Pensacola Neighborhoods, Locations and Districts

(Pensacola, Florida - FL, USA)

Pensacola is located on the Gulf of Mexico coast in the state of Florida (FL), close to the border with Alabama. The city is divided into a number of districts, while Pensacola Regional Airport is located only 3 miles / 5 km to the east of the center. Situated at the heart of the city is the downtown district, which consists of several neighborhoods, many of which are home to significantly important historical buildings.

The southwesterly tip of the bay's peninsula is host to the Pensacola Naval Air Station, while two sand banks in the Gulf protect the bay, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. Gulf Breeze is a narrow stretch of land that sits just behind and runs parallel with Pensacola Beach. Here are Pensacola's main districts and locations.

Downtown District

Home to the Central Business District (CBD), downtown Pensacola manages to maintain a laid-back Florida atmosphere and a historical charm. Homes built as early as the 1800s sit next to modern apartments, while restaurants, shops and coffee houses are spread throughout the district, which boasts a thriving arts and culture scene. Within Pensacola's downtown district are several neighborhoods and districts of significant interest to visitors. These areas include Belmont - known for its cultural diversity; Old East Hill - offering tree-lined streets and historical homes; Gateway - one of the most popular places to eat in Pensacola; Waterfront - a stone's throw from the bay; and Pensacola's Seville Historic District - featuring Spanish brick houses, Victorian-era mansions, French-style balconies and the oldest church in the state.

Gulf Breeze District

Part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the Gulf Breeze district is where you will find Pensacola's most significant landmark, Fort Pickens, while other attractions here include the Zoo. Situated in between and connecting Pensacola and Pensacola Beach, Gulf Breeze is known as a happy medium - less active than downtown, while not having reached the ultimate laid-back character of the beach.

Pensacola Beach District

Just over 6 miles / 10 km south of downtown is the Pensacola Beach district, providing a white sandy beach and a wealth of activities for those who prefer the coast to the city. Pensacola's famous pier is well-known as a favorite spot to watch the magnificent Florida sunsets, while fishermen regularly line the sides hoping to catch everything from snappers to groupers. There are a range of boat tours and fishing trips available from the Pensacola Beach district, as well as water sports equipment hire.

Perdido Key District

Perdido Key is a 247-acre / 100 hectare recreation area, which acts as a barrier and protects mainland Pensacola from strong winds and waves, while also providing its residents with a nearby paradise waiting to be explored. This huge sand island area offers visitors in Pensacola deserted white sandy beaches, excellent fishing, safe swimming areas and picnicking facilities, and is easily accessed from the mainland.