Fun Facts about Pensacola Beach, Florida
Are you ready to dive into some fun facts about Pensacola Beach, Florida? Pensacola Beach has tons of interesting history, secrets, and stories!
First, let’s get into the basics. Pensacola Beach is a community located on Santa Rosa Island, in Escambia County. We have an average of 325 days of sunshine each year and miles upon miles of white sand beaches and sparkling waters to explore. In fact, these beaches are not only treasured by the locals, but they are also sought out by tourists from all over the world due to their solitude and beauty.
Barking Sandy Beaches
Do you know what makes the sand so white here? It’s actually because of the quartz from the Appalachian Mountains. What’s even more unique about this sand is the sound it makes when people walk in it. When walking in the softer areas, visitors find themselves hearing a “barking” sound with each step they take.
Heck of a Deal
Back in 1929, the federal government sold Santa Rosa Island to Escambia County for just $10,000! A few years later, a gathering place, dance hall, and casino were built that the locals would visit.
In 1955 a 40-foot flashing neon fish sign was constructed for Downtown Pensacola. However, it was later moved in 1962 to its current location in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where it stands as a welcome sign for tourists.
Three of the five species of sea turtles found in the Gulf of Mexico are known to nest on Pensacola Beach: the green sea turtle, loggerhead, and Kemp’s ridley. The majority of the turtles that can be found nesting in Pensacola Beach are loggerheads. The female turtles return every spring to lay about 100 eggs before returning to the sea.
A winding sand trail near Fort Pickens leads to a brackish lake just yards away from the Gulf of Mexico. The lake was created by freshwater welling up from the sandstone aquifer and gives visitors a rare chance to go for a swim in the salty waters of the Gulf before plunging into almost-fresh water just seconds later.
Pensacola Beach is susceptible to hurricanes due to its locations. The storms that have hit the region over the years have not only caused damage to human-made structures but have caused beach erosion as well. In 2004, a hurricane destroyed more than 650 homes in Pensacola Beach.
As I mentioned earlier, Pensacola Beach has an average of 325 sunny days per year. You can also enjoy mild temperatures throughout the year. The waters are crystal clear, and the beaches are a lovely white. Because of these aspects, Pensacola beach is popular among fishermen, beach lovers, and environmentalists. Visitors to Pensacola Beach can also enjoy a variety of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, boat tours, fishing charters, paragliding, dolphin watching, jet skiing, and so much more!
Speaking of all things wonderful in Pensacola Beach, if you are looking for a fun way to spend the day, reach out to me at Rock Bottom Fishing Charters! Rock Bottom Charters is located in Pensacola, Florida, but we also fish in Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and the surrounding areas.