Enjoy the beauty and soak up the sun in Florida's best kept secret island. Perdido Key has the cashmere sand and cool blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico that are associated with the beaches of Florida, but set in a quaint and cozy community.
Known for its love of nature, Perdido Key boasts a great protected wilderness area making it an excellent adventure for outdoor enthusiasts. Home of the endangered Perdido Key Beach Mouse and sea turtles this island is abundant with wildlife. The island’s two state parks: Gulf Islands National Seashore and Perdido Key State Recreation Area are sure to please as you explore the natural beauty the island has to offer.
Don't miss the dolphins while taking a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico and relax as they play around the boat. Head to Rosamond Johnson Beach and possibly catch a practice show of the Blue Angels flying or go to the World Famous Flora-Bama for some live music and a Bushwacker (another best kept secret). No matter what is on the agenda, Perdido Key will become a favorite for all.
"Perdido" is a Spanish word for "lost", which is exactly what happens to worries and stress once you set foot on this hidden gem.
On the Florida/Alabama warm Gulf Coast waters, you can view dolphins in the morning and watch the ocean glow with sunset colors in the evening. White sand dunes lead to secluded, uncrowded beaches. There are no hotels, only rental properties and campsites. With 60% of the island protected as a wildlife refuge, Perdido Key offers an authentic, old-Florida beach experience, with 345 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 75 degrees.
With a laid back style, Perdido Key offers numerous things to do while on your vacation. Whether you need family activities, night life, nature or adult down time, the choices are here!
This is the reason you booked a vacation in Florida, right?
As some people say, "Come to Perdido for what's there, and what is not."
Perdido Key beaches are not crowded. They are not lined with hotels. A less crowded beach means it is easier to keep an eye on the kids and relax. You can swim in the water without drifting into other vacationers. Grab your morning coffee and walk along the white sand beaches, searching for seashells and watching the dolphins jump in the early light of dawn.
Enjoy an evening cocktail while you wiggle your toes in the sand as you watch the sun turn the ocean sky into a palette of colors.
On Perdido Key you will enjoy beaches featuring nothing but sand, water, shells and solitude!
The signature, eclectic experience of Flora-Bama awaits on Perdido Key and nowhere else!
Once an old roadhouse, this restaurant and beach bar offers oysters served a myriad of ways, a full menu, live music in a variety of genres, event space, whacky events, and an overall unique experience.
As their website says, "You never know what you may walk into."
Try their signature cocktail, the bushwacker, which features five different liquors. After sunset, hit the dance floor or just sip on a drink and look at the ocean. This place is full of energy yet maintains a laid-back, easy feel about it. The beach culture of Flora-Bama attracts locals, tourists and celebrities alike.
Parking is available, or you can walk in off the beach. Kids menu items are served on a souvenir Flora-Bama frisbee!
Get back to the ocean at this special nature preserve. Located at the east end of Perdido Key there are 34,000 acres of land submerged under the Gulf of Mexico. Numerous species use these shallow, grassy waters as their habitats and nesting areas. The area is protected to prevent damage from large boat traffic. When visiting Fort Pickens Aquatic Preserve you are welcomed to fish, swim, dive, and boat.
Grab your scuba gear, a must see at Fort Pickens, the USS Massachusetts is submerged underwater to provide aquatic habitat and a unique scuba experience.
Still need to entertain the kids? No worries, Sam's is here! Across the bridge again to the mainland in Pensacola (on Highway 29), but not far away, awaits every kids' favorites: indoor go carts, laser tag, mini golf, bumper boats, arcade games, inflatables, a water park and pizza.
The water park boasts 4 water slides, a 750 foot endless lazy river, and two interactive kiddie pools. Per their website, they offer a variety of wristbands and ticket options to fit your needs and budget. Sam's offers $10 off after 5:00pm and group pricing is available.
The Shops at Villagio, right on Perdido Key Drive offers you many options without ever needing to leave the island. Have a sweet tooth? Visit Cafe Beignet, or the Ice Cream & Coffee shop. Tend to your relaxation needs at Perdido Massage which also offers facials and waxing. Purchase works by local artists or get an art lesson while on vacation at Artworks Studio and Gallery. Dine on sushi at The Jellyfish Restaurant & Nightclub.
The Shops at Villagio is a fun day of shopping and eating, right here on the Lost Key.
Are you more of an outdoor sleeper? Enjoy "roughing it"? Need outdoor adventures? Just across the bridge on the mainland is 655 acres of untouched beauty at Big Lagoon State Park. Full of saltwater marshes, woodlands and wildlife, the park offers a wealth of outdoor, nature loving activities. You can kayak or canoe, find a bike or hiking trail, and observe a variety of wildlife under the Florida sun. Big Lagoon offers a boat ramp. Fishing and crabbing are allowed!
If you chose, you can camp overnight, under the solitude of the Florida night sky, with sounds of the ocean in the background. Check out their website for photos, further information, and inquire about shows in the gorgeous amphitheater!
If you are an avid golfer or boating enthusiast you do not need to leave the island to indulge while on vacation. Located right on Perdido Key, not far from your rental you will find a beautiful golf course and a stunning marina. It's easy to go ahead and book your tee time on their website or get marina pricing so you'll be ready to set sail upon arrival. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the restaurant, or enjoy happy hour while looking over the spectacular golf course view.
Within a short drive from Perdido Key it the true Florida aquarium experience you imagined. Daily dolphin shows plus sea lions, penguins, stingrays, turtles, gators and more! Ever wanted to swim with the dolphins? Gulfarium offers that experience as well!
They are open daily from 9:00am - 4:30pm. For information on shows, wildlife, and ticket prices to plan your trip, visit their website.
Have a wonderful visit to Perdido Key!