Perdido Key - Perdido Key, FL

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Spanish for "lost island," Perdido Key encompasses federal and state parks abundant with wetlands, estuaries and wildlife. It is connected on the east by bridge to the city of Pensacola and to the west by bridge to Orange Beach, Alabama.

The barrier island features several world renowned parks, including Perdido Key State Park, Big Lagoon State Park and Johnson Beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore. Featured by top travel magazines in the top 5 beaches in the U.S., and rated the #1 swimming beaches in the US by GORP (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages), Perdido Key is no more than a few hundred yards wide in most places, with beaches stretching some 16 miles, with almost 60 percent of it located in federal or state parks - making it one of the last remaining unblemished stretches of wilderness in the Florida Panhandle.

With an average temperature of 75 degrees and 343 days of sunshine, It's not surprising the key is a long-hidden retreat that blends together both year-round outdoor activities and an authentic laid-back lifestyle uniquely its own. The Blue Wahoos play minor league baseball at the waterfront stadium, and at the Pensacola Naval Air Station you can watch the Blue Angels flight demonstration team practice their maneuvers.

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Map and directions

From downtown Pensacola, head west 11.4 miles on FL-292 (Barrancas Ave./Gulf Beach Hwy./Sorrento Rd.), cross Perdido Key Bridge; FL-292 becomes Perdido Key Dr.; go 2.5 miles and turn right on Flood Reef