After a fun filled visit with family in Jacksonville, we headed west to Pensacola Beach. There is a nearby National Park, called Gulf Shores National Seashore, which has a great Campground right on the Ocean on a narrow barrier island. Talk about quiet and remote, from the entrance station it was about 8 miles to the campground. For the bargain price of $29 a night you get a site with 50 amp electricity and water with a nearby dump station. The gulf is just steps away and the oceanfront beach just a few more steps on the other side of the campground. We are going to be here for Christmas and celebrate the end of 2017. On New Years day we will head north (yep going in the wrong direction this time of the year) to Red Bay to get some unexpected work done on the RV which will be part of another story.
Anyway, we are spending our christmas with white sandy beaches with sun and moderate temperatures, so enjoy some pictures.
Here is our site and some of the beaches…
At the nearby Naval Air Station is the Naval Aviation Museum which is free, open to the public and on par with the Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
The RV park is right near Fort Pickens, which was a Fort protecting Pensacola Bay, and an interesting fact was the Union forces were able to hold on to it during the civil war giving Union forces a port in the deep south.
We did get a chance to explore downtown Pensacola, it was really nice they had town all lit up and decorated for Christmas.
It has been a great stay in Pensacola, and I really like the beaches here in the gulf, the pure white sand and the turquoise ocean that pictures don’t do it justice. We will definitely have to come back in this area and spend more time in the gulf coast. The people are friendly, it is not really busy and it is definitely warmer than Virginia would be.