What makes Pensacola, Florida one of the most beautiful destinations in the world? For starters, it is the over 40 miles of Gulf waters, sugar-white beaches and an average temperature of 75.
Pensacola also boasts a beautiful and historic heritage. Pensacola is America’s first European settlement, founded in 1559 by Spanish Conquistador, Don Tristan de Luna. Since that time, five different flags have flown over the city, earning it the nickname “City of Five Flags”. The Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American flags are part of the city’s nearly 450 year heritage and The Fiesta of Five Flags continues to celebrate this heritage with one of the oldest and largest annual festivals in Florida.
Also known as “the cradle of naval aviation” for its role in training naval aviators, Pensacola is home to the US Navy’s Demonstration Flight Squadron, the Blue Angels as well as the National Museum of Naval Aviation. The Museum is one of the three largest aviation museums in the world and among the top 10 visitor attractions in the state of Florida, displaying over 170 vintage aircraft and chronicling more than nine decades of naval aviation. Four military forts, including Fort Pickens and Fort Barrancas, also still stand in the area and are open for tours daily.