Pensacola Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Pensacola

The best time to visit Pensacola is between mid-September and October when both spring breakers and family vacationers have departed the city, leaving the beaches, attractions and restaurants devoid of peak season crowds. The weather is still moderate this time of year, and the risk of hurricanes wanes, too. The late fall and winter months of November through February are considered low season, with dropping temperatures and room rates. Heavy crowds of students and families swarm the city and its beaches in peak season's early spring and summer to take advantage of the prime beach weather. 

Weather in Pensacola

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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

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March-Early September

The six or so months that stretch from March to early September constitute peak season in Pensacola. The spring months of March and April are known to attract spring breakers looking for a good time on the shores of the Gulf Coast, while the summer months are filled with family vacationers enjoying the sun, sand and family-friendly attractions. Temps this time of year rise from average highs in the 70s to the low 90s by July and August, which makes it ideal for days on the beach. Still, beginning in June (and lasting through November), hurricane season starts, and this could put a real damper on your vacation plans. Be prepared for higher-than-average accommodation rates during peak season. 

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Mid-September-October

The weeks of mid-September through October comprise a shoulder season in Pensacola. Average high temperatures drop from their summertime highs in the mid-80s and upper 70s, and room rates drift down as well. Plus, most attractions and restaurants remain open, which means travelers will get more elbow room at some of the area's top things to do and most popular restaurants. Just keep an eye on the weather forecast as this is still hurricane season. 

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November-February 

Although the Gulf's waters might be too chilly to enjoy (except in a wetsuit) between the months of November and February, the wintertime low season could be a perfect time to explore Pensacola without the tourist hordes characteristic of the rest of the year. Average high temperatures hover in the 60s this time of year and room rates are at their lowest – but keep in mind that you might encounter some accommodation, restaurant or attraction closures this time of year. 

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