Pensacola to Fort Pickens

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Pensacola to Fort Pickens by boat

Depart from Pensacola: Begin your journey from a suitable boat ramp or marina in Pensacola, such as the Pensacola Shipyard or the Bayou Texar Boat Ramp. Ensure that your boat is properly fueled, equipped, and in good working condition.

Navigate westward along the coast: Leave Pensacola and head westward along the coast. You'll be traveling along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, enjoying the coastal views and the sandy beaches of the Florida Panhandle.

Pass Pensacola Beach: As you continue westward, you'll pass by Pensacola Beach. This popular tourist destination offers white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Observe any navigational markers and channels as you pass by the beach area.

Reach Fort Pickens: Continue westward until you reach Fort Pickens. Fort Pickens is located at the western tip of Santa Rosa Island, a barrier island off the coast of Pensacola. Look for the distinctive shape of the fort as you approach.

Anchor or dock at Fort Pickens: Once you arrive at Fort Pickens, find a suitable spot to anchor or dock your boat. Fort Pickens has a designated boat ramp and dock facilities available. Be mindful of any regulations or guidelines in place and respect any restricted areas within the fort.

Fort Pickens is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and offers historical significance, hiking trails, beautiful beaches, and opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife viewing.

When returning from Fort Pickens to Pensacola, follow the reverse route, being mindful of navigational aids and any potential hazards along the way.

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Pensacola to Fort Pickens route information

Pensacola Bay: Departing from Pensacola, you'll navigate through Pensacola Bay, which offers scenic views of the city's waterfront and the historic Pensacola Naval Air Station. Take in the sights of boats, marinas, and the natural beauty of the bay as you begin your sail.

Pensacola Pass: As you head west, you'll pass through Pensacola Pass, the inlet that connects Pensacola Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. Keep an eye out for the sandbars and the active boating and fishing community in this area.

Gulf Islands National Seashore: Along the coast, you'll sail near the Gulf Islands National Seashore, a protected area that includes barrier islands, beaches, and natural habitats. Enjoy the pristine beaches, wildlife, and potential for birdwatching as you cruise by.

Fort McRee: Located on Perdido Key, Fort McRee is a historic fortification that was built to protect Pensacola Bay. While the fort is no longer in use, you can still see remnants of the structure from the water.

Perdido Key: Perdido Key is a scenic barrier island with beautiful beaches and natural preserves. Admire the coastal dunes, salt marshes, and the tranquil atmosphere as you sail past.

Fort Pickens: Your destination, Fort Pickens, is a historic military fort located on the western tip of Santa Rosa Island. As you approach, you'll see the impressive brick fortification that played a significant role in U.S. history. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico and Pensacola Bay from this vantage point.

Santa Rosa Island: Santa Rosa Island stretches along the Gulf Coast and offers pristine beaches, sand dunes, and natural habitats. Take the opportunity to anchor and explore the island, go for a swim, or simply relax on the sandy shores.

Marine Life: Keep an eye out for marine life during your sail, as the waters in this area are teeming with various species. Look for dolphins, sea turtles, and a variety of fish as they swim and play in their natural habitat.

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