No more than a few hundred yards wide in most places, Perdido Key, Florida stretches along the Gulf of Mexico for 16 miles. Almost 60% of its land mass is designated as a park, making it one of the most important wilderness areas in northwest Florida. It offers year round opportunities for boating, fishing and hiking.
The RV Resort is located less then a mile from the famous white sand beaches of 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.
Perdido Key is also home to the Big Lagoon State Park Lookout Tower. Climb up the 40-foot lookout tower for a view of Alabama’s Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf Islands National Seashore and the Gulf of Mexico.
The RV Resort is a quick drive to the Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama which is home to the longest fishing pier on the Gulf Coast as well as miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. The Pier in Gulf State Park is a great place for strolling as well as fishing. The sightseeing pass is only $2 and the view is unbeatable.
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.
Gulf Coast 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 the beach or spend a day exploring the area’s numerous artificial reefs including the world’s largest, the USS Oriskany.
Scenic Highway Bay Bluffs Park
Take in the sights along the highest point on Florida’s coastline.
Sail Wild Hearts Catamaran Tours
If you sit on the beach long enough you are likely to get an urge to sail off into the sunset and see the sights from the water. The Gulf of Mexico looks totally different from the water with its other worldly strangeness, surprising colors, abundant wild life and relentless beauty. One of our favorite sailing charter companies is Sail Wild Hearts. They offer three scheduled public cruises a day and their prices are surprisingly economical.
Emerald Coast Skydiving
You start in Elberta, Alabama (about a 20 minute drive) but the drop zone is the white sand beaches.
Float high above the Gulf Coast.
Perdido Key Parasail
Also offer jet ski & kayak rentals, banana boat rides and water trampoline.
Sky High & Pleasure Island Parasail at Sanroc Cay
Jet ski rental, beach chair rental & parasailing.
Bird of Paradise Biplane Rides
Take flying to a new level with open cockpit flights.
Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Company
Located in Foley, Alabama. Experience the beauty of the Gulf Coast from a whole new vantage.
Hudson Marina and Watersports
Jet skies, boat rental, deep sea fishing, pirate ships cruises and sailing cruises.
Sun Harbor Watersports
Double deck pontoons, wave runners, ranabouts, craig cats and bicycles.
Blue Reef Watersports
Parasailing, jet ski rentals & 2 hour guided jet ski tours and dolphin tours.
Blonde Johns Board Shop
Surf boards & skate park.
Down Under Dive Shop
Dive rentals & Orkiskany reef tours
Innerlight Surf & Skate
Maybe this will be the vacation to do something crazy adventurous like learn to surf. If you wanna ride the waves these guys are a great resource and have several Gulf Coast locations. They offer group and private lessons. Family surf lessons would be a great way to create some lasting memories. They also have surf camps for kids in the summer.
Pensacola Beach sailing lessons and rentals, fishing & dive charters, pontoon & wave runner rentals.
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 gear. They also rent surf and paddle board gear and teach lessons and surf camps on Pensacola Beach.
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.
360 Pensacola Beach Observation Wheel
This is Pensacola Beach’s newest attraction. It goes up 17 stories into the sky and you can see Navarre in the east and past Perdido Key in the west. The ride seems to last a long time, more then enough for you to get accustomed to the height and relax. The best part is the private air conditioned gondolas. You can read all about ‘The Wheel’ on Toes in the Sand Blog.
Fish Happens Charters
Looking to get out on the water and catch your dinner? Captain Chris Williams is a passionate and experienced fisherman and one of the most expert inshore fishermen in the area. When you take one of his tours he supplies everything you need and you will likely leave with some fish for your freezer. His tours range from family scenic tours to guided fishing tournament adventures.
Fitness on Board
Yoga boot camp and pilates on a stand up paddle board in the quiet waters of the Sabine on Pensacola Beach.