The Best Beach Hotels in Pensacola, Florida

Stay cool in the pools at the Hilton Pensacola Beach
Stay cool in the pools at the Hilton Pensacola Beach | Courtesy of Hilton Pensacola Beach / Expedia
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22 July 2021

Florida’s Gulf Coast may feel worlds away from the more famous beaches in the state, but if you visit Pensacola, you’ll see it has everything you could want, with sandy beaches and emerald waters creating a vast playground. It’s also home to Big Lagoon State Park, great fish shacks and bars. Make your base at one of these beach hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.

Beach Club, a Resort Residence and Spa

Hotel, Spa Hotel
4.1/5 (79 Reviews)
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For a luxe location named the Beach Club, it sure offers a lot of compelling reasons not to go to the beach. From the state-of-the-art fitness center and relaxing Aqua Spa to the two pools and hot tubs, you’ll be lucky if you even get a grain of sand on your body. Thankfully, its beach walkout connects right to the outdoor pool deck, so you can at least touch the sand if you stretch your toes far enough.

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Margaritaville Beach Hotel

4.7/5 (982 Reviews)
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If you’d gladly take oysters and beer for dinner every day of the year, grab your tin cup chalice and spend the weekend at Margaritaville Beach Hotel. Your room has a round of free beer vouchers, which are your tickets to sipping and swaying on a LandShark Landing hammock. So, go on and doze off for a bit, or retreat to your bay-view room and nap in your king-size bed. Don’t worry about sleeping through happy hour – it’s always five o’clock in the evening here.

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Portofino Island Resort

Hotel, Resort
4.4/5 (463 Reviews)
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Portofino Island Resort offers all sorts of adventures, including by the beach and by the cove. Adventure Beach is the place to go if volleyball, surfing, kayaking and games interest you. Adventure Cove will suit your needs if you love jet skis, sailboats, parasailing and splashing in the water park. Does adventure mean something else to you, such as eating your way through gulf cuisine or sampling every single body treatment at the spa? This resort has you covered.

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Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach

4.4/5 (925 Reviews)
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Get a crash course in luxury Gulf Coast living with Sunday crawfish boils at the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach. Laps in the lazy river and dive-in movies in the pool will keep you pleasantly pruney all day long. Meet the local mermaids and pirates when they come out to play in the summer, or get to know a few fellow travelers at the beachfront tiki bar. This resort is ready to show you that good food, good times and good people are what this area is all about.

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Hilton Pensacola Beach

4.1/5 (887 Reviews)
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Grab your rod and get ready to spend the weekend fishing when you stay at the Hilton Pensacola Beach. Only a short walk from the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier, you can practically spot the perfect catch from your 17th-floor beachfront room – just wait until you’re at sea level before you drop a lure. Whether you reel in the big one or nothing at all, you can get fresh, salty eats from the Crabs on the Beach seafood shack next door.

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  • Beachside Resort

    Hotel, Resort
    4/5 (1000 Reviews)
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    Inland, sound or gulf views – choosing a room will be the only difficult choice at the Beachside Resort. Here, both lounging by the pool and jumping into the sea are as effortless as swaying on the hammock or sitting by the firepit. If you’re looking to test your decision-making skills further, you’ll also find a duo of pools nudging the grass-topped dunes and shoreline.

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    SpringHill Suites by Marriott Pensacola Beach

    4.4/5 (690 Reviews)
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    Express check-in and check-out at SpringHill Suites mean less time in line and more time on the coast. In the few moments when you aren’t splashing around in the gulf, you’ll still see the beach from your room’s window and have ample opportunities to soak up the sun by the pool. For drinks with equally alluring water views, the piña coladas at the Sneaky Tiki Bar across the street won’t disappoint.

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    Emerald Isle

    4.4/5 (85 Reviews)
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    This may not be the actual Emerald Isle on the shores of the North Atlantic, but the Emerald Isle condos on the Gulf of Mexico will make you feel lucky as a leprechaun clutching a four-leaf clover. A balcony overlooking the ocean, spacious rooms for you and up to seven of your beach-loving friends and a fully equipped kitchen perfect for mixing up drinks – is there anything else you need for a Luna Beach getaway? Just add sunscreen and a smile.

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    These recommendations were updated on July 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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