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Pensacola Beach outlines the Santa Rosa barrier island and offers visitors two very different beach experiences. On the Gulf side, visitors are treated to unparalleled Gulf Coast views, as well as a powdery white shoreline and emerald waters. The soft sands that ribbon the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island are popular among families since they offer gentle waves and access to a boardwalk filled with fun shops and restaurants.
Keep in mind that although the entire island's beaches are known as Pensacola Beach, there are also names for the smaller strips of sand therein. For instance, Quietwater Beach is located on the sound side, stretching from the Portofino Boardwalk to the Pensacola Beach bridge tollbooth, and it's very family-friendly with its lifeguard protection and its "quiet waters." Casino Beach is located on the Gulf and has a host of amenities, including restrooms, changing rooms, lifeguards, a fishing pier and more. You'll find this beach just south of the intersection of Via de Luna and Fort Pickens Road.
Most visitors call Pensacola Beach a beautiful, relaxing place, especially in the winter when dolphin sightings are common. Parents call Pensacola Beach a family-friendly beach, and they also appreciate the nearby dog beach and bike trail.
Pensacola Beach is located on Santa Rosa Island, and you can reach it by crossing two bridges via U.S. Route 98 and Florida State Road 399. For more information, you can visit the island's tourism website.