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“Johnson Beach - Gulf Coast National Seashore”
Review of Johnson Beach

Johnson Beach
Ranked #6 of 107 things to do in Pensacola
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Pensacola, Florida
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49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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“Johnson Beach - Gulf Coast National Seashore”
Reviewed 10 December 2013

Nicely maintained. Hikes. You have access to the Gulf and the bay. On the Gulf side it's easy to enjoy with its waves and snow white sand. Then there is the Sound side with shallow inlets and calmer waters when it may be too rough across the sand and street. Great to take young kids. Access to beach is restricted in some areas due to restoration projects. Nonetheless, there are plenty of places open and further down past the Johnson's Beach Pavilion where you could have the beach all to yourself!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Nocturne121
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“Get away from the condos”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Being a national park and requiring a small fee ($3) to enter, the beach was much less crowded than the public beaches or the area around the condos. Perdido Key has perfect water and beautiful white sand beaches. They'll let you rent out gazebos in advance, and there is camping in the park.

If you are active duty military, just show your ID, and the ranger will get you a free pass good for just about all the national parks.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Geoff D
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“The most beautiful sand beach on the panhandle”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

It is a National Park and therefore you need to pay for a park pass (daily, weekly, annual or National Park Card)
Escambia County does not allow any dogs on any beaches.
You can relax on either the gulf side or the intracoastal side. Bring what you want or need, nothing for sale. Enjoy watching the watercraft, the barges and the dolphins.
Enjoy our beautiful beaches and please only leave footprints.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Malissa M
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“Beautiful beach”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

Lovely beach. Unfortunately there is not a single strip or piece where dogs are welcome even if you are a responsible dog owner who cleans up. Not very pet friendly for people who travel with pets and do not want to leave them in a trailer. Yet, as we drove down the road we saw three dog owners with dogs on the beach, totally ignoring the signs. We kept our dogs in the truck and skipped violating the law. Late fall so the beach was fairly empty of people (except three law breaking dog owners and a few fishermen. The National Park Service was not at the post perhaps due to sequester? or low season? Would definitely go back if we ever travel without our pups. The white sand is amazing!

Visited November 2013
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Pensacola, Florida
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“Love This Beach”
Reviewed 31 October 2013

This beach is pristine, quite and not busy. They do have restroom facilities with picnic areas available for a gathering. More locals come here than tourists. Fishing and birdwatching are in abundance. You'll see dolphins, rays and pelicans.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank PlaneFlyGirl
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