Pensacola Beach, Florida, an unincorporated community on Santa Rosa Island, is part of a 150-mile stretch of barrier islands that run from Mississippi to Florida. Accessible by bridge, downtown Pensacola is 11 miles away. A boardwalk lies on the landward side along Casino Beach. Fort Pickens, built in 1834, sits at the western end of the island. Because of a 1947 deed from the United States Department of Interior, businesses and residents are long-term leaseholders, not property owners. Pensacola Beach is one of the best-rated beaches in America. The sand is very white and the water is clear blue, one of the prettiest natural beaches for fun or relaxation. The population of Pensacola Beach ranges from over 5,000 persons during peak tourist times to under 2,500 during the off-season. The climate of Pensacola Beach is subtropical with short, mild winters and hot, rather humid summers. Living on the water, however, provides a cool Gulf breeze during humid days
EMPLOYMENT — Tourism is the main industry. Most employment opportunities are in the tourist industry or real estate management business, but many management and financial employment opportunities are in nearby Pensacola City proper and in adjoining towns.
LIFESTYLE — Popular sites include the National Aviation Museum, Fort Pickens (a military fort built in 1829) and the Pensacola Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse on the Gulf Coast. There is a pedestrian-friendly historic village with novelty homes, unusual museums, and the Colonial Archaeological Trail. Lost Key Golf Club (a target golf set-up designed by Arnold Palmer) and Marcus Pointe Golf club are located in Pensacola Beach. There are opportunities for nightlife, but beach activities, water sports, and fishing are the primary leisure activities.
REAL ESTATE — Real Estate is rather expensive, with the median house price at over $350,000. However, vacant apartments and homes are typical of this sort of resort area, and the current real estate vacancy rate here is high due to seasonal trends. This makes finding a place to lease or buy less difficult much of the time.
INTERESTING FACT — Some of the tallest buildings between Mobile and Tallahassee are located in Pensacola Beach: these include Portofino Towers, Beach Club, Santa Rosa Towers, Verandas Tower, and the Hilton Pensacola Beach Resort.
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