It's quite obvious to anyone...
Favorite thing: It's quite obvious to anyone who has walked one of the Emerald Coast's beaches that the sand here is among the whitest,cleanest and softest in the world. What you may not know,however, is that when you walk
on the beaches here, you're actually walking on the mountains-the Appalachian Mountains, that is.
Fondest memory: The sand of beach is comprised mainly of quartz washed
down from the mountains by teh Apalachicola River,
160 miles east of Pensacola Beach.It is this quartz, ground to a perfect oval in each grain of sand, that makes the beach 'squeak' when you walk on it.
Normally, such quartz has a rosy pink tint because of
its iron oxide coating but the sugary-white quartz teh Emerald Coast lost its coating somewhere along its watery journey thousand of years ago.No one knows exactly how or why.
What scientist do know, however, it that erosion of these beautiful sugar-sand beaches can be prevented.
Favorite thing: This is a new addition at the end of Palafox St, downtown. This area is undergoing a major facelift and this is just one of the spots that I find most beautiful. Just to the west of this marina they are constructing a festival park , which will include a "state of the art" auditorium. This spot is among the oldest area's of the city. South Palafox St was one of the places in my family's history.
Fondest memory: My Great Grandfather was a fisherman and then owned a restaurant in the downtown area. My Grandfather was in the timber industry and would always eat at restaurants downtown after he concluded the sale of the wood to a major industrial business in Pensacola. One of my Father's first job was in a "fishhouse " on South Palafox St. I dearly love this section of the City.
- Family Travel
Pensacola Beach and the Sound Side
Favorite thing: One of the best things about Pensacola is the beautiful white beaches. We love going out in our boat , relaxing and just enjoying all the beautiful scenery that Pensacola has to offer. The pelicans and gulls are everywhere and such a joy to watch. Of course, Our boat is not one of these that you see in this picture, but we enjoy it just the same.
Fondest memory: I have many fond memories of Pensacola and would have to say that my best memories are of my family and my parents and just growing up in Pensacola. My parents are both gone now but they still live in me through all my wonderful memories. They loved to takes us places and loved to travel. Pensacola has changed alot but it will always be beautiful and full of loving memories.
- Family Travel
Go to the beach!
Favorite thing: Going to the beach in the morning and visiting my grandparents or sightseeing in the afternoon.
Fondest memory: I love the white sand, the warm, clear water, and the relaxing sound of the waves on the shore.
Sometimes the beach can be crowded, but you can always drive along the Scenic Highway (Hwy 98) and park beside the road and find a secluded stretch of beach all for yourself.
- Family Travel
Living on the Gulf Coast
Favorite thing: When Bob and I arrived in Pensacola with a station wagon full of our household goods, our first stop was the Naval Air Station. As we were driving out, a grey haired man stopped us and asked if Bob was entering the pilot training program. When we said that he was, he said that he rented unfurnished apartments to the student pilots for the BAQ.
They were in Beach Haven right under the flight path for the base. When they were doing touch and goes, we couldn't hear the radio or stereo (we didn't have a TV). That was where we lived when we were first married.
The other couple in our building had A/C (they supplied their own - we didn't have any), and he was a Lt. jg in the Coast Guard. They had a baby. The building next to ours had a Marine and his wife an baby, and the other tenant was an unmarried Navy nurse. The third building had another Marine couple and baby. I don't remember who the 6th tenant was. We socialized quite a bit with the two Marines.
Fondest memory: I was fascinated by the ornamental grasses near our apartment. I had not seen anything like that before.
The apartments were still there (they had not been destroyed by the hurricanes), although they were painted a different color and with some buildings across from the mailboxes that had not been there before. The second photo is of Grampera Street in back of the houses about where I had taken the first photo from.
The other pictures are of the apartment complex as it is today.
