So let’s make my first traveling post on Urban Hallucination about somewhere not so known for its cities, the wonderful Sunshine State a.k.a. FLORIDA. Yes, I’m sure you’re all familiar with Miami, Orlando (Disney World!), maybe even Tampa. Buuuuut I’ll tell you about a little more modest part, somewhere I’ve been visiting ever since I was little: Pensacola. This is a beautiful city with the whitest beaches you’ve ever dug your toes into. Because it’s so close, to Alabama, it’s got a few nicknames including my favorite: “The Western Gate to the Sunshine State.”
I usually end up at Pensacola beach, the most popular (and most crowded) beach in Escambia County. You’ll know you’re at the right spot when you see a huge beach ball water tower in the parking lot. The pier is great to walk on, and if you want some shade, but forgot your umbrella, underneath the pier is always a great place to take a nap, hey you can even bring a hammock like the people behind me in this picture.
Plus+, there’s this little thing New Yorkers are very wary about: Southern kindness. Often, I leave my chairs, beach bag, towels, and anything else I brought along with me on the beach while I go behind the beach to Crabs or the Casino Bar & Grille for a bite. I especially love Crabs’ crab (duhh) nachos. I can return, or stay up at the restaurants for hours, confident my belongings will remain as untouched as the green bean casserole on Thanksgiving. If you want to drive a little further from the beach, Peg Leg Pete’s has amazing oysters and sandwiches.
For activities, my favorite thing to do is probably parasailing, but for a more relaxing activity, paddle boarding out of Innerlight is a great time. Paddle boarding is also a great workout, but if you want a little easier time, go across the street to Quietwater beach. I just hope you have better luck carrying the boards than my friends and I usually do. Once you get the board out into the water, if you’re trying to get some color, you’ll tan much better with the reflection of the water.