City of Five Flags

We’re just beginning to discover the Pensacola area and it is a very nice city. One of the things we like about it is the size. It has all the shopping that you would ever need but the actual size is so compact that it is easy to get anywhere in just minutes. Pensacola is nicknamed “The City of Five Flags” due to the five governments that have flown flags over it during its history. They include the flags of Spain, France, Great Britain, the Confederate States of America, and the United States.

Today Art had to go to the downtown post office to pick-up a general delivery of a textbook he needs for an upcoming class so we checked out the Pensacola Beach area. To get to the beach you have to cross over the Pensacola Bay on the Gulf Breeze Parkway and then take another bridge across a large cove to get to the town of Pensacola Beach. It is cool to drive along and see water on the north and south sides of the strand of beach. It reminded us of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

It was a very sunny day in the mid-60’s so walking along the fishing pier was nice. We have been on a lot of beaches but the sand here is so white it surprises you when you first see it. There were a couple of sunbathers and one hearty surfer out in the water. We saw a few tourist traps here but the majority of the area is made up of condos and personal residences.

The impression of the area is that it is very “family friendly” and is probably not a destination of college students during spring break.