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In today’s fast-paced, technology-dependent world, there’s nothing more appealing than unplugging and setting off on an adventure in the great outdoors. Whether you prefer “roughing it” or “glamping,” the Pensacola Bay Area offers pristine campsites surrounded by magnificent landscapes.

If you think getting away from it all really means getting away from it all, camping on the Gulf Coast offers the perfect escape from the everyday.

Primitive camping

If you’re looking for a primitive locale to really connect with nature, you can fall asleep under the stars to the sound of the crashing waves of the Gulf at Johnson Beach. There are no restrooms, showers or outposts nearby and you’ll have to hike a half-mile to set up camp, but you’ll be graciously rewarded by unspoiled views of the Gulf of Mexico on one side and a tranquil lagoon on the other.

Camp and kayak

Venture across the bay to Big Lagoon State Park to enjoy campgrounds equipped with electricity, water, restrooms and shower facilities. By day, get your fill of outdoor activities by boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, swimming, crabbing or fishing.

Under the stars, next to a fort

For more stunning beach views along the Gulf Islands National Seashore, head over to Fort Pickens on the western tip of Pensacola Beach. This vast park offers daytime adventures such as pier fishing, crabbing, swimming, snorkeling and exploring it’s namesake- the towering, pentagonal Fort Pickens, built to defend Pensacola Bay in 1834. This popular campground offers 180 sites equipped with water and electric hookups and amenities such as showers, flushing toilets, drinking water and a dump station. Here you can revel in the serenity of nature but find yourself only a few miles away from the restaurants, nightlife and activities of Pensacola Beach and only a short distance from Downtown Pensacola.

Snap! Now wake up from your daydream, notify your boss that you’ll be off the grid for a while and come discover the renewal and adventure that awaits you within the unspoiled natural treasures of the Pensacola Bay Area.

Hike, kayak, canoe and fish from your base camp in Big Lagoon State Park.
For some of the best views of the beach, climb the Big Lagoon Observation Deck or check out the boardwalk that takes you through a wilder side of Florida.
Camping and canoes! Add s'mores and you've got the ultimate trifecta for outdoor fun! Many Pensacola area campgrounds are on the water and waiting for you to break out the paddles.


Fort Pickens 

With its huge brick battlements jutting up from white sand dunes and its labyrinth of arched tunnels, Fort Pickens is a favorite spot among history buffs, explorers and photographers.

Perdido Key 

A 16-mile-long barrier island linked to Florida at one end, and Alabama at the other – offers plenty of outdoor fun while maintaining the slow pace and feel of the “old Florida” that has faded from much of the Sunshine State.

Gulf Islands National Seashore 

Gulf Islands National Seashore provides endless opportunity for solitude and relaxation and miles of unobstructed views and access to the Gulf.



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