Pensacola is a sea port on Pensacola Bay, which connects to the Gulf of Mexico. A large United States Navy base, Naval Air Station Pensacola, is located southwest of Pensacola and is home to the Blue Angels flight demonstration team, the National Museum of Naval Aviation, the Pensacola Naval Air Station Historic District, and historic Fort Barrancas and its associated Advance Redoubt are all located at NAS Pensacola.. The main campus of the University of West Florida is situated north of the city center.
Pensacola is nicknamed "The City of Five Flags" due to the five governments that have flown flags over it during its history: the flags of Spain (Castile), France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. Other nicknames include "World's Whitest Beaches" (due to the white sand prevalent along beaches in the Florida panhandle), "Cradle of Naval Aviation," "Western Gate to the Sunshine State," "America's First Settlement," "Emerald Coast," "Redneck Riviera," and "Red Snapper Capital of the World."
We had an awesome vacation in Pensacola! The city is beautiful and boasts a very nice public parks system. The highlights of our vacation were Historic Downtown Pensacola, Naval Air Station Pensacola, and Pensacola Beach! We didn't get a chance to do any fishing, but this is the place for it: from the bayfront parks in downtown to the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, to some awesome offshore charters!
While we were there, we discovered Pelicans in Paradise, which is a promotional city-wide art project (much like the New Orleans Festival of Fins) from a few years back. The only question I have is... now that the city's project is over, where have all of the pelicans gone? The original locations are mostly vacant, so I've embarked on my own personal Pelican Hunt!