The stunning locale of Perdido Key is located near the state's border with Alabama. Although it is no more than a few hundred yards wide in most places, Perdido Key is 16 miles long and stretches from Perdido Pass Bridge to Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola. Nearly 60 percent of the key is located in federal or state parks and one of the last unblemished stretches of land in the Florida Panhandle.
The literal translation of Perdido Key is "Lost Key." It was given its name by the Spanish who discovered the land in 1693. Bridges connect it to the Florida mainland and neighboring communities. This "lost" community is definitely a sight to be seen and worth the travel over bridges and through the wilderness.
Perdido Key's average temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so it's never a bad time to plan a trip here. There is also an average of 343 days of sunshine, making is easy to enjoy the weather and relax in Perdido Key's laid-back, beachy lifestyle.
Perdido Key Attractions
Water recreation is a must when staying in Perdido Key. You can go on sailing adventures, cast a line, dive right into the ocean, lie on the beach or head out on the water for a dolphin cruise. With miles of beach and sand, you're guaranteed to find the perfect place to relax as you watch the water rush up the shore and back into the Gulf of Mexico.
Golf is popular in Perdido Key and there are several clubs and courses nearby to give you the fix you're looking for. Even those who just want to practice their swing will enjoy the many clubs Perdido Key has to offer, including Lost Key Golf Club, Perdido Bay Golf Club and Marcus Pointe Golf Club. These are some of the best courses in Florida with Marcus Pointe's 18-hole, par-72 layout a clear favorite with visitors. The fairways and banks here are perfect for those of all skill levels.
Step back in time with a visit to Historic Pensacola Village. Located just outside of Perdido Key, the village preserves the area's past. There are summer camps and an annual History Fair. Guided tours are available and will lead you through T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, Pensacola Children's Museum and the Barkley House.
Things to Do in Perdido Key
Dining: You'll enjoy the freshest seafood in Perdido Key. Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, Shrimp Basket of Florida, Rib Shak BBQ, The Jellyfish Restaurant and Tiki Bar and Grill at Purple Parrot are all delicious eateries to choose from. Head over to Pensacola and dine in at Big Fish Restaurant, Boogie, Inc. and Bell Luna Bistro and Pizzeria. Fisherman's Corner, The Original Point Restaurant, Trigger's Seafood, Joe Patti's Seafood and J.W. Finz Fresh Fish House are all found in Pensacola and nearby Orange Beach, Ala.
Shopping: Villagio Perdido offers art, shopping and even more dining options. Grab yourself a souvenir at Beach Planet or a piece of local artwork at Artworks Studio and Gallery. Glitters by the Beach sells women's accessories such as handbags and jewelry. If you hit Villagio early in the morning, stop by Island Tie Deli for breakfast, coffee and sandwiches.