If you’ve been following along with me you know that I’ve just wrapped up a really great vacation in Pensacola, FL! I’ve been to Florida several times with my family when I was younger. We’re all St. Louis Cardinal’s fans so we would travel down to Jupiter to watch spring training. BUT I had never been to Pensacola before so when I was asked to tag along I was really excited. Going into the trip, I had heard a lot of great things about the area. I knew it had white sandy beaches and emerald greenish blue waters. But when we arrived I was blown away with how beautiful and clean the area is. Pensacola Beach has a very local feel and has a lot to offer for everyone. Everyone who helped us out during the trip from the hotel staff to the servers at restaurants were so welcoming and friendly. The area is popular for tourists so the customer service is A+ pretty much anywhere you go. In this blog post I’ll be sharing how we got there, some of the fun activities we did while in Pensacola, and my looks! Leggo.
So how’d you get there?
We took a roadtrip! We left Lubbock, Texas on Thursday morning after we got our rental car. We hit the road at about nine that morning. This was a bit of a late start for us considering the drive takes fifteen hours but you know, that’s life. This drive really did take the better side of fifteen hours as well. There was a lot of construction on I-20 and Highway 49 on our way there so it was a long day. Luckily we made it to the hotel safely and it was perfect for what we needed. I go into a bit more detail about our first hotel and using Booking.com for hotel accommodations here if you want to know more.
Where did you stay?
The hotel we stayed at was The Hampton Inn. I’m a big fan of the Hampton brand itself and this hotel was in a PRIME location. There was more than enough parking and the hotel pool had beach access so you could walk right out onto the water. You couldn’t ask for more.
What did you do there?
Pensacola has a lot to offer for everyone. First, there’s always going to the beach. The white sands are so picturesque. Plus there is public parking for Pensacola beach on the island. Like I said, we drove and had no problems parking near the beach. And honestly, if you parked anywhere on the island, everything you need is within walking distance (we stayed parked at the hotel most of the time). There are also tons of kayak, parasailing, and jet ski rentals nearby.
Pensacola is also known for its greyhound races. I’ve never been to any kind of racing event so this was a new experience for me. Apparently, greyhound races have been around since about 1912, but really only operate in Florida anymore. We visited the Pensacola Greyhound Track. There was also a poker room if you’re into gambling. The day we went was not very busy at all besides locals that seemed to visit often. You could order food or drinks and they had THE BEST french fries. Because it wasn’t busy we had a really great view of the races. It all happens in about 30 seconds but it very very exciting. Also, all of the retired racing dogs are up for adoption to loving families.
There is also always the Cordova Mall. It is more inland but only a ten or so minute drive from the beach. They’ve got a lot of great typical mall stores. One we liked to visit was called Box Lunch. They had almost every pop culture reference I’ve ever cared about in one store. It was like walking through a store of all of my favorite things. The best part is Box Lunch is teaming up with Feeding America to help donate meals to those in need. For more local shopping there are tons of little shops near Pensacola Beach.
There is also a naval base located in Pensacola. With that comes several activities to do such as visit the National Naval Aviation Museum and the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. We ran out of time and didn’t get to visit the Naval Aviation Museum but it’s definitely on our list of things for next time. However we were able to visit the Lighthouse and Museum. It was a really unique experience. It explores the history of the Pensacola Lighthouse as well as the people who kept it. The 177 climb to the top is no joke but totally worth it. It has one of the best views in Pensacola. I would highly recommend visiting and doing the climb. Just be prepared for the workout.
What did you wear?
As for my looks I wanted to wear a lot of blue. I knew the beaches in Pensacola were white and think that white and blue are a really pretty pairing, especially for vacation and beachy outfits. The first day we explored quite a bit so I kept my outfit simple. A simple pink tie tee and mom jeans. Although the idea behind this outfit is simple, using different styles like mom jeans and details like the tie front top keep it interesting. Also pairing with trendy dad sneakers brings it all together while keeping your feet comfortable.
The second day I went with a bit more of a girly look. I wanted to take advantage of the perfect weather and wear something light so I chose a Tiger Mist Romper. This particular one I chose because of the blue color and checked pattern. It fit well with the scenery in Pensacola. I don’t think Tiger Mist has this romper anymore so I’ve linked a similar one here. I also added a hair accessory to this look by adding a pink headband. This just adds a nice little touch to bring the look together. You can pick that up here.
My last look I’ve written a blog post about already. You can check it out here!
Pensacola was such an awesome vacation destination. It’s family friendly while also offering things to do for people without kids. I would highly recommend visiting!