is located on the Florida Panhandle or “Emerald Coast,” just east of the Alabama State line near Pensacola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Just five miles southeast of the city lies a narrow barrier island that is home to Pensacola Beach. This island, which sits between the Gulf of Mexico and the town of Gulf Breeze has gorgeous white sand beaches, nature areas, and a myriad of water sports such as swimming, snorkeling, wreck diving, fishing, parasailing, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. It is also home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. The 1,471-foot-long Pensacola Beach Pier bills itself as the longest pier on the Gulf, and visitors come here daily to fish, or just to watch the stunning sunsets. On the side of the island facing the Santa Rosa Sound are eight miles of recreational trails leading directly to the shoreline. Historic Fort Pickens with its’ spectacular views of Pensacola Bay and the lighthouse across the inlet is also located here. There are dozens of yacht clubs and yacht charters available in the Pensacola region that offer boat leasing, and sailing and fishing excursions. In addition, you can find pontoon boat rentals, houseboats, sunset cruises and more. For docking, there are several full service boat yards and marinas in the area with transient boat slips, usually on a first come, first served basis.