Pensacola Beach, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Florida’s panhandle, is home to nearly 52,000 residents. The city, also known as the “City of Five Flags” for its diverse history, is best known as the home of the Navy’s Blue Angels flying team, the white sand beaches, and the annual Gulf Coast Arts Festival.
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Pensacola Beach Schools
School age children that live in Pensacola Beach attend the public schools of the Escambia County School District. The district, which has an enrollment of around 40,000 students, owns and manages 51 schools, including 32 elementary schools, 10 middle schools and seven high schools. In addition, there are several private schools in the area, including Pensacola Christian Academy and Pensacola Catholic High School.
For higher education, Pensacola Beach is close to a number of excellent colleges and universities, including Pensacola State University, the University of West Florida and Pensacola Christian College.
Recreation and Parks in Pensacola Beach
One of the best things about living in the Florida panhandle area is the large number of beautiful, uncrowded beaches, the close proximity of the Gulf of Mexico and the large number of parks and green spaces. Favorite parks and beaches include Big Lagoon State Park and Perdido Key State Park. Golf is a popular pastime in this part of Florida, and Pensacola is home to dozens of public and private courses, such as Osceola Municipal Golf Course and Scenic Hills Country Club.
Pensacola Beach Weather
The weather in Pensacola Beach is noted for its short, mild winters and hot, humid summers. The average high temperature in January is 60.5 degrees Fahrenheit and the average high in July is 90 degrees. Snow is very rare is this area.
Pensacola Beach Amenities
There is plenty to see and do in and around the Emerald Coast, as the area surrounding Pensacola is called. In addition to the Gulf of Mexico beaches, residents can visit the National Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Bay (Arts) Center and Fort Pickens, a military installation that dates back to the Civil War.
The City of Pensacola also hosts a number of special events throughout the year, including the Great GulfCoast Arts Festival, an event that draws more than 200 artists from around the country; the Pensacola Seafood Festival and Pensacon, a regional comic-con style event.
Shopping enthusiasts will enjoy scouring the many art galleries and independent retailers in downtown Pensacola as well as Cordova Mall and University Town Plaza.
The area is filled with notable restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, many offering freshly-caught fish from the Gulf. Local favorites include Just Fish and Grits, End of the Line Cafe for vegan fare and the Oar House for fresh seafood with a stunning water view.