Perdido Key State Park, Pensacola

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Perdido Key State Park is a 290acre Florida State Park located on a barrier island fifteen miles (24 km) southwest of Pensacola, off S.R. 292, in northwestern Florida. The address is 12301 Gulf Beach Highway.Perdido Key State ParkBarrier islands protect the Florida mainland from the harsh effects of storms and provide habitats for shorebirds and other coastal animals. The wide, white, sandy beaches and the rolling sand dunes covered with sea oats make this a pristine oasis along the rapidly developing panhandle. The beach, which provides excellent opportunities for swimming and sunbathing, is the focal point for public use of the park. Surf fishing is another popular activity. Boardwalks from the parking lot allow visitors to access the beach without causing damage to the fragile dunes and beach vegetation. Covered picnic tables overlooking the beach provide a great place for family outings. Located 15mi southwest of Pensacola, off State Road 292.Several endangered species inhabit, nest on or use this park. Most notable of these is the Perdido Key beach mouse. This mouse is one of the North America’s rarest mammals and only currently exists in two places on earth, both of which are located on Perdido Key. The Johnson Beach Unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore is the other location. The mouse was reintroduced to the park in February 2000 after several years of being absent from the park. Originally, three pairs of juvenile mice were translocated from Johnson Beach, followed by an additional 16 pairs of juvenile mice the following year. The population of this mouse can vary greatly depending on the time of year and recent weather conditions, as well as the presence of house cats.Loggerhead sea turtles use the beach to nest each year. Occasionally green and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles will nest within the park boundary as well.
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  • Great walking and views! No alligators on our visit, but enjoyed the looking. Surprised all bathrooms were locked!  more »
  • Lots of space per visitor here. I'm not a fan of the crowds in Myrtle Beach and such, so this is a great antidote. Wide open sand beaches with not many visitors.  more »
  • Clean, squeaky sand, lovely views. Pavilions are all connected by boardwalks and the bathrooms were kept clean too! I love visiting new state parks!  more »
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  • One of the nicest beach we've been. The sand's so white, the beach's so blue. We camp at big lagoon and drove here for 15mins. It was free since we were campers in big lagoon.
  • Beautiful beach. The "park" is just the parking area and boardwalk / restrooms / showers. Not a lot of parking, so get there early! This park was unmanned when I visited. Big Lagoon is nearby.
  • I love coming here. Hardly anyone on the beach . It is quiet. Peaceful and a place to clear your head.
  • We had our 5 and 4 yr old sons with us at the park....they had a blast! They wanted to "camp" there forever. Wonder of being young.
  • We had a great day at the sandy beach. Disability accessible.
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