community includes numerous restaurants with breathtaking views, and a variety of family activities including beach volleyball, parasailing, kayaking, sailing, hydro bikes, and fishing charters. There are many boating activities or you can take a water taxi to Tiger Point golf course. Pleasant year ’round temperatures and an average of over 320 days of sunshine per year make Pensacola Beach a sun seeker’s dream.
Local Golf Courses:
Fine courses line the Panhandle from Perdido Key, NAS Pensacola, and Pensacola to Navarre and beyond. Golf courses endowed with nature’s bounty, located at a convenient distance from the hotels and condos that await you. So just be there and let your golfing prowess do the talking.
From lush rolling fairways, to ocean views and everything in between, our area enables you to take advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer and at the same time play on some of Florida’s best golf courses.
This course has well-manicured greens and was designed with every skill level in mind. There isn’t much water coming into play, but there are many trees and sand bunkers. The greens are large and challenging with wide fairways.
This military facility has an executive eighteen hole course, a nine hole par 3 course, and three other nine holes courses that are played in three eighteen hole combinations. The three nine hole courses are tight and have narrow, well-bunkered fairways. There are many oak trees lining the fairways, and water hazards come into play on several holes.
This beautiful, heavily-wooded course is challenging to all golfers, and requires precision play. The greens are very large, fast and undulating, while the fairways are tree lined, medium width and fairly flat. Water hazards come into play on eleven holes, dogleg fairways on six holes and sand bunkers on several others.
This relatively flat course has a few hazards, including sand bunkers, and is easy to walk and play. The fairways are generous, and the elevated greens are small and have medium speed. Water comes into play on one hole.
Perdido Bay is a very narrow and long course with Salam Paspalum fairways bordered by multiple cuts of rough. The terrain is basically flat, but there are some mounds that can affect your lies. The large greens are undulating and some of them are multi-tiered. Many of the tee boxes and greens are elevated.
This course is very hilly and rigorous. Very narrow fairways and lined with pine trees and brush. Bring extra golf balls. It is the only course in Florida to host the Ladies U.S. Open. It was redesigned in 1992 by Jerry Pate.
Built along the Santa Rosa Sound, Tiger Point’s two championship courses – the newly designed East Course and West Course – feature breathtaking waterfront views, lofty southern pines, and layouts designed for major tournament play.
Characterized by rolling terrain and undulating Tiftdwarf greens, this course is unlike many Northwest Florida courses. Designed to resemble the courses of North Carolina, this 7,003 yard layout is also well known for its well maintained, smooth and speedy greens.
The 18-hole “Whiting Field Navy” course at the Whiting Field Navy Golf Course facility in Milton, Florida features 7,124 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73 and it has a slope rating of 125.
The 18-hole “Tanglewood” course at the Tanglewood Golf & Country Club facility in Milton, Florida features 6,486 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 71.4 and it has a slope rating of 124.
One of the state’s finest golf and country club facilities, The Club at Hidden Creek is well known for its excellent condition, fast greens, lush landscaping and scenic, rolling terrain. Voted “Best Course in North West Florida” and designed by Ron Garl, Hidden Creek is considered challenging enough to host the US Open Qualifying rounds.