Today, as in the past, visitors from all over the world are enticed by Pensacola’s pristine sugar-white beaches and emerald green water. Once here, however, many find themselves captivated by its history, culture and diverse heritage. Pensacola is more than a pretty face. It’s a city with a past, one that stretches back more than 450 years when Spanish explorer Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano was lured to its pristine shores in 1559, establishing Pensacola as the first European settlement in North America.
We invite you to take a stroll through the Historic Pensacola Village, where guides in colonial era costumes bring history to life with reenactments and demonstrations, or venture to the historic Belmont-DeVilliers district, the heart of the African-American community, once known as the “Harlem of the South.”
Should you get hungry, indulge on some of the finest cuisine overlooking the waterfront or on a sleepy corner downtown. Whether your idea of a great meal is classic cuisine or fresh seafood on the deck in your flip-flops, you’ll find a dining experience beloved by locals and visitors alike. Dig into familiar favorites like surf-and-turf, sushi, and pub fare. Discover exciting new flavors like downhome Southern cooking, spicy Cajun soul food and fusion cuisines. It’s all here, and it’s all delicious.
Afterwards, stroll around town and pop in and out of the numerous art galleries and museum, this city is teeming with culture. Finally, make sure you catch the sunset on the beach. Whether you’re on a blanket in the sand, in a chair under an umbrella or feeling adventurous enough to climb onto a paddle board, we promise it will be worth it.
We hope you’ll consider the Pensacola Bay Area for your next excursion.