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PK Visitor Guide 2017

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49 VISITPERDIDO.COM In addition to the Gulf Island National Seashore at the tip of Pensacola Beach ($15 entry fee), there are also a number of free beach accesses along Via de Luna Dr. Most areas have a free parking lot that can hold over two dozen cars and have access to either restrooms or Port-o-Lets. Once you've reached the Gulf, you will forever compare the Gulf Coast's beaches to every other beach you see – and none can hold a candle to them. In August of 2015, Escambia County put the Leave No Trace ordinance into action on Pensaola Beach. It is designed to remind our residents and visitors that we are not alone on these beautiful beaches, and we need to protect and preserve them for our local nesting sea turtles. Here are a few reminders for Leave No Trace, so we can all take part in protecting our wildlife. Please properly dispose of trash and discarded fishing gear. Sea turtles can become entangled in old fishing nets and lines or ingest plastic bags and wrappers, mistaking them for jellyfish. Also, we are reminded to remove personal belongings from the beach at the end of each day, such as umbrellas, tents, beach toys and chairs. Any of those items left unattended on Pensacola Beach overnight will be removed and disposed of by cleaning crews. ORANGE BEACH & GULF SHORES It may be a different state, but the beaches are the same. Having an island shared by two states can be quite confusing when asking for directions, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Orange Beach is our neighboring city and is home to some spectacular views. As you cross the state line, you will find the Alabama Point East (a free public beach) right before the bridge at Perdido Pass. You can park your car underneath the bridge next to Cobalt the restaurant or right before the bridge on the left side of the road. You may even stumble across a beautiful beach wedding in progress. While you are in Orange Beach, drop by the Waterfront Park on Wolf Bay. With plenty of parking available, you can spend a day fishing on the 400 foot pier or have a picnic at one of their covered pavilions. Down the road is the large and beautiful Gulf State Park. The main entrance and Gulf State Park Beach Pavilion is located on the south side of East Beach Blvd. With only a $5 parking fee, the Gulf State Park is the perfect way to spend any day. As soothing waves wash upon the shore, you will drift away into a relaxing state of mind as you bury your toes into the clean, white sand as soft as snow. If you venture further into Gulf Shores, you will continue to be amazed at the pristine beaches. They are kept so immaculate due to the Leave Only Footprints campaign. Here are a few regulations to help make your beach trips go smoothly. Any structures or equipment (such as tents or chairs) left on the beach an hour after sunset will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol, except for permitted beach services. There are a small handful of items not allowed on the beaches, such as glass containers, fires, pets, overnight camping and a few more, which can be found at : GULF ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

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