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Pensacola News Journal Forum Keeps You Up To Date
Favorite thing: If you want the latest discussion on Pensacola since hurricane Ivan copy and paste this web address and then select from it. It is the Pensacola News journal Forum and it can be quite informative, to say the least.
- Women's Travel
- Family Travel
Pensacola Beach is growing...
Favorite thing: Pensacola Beach is growing and nicely, with better services although a larger grocery store would be a welcomed addition. The Beach is a pleasant close retreat from New Orleans not as far a drive as Destin the usual New Orleans beach resort town. And there are new festivals along with the Greek and Mardi Gras celebrations.
Enjoy the serenity of the...
Favorite thing: Enjoy the serenity of the world's whitest beaches. The glow of the emerald water mixed with the burning orange sunset provides a beautiful scene. Because of Pensacola's hitorical signifigance as the first settlement in North America, standing on the beaches you can imagine that you stand where those who first came to the United States stood.
Visit Pensacola Beach to surf...
Favorite thing: Visit Pensacola Beach to surf and fish the most beautiful waters in Florida. Innerlight Surf Shop has all the information you will need to guarantee a good visit to Florida.
Fondest memory: Relaxing under the Florida sun while fishing for some of the most exciting species of saltwater fish or surfing until the fall of night.
Definitely the beaches.
Favorite thing: Definitely the beaches.
Fondest memory: The beaches are perfectly white, with the multi-shades of blues and greens of the water, the waves crashing upon the shore, the refreshing sea breeze (lol), who could ask for more?
Bay Bluffs Park
Favorite thing: Overlooking Escambia Bay, Bay Bluffs Park is located on US 90 within the city limits of Pensacola. An intricate series of staircases and plank trails leads down the hillside. Interesting dense vegetation and attractive views of the expanse of water.
- Hiking and Walking
Plaza Ferdinand VII
Favorite thing: Pensacola's historic ties to Bourbon Spain are illustrated in the Plaza Ferdinand VII, named after the early 19th century monarch whose government was responsible for the cession of Florida to the new United States in 1821.
Future American President Andrew Jackson was the US official who presided over the official transferal ceremony. A bust of Jackson looks with satisfaction upon the surrounding park.
The central obelisk in the Plaza is dedicated to the memory of William Dudley Chipley, railway magnate responsible for building railways across the Florida panhandle - and also a one-term mayor of Pensacola.
- Historical Travel
Historical Marker for the 1559 Luna Expedition
Favorite thing: Down in the harbor this historical marker commemorates the 450th anniversary of the first Spanish ship to visit Pensacola Bay. In 2009, King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain took part in the official celebration of the Luna Expedition. "In 1559, an expedition led by Tristan de Luna y Arellano arrived in Pensacola Bay to establish Santa Maria de Ochuse, a settlement that preceded the founding of Jamestown by a half century and Saint Augustine by half a dozen years. Departing Veracruz on June 11, 1559, Luna was at the head of one of the most formidable settlement expeditions in American history: an eleven ship fleet carrying in excess of 1500 persons, more than double the number on any previous Spanish expedition to Florida. Though the settlement failed in 1561, it was the longest-lasting colonial settlement up to that date in what is now the United States."
- Historical Travel
Desiderio Quina House Museum
Favorite thing: Historic house from the early 1800s that is said to be Pensacola's oldest building still in its original location. Desiderio Quina was not the original owner, but he is earliest resident of whom there is record. He purchased the property in 1821 and operated an apothecary here. At 204 S. Alcaniz Street.
- Historical Travel
Getting to Pensacola...
Favorite thing: American Airlines flies into Pensacola. But if you can get cheaper airfare check into flying to Mobile, Alabama and driving to Pensacola. The drive from Mobile to Pensacola is only an hour and it goes by very quickly. Check Southwest Airlines at www.southwest.com for flights into Mobile, Alabama.
Fondest memory: The drive from Mobile to Pensacola is scenic. You will pass by Battleship Park and see several aircraft and a battleship on display.