The National Park Service protects the Gulf Islands. It has extensive acreage, stretching along the Gulf of Mexico from Florida to Mississippi.
The panhandle’s beautiful white sand beaches and emerald coast attract millions of people, making it an exciting destination to explore and live nearby.
The Fort Pickens area is located roughly 40 minutes from downtown Pensacola. A short drive from Pensacola Beach, follow Highway 399, with dunes and shoreline along Santa Rosa Island.
The area is well known among the locals of Escambia County for being unspoiled and has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida.
The Okaloosa Island day use recreation area is another beautiful beach that is part of the Gulf Islands.