2 Via De Luna
Pensacola Beach, Florida, 32561

Pensacola Beach is one of the most expansive and pristine beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.  It’s located on Santa Rosa Island, most of which is included in the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This reserve stretches from Mississippi to Florida and includes 150 miles of undeveloped, federally-protected sugar white sand beaches and rolling dunes. 

With the Gulf of Mexico to the south and Pensacola Bay to the north, you can see water on wherever you look almost everywhere on Pensacola Beach. It’s not surprising then that most local activity is focused on getting wet. Tour providers host a wide variety of adventures including dolphin cruises, para sailing and deep sea fishing trips, as well renting kayaks, all manner of boats and wave runners.

Surfing, and it’s associated laid back culture, is one of the key-defining characteristics of the local lifestyle. Several surf shops rent equipment, host events, teach lessons and hold camps. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP), the latest craze to hit the beach, is easily learned ‘sound side’ where the water is calm. You can even try your hand at paddle board yoga.

Pensacola Beach, Florida is one of the top year round snorkeling and scuba diving destinations in the US. In 2008, the area was featured in The World’s Best Diving & Resort edition of Sport Diver magazine. You can snorkel right off Pensacola beach or spend a day exploring the area’s numerous artificial reefs including the world’s largest, the USS Oriskany.


Chase-N-Fins Dolphin Tours
Chase-N-Fins is “Pensacola’s Original Dolphin Cruise,” offering two-hour tours three times a day, with the chance to see Bottlenose Dolphins below and Blue Angels overhead. Read more about Chase-N-Fins on Toes In The Sand Blog.

Coastal Paddle Company
Stand up paddle boarding is as close as you can get to walking on water and it’s a great way to see the Gulf from a different perspective. If it’s your first time, we suggest you learn on the ‘flatwater’ on the ‘soundside’ of the island. If you are more experienced, give it a go on the Gulf of Mexico. There is nothing more pleasurable than paddling out on an early morning and watching the dolphins swim around. You can read all about Coastal Paddle Company on Toes in the Sand Blog.

Fitness on Board
Yoga boot camp and pilates on a stand-up paddle board in the quiet waters of the Sabine.

Gulf Coast Dive Pros

Innerlight Surf & Skate
Located in downtown Pensacola, Innerlight is an iconic local shop that’s been in business since 1969. They rent boards, host camps and give lessons. Read about Yancy Spencer and Innerlight on Toes In the Sand Blog.

Key Sailing
Pensacola Beach sailing lessons and rentals, fishing & dive charters, pontoon & wave runner rentals.

MBT Divers Pensacola

Paddle Boarding with Aloha Wine & Liquor
You can rent a ‘beach cruiser’ bike or a stand-up paddle board in this funky liquor store owned and managed by Hawaiian native and seriously cool surfer dude Kaipo Robello. He offers paddle board lessons in the calm waters of Pensacola or Sabine Bay that will make this fun sport seem easy. Paddle out to one of the local sound side beach bars and stop for a snack and a drink. At the end of your adventure, you can pick up your evening cocktail supplies on your way out the door at their bar.

Radical Rides
This funky place offers the newest and fastest wave runners on the beach. They also host first-class parasailing adventures with experienced guides. They offer single, tandem or triple rides that go up 1,400 feet. Read more about Radical Rides on Toes In The Sand Blog.

Surf Fishing
Visitors to the Gulf Coast will notice many fisherman hanging out all day with a zen-like tranquility on the beaches. Surf fishing is a popular Gulf Coast activity. Read about surf fishing for pompano on Toes in the Sand Blog.

Waterboyz Surf & Skate
This super cool, locally grown business has a 10,000 square foot facility that includes a skate park on 9th Avenue in Pensacola. They sell custom made surfboards and great outdoor. They also rent surf and paddle board gear and teach lessons and surf camps on Pensacola Beach. Read about Waterboyz and its owner on Toes in the Sand Blog.