Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

RV Park Review–Pensacola Beach RV Resort (Pensacola Beach, Florida)

Website:    Pensacola Beach RV Resort
Location:   17 Via de Luna Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32561
Date:         March 2016
Price:         $80+tax
Site:           #2


Looking for a Gulf Coast waterfront RV Park that has an in-town location within walking distance to lots of fun things to do?  Check out Pensacola Beach RV Park along the beautiful Florida Panhandle.  The park is located on Santa Rosa Sound and just a short walk across the street to the emerald waters and sugar white sands of the Gulf of Mexico.  Within just a few blocks (and well within walking distance) are Casino Beach, the gulf fishing pier, Quietwater Boardwalk, plenty of restaurants, beach stores, bars, liquor store and lots of other things to do. 

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Site description: 

This park is very big rig-friendly with wide roads, angled sites that are long enough to fit RV and tow car, and is well laid out for all size RVs.  All roads, sites and patios are paved and perfectly level.  Sites include 50/30 amp, water, sewer, cable and wifi. 

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As with many in-town sites where real estate is expensive, the sites are tight with not much space between them. 

There are 72 sites consisting of three levels – premium waterfront, deluxe, and standard.  The waterfront sites overlook a beach area with an unobstructed view.  Prices range from $60 – $125/night depending on where you are in the park and the season.

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All sites have picnic tables on a concrete slab – albeit some are awkwardly located to the rear of the site. 

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Amenities:

Amenities include swimming pool, beach and water access on the bay, laundry, club house, a playground, and outdoor picnic/gathering area with tables and BBQ grill.  Two dog parks are located on the property but they are super small.  Restrooms and showers were nice and clean. 

There is a service that rents beach chairs with umbrellas and cushions and kayaks/canoes/stand up paddleboards.

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Surrounding area:

Lots to do and see here.  There are plenty of restaurants and activities within just a few blocks and within walking distance.  The biggest draw here is the beach – which is understandable when you see the pretty white sand and clear water.  Within about 10 miles is Gulf Islands National Seashore which is a great place to visit.  At the seashore you’ll find hiking/biking trails, historic sites to explore, a museum, and interesting ranger-led tours.  There is also a fishing pier and a place to launch a kayak/canoe.

Downtown Pensacola is approximately nine miles away and well worth a visit.  The revitalized downtown has nice shopping and restaurants.  The cultural scene in Pensacola is thriving with an art museum, ballet, symphony, and plenty of other interesting historical museums.  A trip downtown would not be complete without a trip to Joe Patti’s – the best seafood market in the area.

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Another not-to-miss place in Pensacola is the Museum of Naval Aviation.  Go early on Tuesday morning and you can watch the Blue Angels practice and then meet them in the museum afterwards.  The museum and show are free and well worth going to. 

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What we liked:

No doubt our favorite part of this park was the location.  It is right on the sound which is a great place to sit and relax.  We could easily launch our kayaks or take Spirit for a swim.  Within walking distance is Quietwater Boardwalk where there are bars, shops, and restaurants.  Down just a little further is The Sandshaker bar which makes the world’s original Bushwhacker (don’t forget to get an extra shot of Bacardi 151 on top). 
The not so good:

At $80+tax/night the price is steep and the downfall of this park.  But you are paying for the amenities and location.  

Spirit’s two cents:  

Spirit liked the access to water and was plenty happy to swim in the salty sound.  The park is very small so there is not much room to walk dogs within the park.  But, there are paved sidewalks outside the park which mean you could walk for miles.  Two dog parks are located in the RV park but are super small.  Pensacola Beach does offer two dog beaches but dogs must be on a leash.

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