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Pensacola to Pensacola Beach

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Pensacola to Pensacola Beach

We will be staying in Pensacola July 12-15 and never been. Staying at a Marriott downtown next to bridge to P-Beach.

What will the traffic be like that Sunday and Monday on bridge and beach?

What is parking like in P-Beach?

Should we park and use trolley?

What are the "secret beaches" that only the locals know?

Will it be less crowded since we will the there after July 4th?

And finally, should I worry about shark attacks ;)

Thank you

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1. Re: Pensacola to Pensacola Beach

With regard to Pensacola Beach proper, every time we've ever driven over from Navarre Beach we've never had a problem getting a parking spot at the beach or the Boardwalk. Nonetheless, you'll definitely want to take a drive east along the Gulf on 399, it's absolutely gorgeous.

Now, about those sharks; are there sharks in the Gulf waters? Of course, but you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning twice than getting attacked by a shark there. Personally, I wish more people would educate themselves on the caution flags on the beach regarding rip currents. Far more people are injured/killed because they got caught up in a rip current than because they had an encounter with a shark.

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Traffic will be heavy on Sunday if weather is nice; less so if it's rainy. Monday will be better outside of rush-hour. Plenty of parking at the public beach by the pier/pavilion/beachball water tower. I think trolley only runs late afternoon-evening. It won't be less crowded mid-July; weekends are the worst, but still crowded that time of year. Best beaches IMO are the ones between Pensacola Beach-Navarre Beach along the undeveloped national seashore or out at Ft Pickens state park. As for shark attacks...I wouldn't worry about it but there are sharks, little ones will come right up to the shore at times. Use your head, don't swim with a ham around your neck :D

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Hippos kill more people each year than sharks. Worry about a hippo attack first. Once that happens you can start worrying about sharks. You also have a better chance of winning the lotto than getting bit by a shark, too. Also, you have a better chance of being struck by lightening six times than you do being attacked by shark. Driving is also a better chance of dying than by shark.

In other words, you don't have to worry about sharks. But use sunblock. Skin cancer is no joke.

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I was just joking a little with the shark attack, but that probably not a joke to the people who depend on tourism like Pensacola.

And yes, sun block is at top of my list. I am pale as a ghost.

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That particular Sunday should not be too bad getting out there, and here is why: That is probably the most "local heavy" weekend on Pensacola Beach because it is the weekend of the Blue Angels show, so a lot of the people that would normally make the trek over the bridge from Pensacola are either a) already out there because they are staying out there for the week(end) or b) they aren't going because they are burnt out from Friday and Saturday. Now, if rain/storms forces the show to move from Saturday to Sunday, then traffic will be bad very early.

Use sunscreen, stay hydrated, and obey the speed limit through Gulf Breeze, GBPD likes to give souvenirs.

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