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Gulf Islands National Seashore - Florida District
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Owner description: This 150-mile stretch of seashore, which runs from Cat Island in Mississippi to Santa Rosa Island in Florida, offers sparkling blue water and many beautiful beaches along the way.
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“Beautiful!”
Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

Wow! Not much more to say than that. Don't forget the sunscreen. Even though it wasn't warm when we were there in March the sun reflects off the sand. Sunscreen or sunburn, your choice :-).

Visited March 2014
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“Nice getaway while visiting Pensacola Beach”
Reviewed 10 April 2014

A trip to Gulf Islands National Seashore provides a nice respite from the resort area of the island while visiting Pensacola Beach. The area features unspoiled and lightly touched beach areas of its own, including some places where you feel like you're driving a few yards from the surf. Bike lanes line the main road making it easy for bikers to get in and out. Fort Pickens, a fort with history stretching from the War of 1812 to WWII, is the highlight of a visit. One can also visit a number of WWII era gun batteries as a reminder that the U.S. once prepped for domestic attack from enemies during the world war.

Visited April 2014
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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“A must-see along the Gulf!”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

If you have the time and find yourself in the Florida Panhandle… make sure you head to Santa Rosa island to visit Gulf Islands National Seashore to see Fort Pickens. This picturesque fort was built in the 1830s and named after a Revolutionary War general – Andrew Pickens. Fort Pickens has an interesting military and human history. As times changed, so did the military uses for the fort. Concrete gun batteries and other structures in the park reflect different periods of military history. Apache prisoners, including Geronimo, were held prisoner here in the late 1880s.

Vehicle entrance to the park is only $8 and your entrance receipt is valid for 7 days.

Gulf Island NS at Fort Pickens does have camping and can accommodate Big Rigs; however, you may have trouble parking at the fort itself. Although there are 3 or 4 spots labeled for RVs, you may find cars blocking your way. There is additional parallel parking near the fishing pier with an amazing view of the lighthouse.

Visited March 2014
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indiana
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“Nice place for walks”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

The Pensacola Beach isn't great for long beach walks, so we came out to see the Fort, and returned to the National Seashore for longer hikes. Well-marked and easy trails.

Visited April 2014
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Unbelievable”
Reviewed 8 April 2014

If you want to see Florida at its very best ,you must go to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The dollar fee to cross the bridge from Pensacola is the cost of a trip to paradise. You don't need to go off to a south sea island for white sand, crisp clear waves and peace away from the rest of the world. It is wonderful that no one has been allowed to build beyond Pensacola Beach. Driving at just 35mph allows you time to enjoy and there are great places to park on the shore to enjoy the beach.

Visited April 2014
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