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PK Visitor Guide 2017

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48 VISITPERDIDO.COM Beach Bums PERDIDO KEY & PENSACOLA BEACH The island of Perdido Key is home to some of the bluest water and whitest sand you will ever see. On the eastern most end of the Key lies the Gulf Island National Seashore, also named Johnson Beach. Entry to the National Seashore is $15 per carload, which is valid for one week at both Fort Pickens and Johnson Beach. The national park offers multiple beach accesses, as well as small nature trails leading to the Intracoastal Waterway. At its entrance, there is the Star Pavilion which is available to rent for various occasions. Amenities such as restrooms, showers, and a covered picnic area are also available. There is a parking lot directly past the entrance, as cars are only allowed to drive so far down the road because eventually, there will be no more road! Beach-goers can hop out of their cars and attempt the trek to the end of the Key to see the ruins of Fort McRee. Watch out for any campers, though, as Johnson Beach does offer primitive camping at the end of the park. There are also three Public Accesses with small parking lots along Perdido Key Drive heading west from Johnson Beach. After the third public access begins Perdido Key State Park. There are two entrances to the state park, an East and West Gate on Perdido Key Drive. Restrooms and showers are available at both entrances' parking lots. If you don't have a state park pass, you can enter the beach for just $2. Pensacola Beach, located on Santa Rosa Island, offers a wide variety of activities, but one thing doesn't change: the gorgeous beaches. Pensacola Beach houses a number of restaurants with great views. It is also home to two dog beaches your furry friends will love. The first dog park is located just past the last condos on the Gulf, heading east, and the second sits at the first parking lot after Portofino. They are open from sunrise to sunset. PERDIDO KEY STATE PARK ;

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