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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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  • If you need a quiet place to get away with the kids, plan a trip here. You can fish and enjoy a basically private beach. We watch the Blue Angels practice from here. It was a perfect spot! Clean bathr...  more »
  • Johnson Beach is beautiful, with plenty of places to park your car along the road. You can buy a multi day pass for little money. Certain parts of the dunes were roped off to protect the nesting birds...  more »
  • We stayed over in this area for a few months, we loved it, the beaches are clean and beautiful . Restaurants near by. Good and relaxing place to visit.  more »
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  • Very nice beach. Beautiful white sand. Easy parking. State park, so there is a parking fee. No extra fee if you are camping in the park. Handicap accessible. A few beach wheelchairs are available by reservation at the campground registration office. Wheelchair will be delivered to the beach parking lot / building area. Details will be explained.
  • Beautiful and Empty. No one was there when we went. There's a cost of about $2-3 but it was well worth it.
  • Beautiful and a nice place to get away to a more simple beach without tons of other distractions.
  • Alot of little jellyfish on this beach, a lot of shells... Was really pretty when the sun went down...
  • A little sanctuary in between the Gulf of Mexico at Pensacola, Florida & Perdido Bay. Floridians have beautiful beaches. Just minutes away from Orange Beach & Gulf Shores, Alabama.