What to do in Perdido Key State Recreation Area

Perdido Key State Recreation Area is a 247-acre barrier island near Pensacola on the Gulf of Mexico. The wide, white sandy beaches and the rolling sand dunes covered with sea oats make this a pristine oasis along the rapidly developing panhandle.

This gorgeous 2.5 mile stretch of sugar-sand can be reached from two parking area located on the south side of State Route 292. Each offers picnic pavilions and modern bathhouses. Between the two locations, there are a total of 50 picnic tables and 8 picnic shelters. During the summer weekends, this park is usually filled to capacity.

Anglers are invited to surf fish anywhere along the coast. Usual catches include speckled trout, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish, and redfish.

People come to this fabulous beach to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, canoeing, saltwater fishing, picnicking and partake in seasonal bird counts or sea turtle programs. Many of the activities are in cooperation with Big Lagoon State Recreation Area.

Perdido Key State Park is located 15 miles southwest of Pensacola, off State Route 292.

The panhandle area of Florida experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The average summer temperatures reach well above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild with temperatures averaging below 52 degrees Fahrenheit (below 11 Celsius). The average precipitation for the panhandle area is more than 60 inches per year. August and September are peak months of the hurricane season that lasts from June 1 through November 30.

c/o Big Lagoon State Recreation Area
12301 Gulf Beach Highway
Pensacola, FL 32507

Phone: 850-492-1595

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