Hello! Welcome to my first post of my holiday vacation in Pensacola Beach, Florida. Yesterday I posted some pictures of the beach to just help bring some warm cheer to everyone who is suffering from these miserably cold temperatures. Starting today however, I want to go into greater detail of everything we did and saw in Pensacola. And we did a lot, so even though we were only in Pensacola for four days, it will probably take about eight posts to cover it all; so bear with me if you only visit my blog to see my creations.
Pensacola Beach is located on Santa Rosa Island, which is a barrier island in Florida. It is a very narrow strip of land that you get to by traveling over two separate bridges on the Gulf of Mexico. It is really amazing how much is built on this narrow strip of land. You can literally see both sides of the water (in certain areas) when you drive on this island. After spending three days in the car (we broke the trip up into short 6 to 8 hour drives), when we finally got to Pensacola and saw the Gulf our jaws just dropped to the floor. We had never seen a more beautiful area in our lives and were simply awestruck by the color of the ocean, the gorgeous sky as the sun was starting to set, and how pretty the city and town was. And we loved the long bridges going over the water. What a beautiful, scenic drive!
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express located right on the beach. Every room has a gulf view. I took the bed right by the window and every morning when I opened my eyes I could see this gorgeous view:
After we spent a couple of hours on the beach watching the sun, the birds, and collecting shells, my husband and I had a leisurely breakfast and then went to wake up 'the kids' so we could begin our day. After a brief stop at the visitor center, we made our way to Big Lagoon State Park. It is a 655 acre State Park located on the northern shore. It is a very marshy community and it is home to a lot of wildlife so we were hoping to see an alligator, but to my son's disappointment, we did not. We did however see lots of interesting birds like the heron below. He let me get so close to him, and he never moved off the pier. He did growl at my son when he got too close however.
Have a great day! Amy