Perdido Key State Park, Pensacola

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Perdido Key State Park is a 290acre Florida State Park located on a barrier island fifteen miles (24 km) southwest of Pensacola, off S.R. 292, in northwestern Florida. The address is 12301 Gulf Beach Highway.
Barrier islands protect the Florida mainland from the harsh effects of storms and provide habitats for shorebirds and other coastal animals. The wide, white, sandy beaches and the rolling sand dunes covered with sea oats make this a pristine oasis along the rapidly developing panhandle. The beach, which provides excellent opportunities for swimming and sunbathing, is the focal point for public use of the park. Surf fishing is another popular activity. Boardwalks from the parking lot allow visitors to access the beach without causing damage to the fragile dunes and beach vegetation. Covered picnic tables overlooking the beach provide a great place for family outings. Located 15mi southwest of Pensacola, off State Road 292.
Several endangered species inhabit, nest on or use this park. Most notable of these is the Perdido Key beach mouse. This mouse is one of the North America’s rarest mammals and only currently exists in two places on earth, both of which are located on Perdido Key. The Johnson Beach Unit of Gulf Islands National Seashore is the other location. The mouse was reintroduced to the park in February 2000 after several years of being absent from the park. Originally, three pairs of juvenile mice were translocated from Johnson Beach, followed by an additional 16 pairs of juvenile mice the following year. The population of this mouse can vary greatly depending on the time of year and recent weather conditions, as well as the presence of house cats.Loggerhead sea turtles use the beach to nest each year. Occasionally green and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles will nest within the park boundary as well.
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  • This state park was closed in November of 2020 due to damage from Hurricane Sally, but just the parking and road access areas. We walked Perdido Key from another access point and walked across this...  more »
  • We had a lovely time at this beach! My teenage boys had never been to a beach before and they had a great time playing in the waves and sand. One thing to note before going: there are no chair or...  more »
  • This State Park is a beach access with bath houses, picnic shelters and plenty of parking. It has two entrances approximately a mile apart on the beach Blvd. There are signs at both entrance but they are small and somewhat hard to see.There is a $3 per vehicle fee you deposit in a honor box. The park is very well kept and we enjoyed our visit there.
  • This is one of my favorite beaches in the whole area. I've yet to see it crowded, the water is always beautiful and we often see an abundance of marine life. Today we saw small sea turtles, good-sized crabs, a stingray and (thankfully) only one jellyfish. The only issue, and I understand that it does not happen often, was the biting flies. Another beach-goer told me that they come out the first time that there is a North wind. I'm sure they won't even be present tomorrow. Don't pass up this beach! But don't tell too many people, I like it quiet 😁😎!

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