Destination guide

Paradise in Pensacola Beach vacation home rentals

With white sandy beaches set against the clear blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you'll be pretty sure you're in paradise. From a boardwalk full of shops and restaurants to an eco-trail you can share with sea turtles, the entire island is full of the laid-back magic that beach vacations are made of. Pick a Pensacola vacation rental on the Gulf or by Pensacola Bay, and end each day with a cold drink in hand, looking out for dolphins, wondering if it's possible to just never leave.

Things to do

Places to visit near Pensacola Beach vacation rentals

Though the Pensacola Beach Pier is a notable fishing post, at 1,470 feet long, it's also one of the longest piers on the Gulf of Mexico. The nearby Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, just a short drive onto the mainland, might attract any history buffs in your crew, as will Fort Pickens. This ruined pre-Civil War fortress was in use through WWII, and is located in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Book a Pensacola Beach vacation rental right on the coast to fully experience the area's top attraction: the crystal clear waters of the Gulf.

Activities

Activities near Pensacola Beach vacation homes

A stroll along the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk will introduce you and your crew to all the shops and restaurants you'll need, plus an amphitheater featuring live music and regular festivals. Take a free trolley ride around the whole of Santa Ana Island, or book a dolphin-watching tour if the season is right. Opt for a hike or bike ride along the Pensacola Beach Eco-Trail, keeping an eye out for the wildlife that shares the island with visitors, or spend a night under stars and away from your Pensacola Beach vacation rental at 1 of the nearby campsites.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Pensacola Beach vacation homes

Summers in Pensacola Beach are notoriously hot and humid, though that doesn't deter most people—it's still one of the region's peak travel seasons. Late April through May, and September through mid-October bring more moderate temps and smaller crowds, all with conditions that will still let you enjoy a dip in the Gulf. Winter in the Panhandle can be surprisingly chilly, but prices are lower and crowds are practically non-existant. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, so be sure to keep an eye on the forecast.

Natural features

Sunny days full of sandy beaches and sea turtles

Pensacola Beach is situated on the narrow Santa Rosa island, which features 22 miles of white, sandy beaches and is 1 of the world's longest barrier islands. Pensacola Beach is blessed with the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico on 1 side, and the bay on the other. The nearby Opal Beach is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, and visitors looking to fish will enjoy a day on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier and Observation Post. The Pensacola Beach Eco-Trail is an ideal place to spot some local wildlife, including sea turtles.

How to get there

How to get to and around Pensacola Beach

The nearest airport is in Pensacola, FL (PNS-Pensacola Intl.), located 10 mi (16.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Fort Walton Beach, FL (VPS-Northwest Florida Regional), which is 35.8 mi (57.6 km) away.

Family friendly

Family fun near Pensacola vacation homes

Pensacola is filled with amusements for kids of all ages. Vacation rentals are available near fun locations like the Gulf Breeze Zoo, an attraction with hundreds of animals, train rides, and a wildlife preserve, and Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve, a reserve with hiking trails through coastal wildlife habitats. Kids will like the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, a turtle sanctuary with exhibits, and Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, a unique beachside center with marine science.

Good for couples

Couple's getaway in Pensacola vacation homes

If you’re looking for a couple’s retreat, the peaceful shores of Pensacola Beach are perfect. Vacation homes can be found near romantic places like Quietwater Beach Boardwalk, a boardwalk with an amphitheater, a sandy beach, trendy restaurants, and a variety of shops, and Opal Beach, an idyllic white-sand beach with picnic areas and calm water. You may also enjoy the Casino Beach, a busy beach area with a pier with restaurants and amusements.

Where to stay around Pensacola Beach, FL?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,072 vacation rentals near Pensacola Beach. From 539 house rentals to 2,194 condo and apartment rentals, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Pensacola Beach area.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Pensacola Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Pensacola Beach:

  • Toilla Segunda: 422 vacation rentals
  • White Sands: 202 vacation rentals
  • Villa Segunda: 452 vacation rentals
  • Treehouse: 222 vacation rentals
  • Villa Primera: 552 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Pensacola Beach?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Pensacola Beach. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier: 3,096 vacation rentals
  • Fort Pickens: 4,526 vacation rentals
  • Portofino Boardwalk: 3,096 vacation rentals
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore: 2,381 vacation rentals
  • 360 Pensacola Beach: 3,098 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Pensacola Beach listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Pensacola Beach?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 539 Houses in Pensacola Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Pensacola Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 2,194 rentals available
  • Cottages: 19 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 259 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Pensacola Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2,459 vacation rentals with pool available in Pensacola Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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