By Sandy O'Neal
Pensacola
Florida
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Pensacola, Florida is probably most well known for its sugar white sands and beaches that extend for miles. However, it also holds a very significant place in the history of the continental United States. Pensacola was founded in 1559 by Spanish explorers and was the first non permanent European settlement in the continental United States.

Pensacola and its offerings are easily accessible by air through Pensacola Regional Airport (PNS). Book your flight to this vacation paradise with EscapeWizard.com: Follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). EscapeWizard.com will also assist you in arranging your hotel accommodations. Follow the link to book your hotel:  (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) .

When you arrive in Pensacola, Florida, you will find that the city has a long list of things to do and places to see. Whether you stay in the city or on the beach, there is a vast array of activities to fill your days and nights.

Pensacola is deeply steeped in Naval History and Naval Air Station Pensacola is proud to be called home to the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron. EscapeWizard.com also recommends that you include a visit to Naval Air Station Pensacola where you can visit the Naval Aviation Museum, Fort Barrancas (a historic military fort), and the Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum. But the historic sites don’t end here. EscapeWizard.com recommends that you head on over to the beach where you will find Historic Ft. Pickens. The Fort is currently part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and is administered by the National Park Service.  Its past is deep seated in military history.  It was constructed between 1829 and 1834.  It was built as part of a construction effort of the United States to fortify all major ports.  It was 1 of 4 (and the largest) forts designed to fortify Pensacola harbor.

Pensacola’s Arts & Cultural scene also offers something everyone.  From ballet to the symphony, opera or the theatre you will find it all.   You can stroll through charming downtown Pensacola to visit numerous art galleries and museums and find plenty of places to dine along the way.  EscapeWizard.com suggests that you may to stop by the Pensacola Museum of Art which hosts permanent art and cultural exhibits as well as well renowned traveling exhibits.

These are only a few of the arts and cultural activities available to you.  EscapeWizard.com also encourages you to visit the T. T. Wentworth Museum, DeVilliers Cultural Heritage Museum of Performing Arts, Pensacola History Museum, and the Quina House Museum.

If your visit to Pensacola includes the sun & surf, you will find plenty of activities to enjoy.  You can go deep sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing, surfing, scuba diving, or parasailing.  Bring along the sunscreen!

For the outdoor enthusiast, EscapeWizard.com recommends a visit to Big Lagoon State Park.  The park is 678 acres situated along the Intracoastal Waterway.  Within the park you can camp, swim, fish, boat, canoe, hick and picnic.  There are 5 miles of hiking and nature trails.  There is also an observation tower which provides an extraordinary view of the park, Gulf Islands National Seashore and Perdido Key.  The park is also a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail.

If you are looking for a place to play golf, the Pensacola area is home to numerous public and private golf courses.  EscapeWizard.com suggests A.C. Read Golf Club, Osceola Municipal Golf Course Carriage Hills Golf Club, Marcus Point Golf Club, Perdido Bay Golf Club, Lost Key Golf Club, Scenic Hills Country Club, and many more.

Downtown Pensacola and Pensacola Beach are both ideal locations for dining and nightlife.  Whether you want to dine is shorts and sandals, or dress to the nines, you fill find an atmosphere that will please most everyone.

From its’ sugar white beaches to its’ historic downtown, EscapeWizard.com can promise that Pensacola has something to offer everyone!
Hotels in Pensacola
By D.Andra Galarza
Homewood Suites by Hilton Pensacola
5049 Corporate Woods Drive, Pensacola, FL
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The Homewood Suites by Hilton Pensacola is centrally located in the Cordova Mall Area of Pensacola.  The Pensacola Naval Air Station, Historic Pensacola Village, Pensacola business district and Gulf of Mexico beaches are a few of the many attractions easily accessible from Homewood Suites.  The Homewood Suites are located less than a mile from Pensacola Regional Airport at the intersection of 9th Avenue and Airport Boulevard.  Self-parking is free and available 24 hours.

Spacious studios and suites come with a choice of one king or one king and one queen-size bed and all suites come with a pullout sofa bed. The one and two bedroom suites have separate living and sleeping areas. All units come with fully equipped kitchens including cabinets and a full-size refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and two-burner stove.  Also included in all studios and suites is a 32 inch LCD flat-screen TV with HD and premium cable channels, MP3 connectivity, an alarm clock and complimentary high-speed Internet access and Wi-Fi.  Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. Check-in is at 3 p.m. daily and check-out is at 12 noon.

A great variety of leisure and business conveniences are offered to all guests. Family-travel needs such as, cribs, playpens, highchairs and children’s video rental are always available. For fitness and leisure activities Homewood Suites has a 24-hour fitness center, swimming pool and basketball court. Coin laundry, laundry /valet service, safety deposit boxes, gift shop, on-site convenience store with newsstand and weekday newspaper delivery are just some of the services offered. For special-needs guests-access to public areas/facilities is available. Business travelers are encouraged to utilize the 24-Hour Business Center. Services included are audio/visual equipment rental, modems, photo copying, fax and video conferencing.  Meeting room rentals are available to host a conference for up to twelve in the boardroom or an event in the meeting room or hall.

A complimentary hot full breakfast is available every day in the Lodge. Complimentary dinner and beverages are available in the Lodge Monday thru Thursday. There is a Snack Shop and 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Shop as well as a complimentary grocery shopping service for in-room meal preparation.  For additional dining options, see the front desk for suggestions. Special event catering is available upon request.

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Hotels in Pensacola
By Chrystyne Jackson
Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
12 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL
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Enhance your visit to Pensacola Beach by staying at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. This beautiful hotel is located in the heart of Pensacola Beach, Florida’s largest protected island seashore,  and overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. It is a convenient 30 minutes from Pensacola National Airport.  Check in is at 4 p.m. and check out is at 11 a.m.

The Hilton features 275 spacious and comfortable guestrooms and suites. Rooms come with your choice of one king size bed or two double beds. Suites are one, two or three bedrooms. All guestrooms come with a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee maker. The rooms are designed for comfort and convenience. High speed Internet access is available.

The hotel offers guests many outstanding amenities. Take a swim in the outdoor swimming pool or soak in the hot tub. Maintain your workout routine in the fitness room, which features the latest in cardio equipment, strength machines and free weights. The Grab N Go is a snack shop where you can pick up sandwiches, pizza, salad and deserts. The Bonsai Sushi And Lounge is a great place to socialize and enjoy great food and drinks. The H2O A Cajun Asian Grill has dining with a beach view. Linger over cocktails at Latitudes Beach Bar. While in Pensacola Beach be sure to visit the haunted Pensacola Lighthouse and Museum, the Naval Aviation Museum, a military and aerospace museum dedicated to the history of naval aviation, Ft. Pickens, the pentagonal US military fort, and Historic Pensacola Village where 22 historical buildings are maintained.

Make lasting memories of your stay in Pensacola Beach by staying at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front. EscapeWizard.com can assist with booking your hotel reservations. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to get started today.