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Pensacola (/ˌpɛnsəˈkoʊlə/) is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle and the county seat of Escambia County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 51,923, down from 56,255 at the 2000 census. Pensacola is the principal city of the Pensacola metropolitan area, which had an estimated 461,227 residents in 2012. Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which is protected by the barrier island of Santa Rosa and connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Naval Air Station, the first in the United States, is located southwest of Pensacola near Warrington; it is the base of the Blue Angels flight demonstration team and the National Naval Aviation Museum. The main campus of the University of West Florida is situated north of the city center. The area was originally inhabited by Muskogean peoples. The Pensacola people lived there at the time of European contact, and Creek people frequently visited and traded from present-day southern Alabama. Spanish explorer Tristán de Luna founded a short-lived settlement in 1559. In 1698 the Spanish established a presidio in the area, from which the modern city gradually developed. The area changed hands several times as European powers competed in North America. During Florida's British rule (1763–1789), fortifications were strengthened. It is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags", due to the five governments that have ruled it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the United States of America and the Confederate States of America. Other nicknames include "World's Whitest Beaches" (due to the white sand of Florida panhandle beaches), "Cradle of Naval Aviation", "Western Gate to the Sunshine State", "America's First Settlement", "Emerald Coast", "Redneck Riviera", "Red Snapper Capital of the World", and "P-Cola".

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As if a sandy pin surfacing out of the azure waters of Florida, Pensacola’s physical characteristics are a major draw themselves. Bequeathing you with the quintessential Floridian sojourn, complete with eclectic beaches, some Spanish accents, and an unanticipated military culture! The Pensacola tourism FL has prime focus on promoting the culture of this place. Thus, expect a lot of good food; read scrumptious fried seafood and some signature craft cocktails. On the attractions front, points of interest with military significance dominate the scene. So, a visit to the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Naval Air Station, and the Veterans Memorial Park is a must. To catch a mesmerizing sunset head to the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. For a trip down history visit Fort Barrancas, The Graffiti Bridge, and the North Hill Historic Homes.

 

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  • Save 7% Civil War Tour of Pensacola
    Civil War Tour of Pensacola1 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    This 2-hour tour will explore Pensacola's Civil War history learning how the war almost began here and why it became the most...

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  • 6-hour Pensacola Inshore Fishing Trip
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    Duration: 6 Hrs

    Experience and explore the Pensacola inshore fishing in the bay and rivers. Fishing is always a short distant and boat ride t...

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  • Save 7% Ghosts and Graveyard Tour of Pensacola
    Ghosts and Graveyard Tour of Pensacola4 Reviews

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    Haunted houses, ghosts, spooky cemetery--get the ultimate, adult Halloween experience in Pensacola with Go Retro. This riding...

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  • Save 7% Tour of Pensacola's Landmarks
    Tour of Pensacola's Landmarks9 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    This 2-hour tour of Pensacola's historic landmarks is a great way to get acquainted with the city. Your morning tour will inc...

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Facts and Stats for Pensacola*

  • Pollution Statistics in Pensacola

    Know the pollution level of Pensacola before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 30.77 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 34.09 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 54.55 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 35 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 45 (Moderate)
  • Pensacola: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Pensacola for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Pensacola.

    • Burglary and Theft 65.91 (High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 45 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.36 (High)
    • Attacks 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 67.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 68.18 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.09 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 30 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 62.5 (High)
  • Living in Pensacola - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 42.29 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 89.99 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 44.27 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 26 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 76.67 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.86 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Pensacola

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Pensacola

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10.19 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 67.6 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 39 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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