We like both, downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach.
If you stay in Palafox marina in downtown, you will have plenty to do from bars, shops and restaurants and history
stuff. There is a Whole Foods close if needing to restock. We berth our boat in Gulf Breeze and often take our boat over and anchor
near downtown and simply walk around, mainly during the many events
, ballgames and festivals downtown. Easier than driving and parking.
in Little Sabine will be your best bet for exploring the beach. There is usually not any open slips on the one open to public marina. It is small. Little Sabine has the best protection from wind
from all directions and that is where we anchor
during the many trips to Pensacola Beach Proper. From there you can go to the many shops, bars, and eats. I suggest oysters from Peg Leg Pete's! We usually take the dinghy
from Little Sabine to Peg Leg, but you can walk.
Our suggestion is to get a slip in Palafor Marina, then when downtown gets old, sail across the bay for a daytrip to Pensacola Beach and then back to the slip that evening.
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