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Top 5 Reasons We Love Perdido Key

Perdido Key used to be way more of a secret spot, but word has trickled out the last 10 years or so that it is still a piece of paradise. Here's why it's the best destination in Northwest Florida.


Laid Back Vibe

Perdido Key is a small, coastal community located between Pensacola, Florida and Orange Beach, Alabama. It runs along the Gulf of Mexico for about 16 miles, right up to the Alabama state line. If a vacationer is expecting night clubs, go-kart tracks, and skeeball, they might be disappointed to arrive to a more natural environment, where the ecosystem is still evident. Please don’t be disappointed! There’s lots of fun to be had. As a matter of fact, it’s a great place to try to recapture the feel of Old Florida family vacations, but white beaches and blue water appeal to lots more markets than Families. Everyone loves a white beach. We don’t apologize for the lack of bumper cars because Perdido Key offers something other beaches don’t. Perdido Key is a place to refresh your perspective and restore your sensibilities.


Breathtaking Beaches

The most popular comment for “Why do you love Perdido Key?” is consistently “beautiful beaches”. If someone didn’t answer with “extraordinarily spectacular beaches”, it’s only because people would think we were exaggerating or maybe bragging. Beach aficionados are impressed by the white quartz sand, so fine it squeaks as you walk across it. An endless blue horizon as the backdrop for clear, sparkling water is, well, it is extraordinarily spectacular. Bahamas. Caribbean. Mexico. Perdido Locals vacation there, too. Then they click their heels together upon returning, and gleefully exclaim “There’s no place like home!”. Perdido Key beaches have a universal appeal.


Less Developed

There’s an amazing quality to every beach, everywhere, although not as apparent on more developed and especially, overdeveloped, coastlines. The refreshingly natural side of Perdido Key is greatly appreciated by its fan base. The salt-shaped live oaks, the faux rosemary, and the quiet water of the Intracoastal Waterway are part of the wild beach that still exists here. You catch glimpses of it in the vacant lots and public accesses. Then it stretches out, in all of its splendor, for 8 miles at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. A Blue Heron flying by squawking, a red fox darting across the road, deer grazing on the golf course, or maybe even a manatee munching sea grass under a dock, are sights not to be taken for granted. Perdido Key is still a paradise.


Boater Paradise

Perdido Key has clear, azure water that beckons one to swim, play or just sit on the sand and admire the majesty that is the Gulf of Mexico. If you think our water is amazing from the shore, you should see it from a boater’s perspective. Sailing and boating are excellent in the blue and green waters hugging Perdido Key. Pensacola Pass and Perdido Pass are two deep water passes that allow easy access from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Gulf. This is very handy, indeed, for boaters. Pensacola Pass is the location of a very popular boating destination, accessible only by water. It is a man-made island across the Pass from the beach at Ft. Pickens and the lighthouse at NAS Pensacola. It is affectionately known as Sand Island to most boaters and it changes shape with every big storm. There are other great places to visit by boat like Sunset Grille, Flora Bama Yacht Club or even Pensacola Beach across the Bay. Perdido Pass is located under the bridge to Orange Beach. It separates Alabama Point from Florida Point. It also has small islands where boats love to pull up. Dolphin Cruises and charters for sunset sails or deep-sea fishing charters are available for those who want to enjoy a boat ride. There are plenty of public boat ramps for people who want to bring their own boat. One can also rent a pontoon boat or jet skis.


Fresh Seafood

If you think you don’t like seafood, maybe you’ve never had freshly caught seafood from the bountiful Gulf Of Mexico. If you know you love seafood, you are in for a real treat when you visit Perdido Key. Try some of the freshest seafood you will ever taste at some of the locally loved restaurants. We have practically fast food like Shrimp Basket and a little finer dining like Oyster Bar and Fisherman’s Corner. The Pointe is famous for its fried mullet and The Jellyfish is very popular for sushi. The Sunset Grille offers great seafood and the best sunset views but the Grouper Reuben is a real treat. If you don’t want to eat out, Perdido Seafood is tucked away under the Theo Baars Bridge and offers a great selection of shrimp, fish, and oysters. The Key Lime Pie and the Éclair pie are delicious, too. If Seafood Markets are your thing, you will definitely want to go into Pensacola and experience the iconic Joe Patti’s Seafood Market. It is impressive and they carefully pack your purchase up for traveling back home. Perdido Key is delicious.

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Perdido Key is a place where you can still get great value for your vacation dollar. There are no hotels on Perdido Key so vacation rentals consist of condominiums, town homes, and vacation houses with fully equipped kitchens and grilling areas. Guests enjoy amenities like pools, indoor pools, spas, fitness rooms, and tennis and pickleball courts. Vacation rentals range from 1 bedroom accommodations to newly constructed houses that sleep 16+ . Purple Parrot has a unique lagoon pool with a waterfall and Lost Key Golf & Beach Club has a private gulf-front beach club with a resort shuttle to pick guests up and drop them off. There is something for everyone and every budget in Perdido Key because one does not have to stay in a gulf-front condo to have access to the beach. There are public accesses with facilities all along Perdido Key Drive as well as an artificial reef for snorkeling and diving, state parks, a national seashore park, and a naval recreation area. Paired up with complimentary adventures and excursions, courtesy of the Perdido Keys 2 Fun Program, you really do get more for your money. Perdido Key is an outstanding value.

Once you get Perdido Key’s fine white sand in your shoes, they will forever feel just a little bit gritty. It’s impossible to remove every grain of sand from closed-toe shoes. So when someone falls in love with Perdido Key, we say that they got sand in their shoes. Memories of quality vacations and remarkable sights and sounds will stick around forever, as well. My Facebook friends have spoken. We can’t help but love Perdido Key.

Ready to Plan Your Next Visit to Perdido Key? 
When you’re ready to visit and discover what you love most about Perdido Key, we invite you to view our collection Perdido Key vacation homes online which includes condos, houses, and resort communities. Need help narrowing your search, call one of our local vacation specialists at 850-492-9999 and ask for local recommendations. Remember to always book direct with Perdido Key Resort Management for our best rate guarantee.
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