Perdido Key, Florida, is a 247-acre, 16-mile long barrier island on
the Gulf of Mexico. Barrier islands provide habitats for
coastal animals. Dunes (sand formations built by wind) found on
the Key are characteristic of barrier islands. Conde Nast
Traveler has rated our narrow barrier island among the top five
island beaches thanks to its sparkling white sand and clear, turquoise
water. The Key, as the area is called by natives, is a
natural paradise where you'll find unspoiled beaches, water habitats
like marshes and wetlands, and a variety of sea life and wildlife.
Just off the island is the area known to locals as
The mainland just west of the island is still considered the Key and is
home to Big Lagoon State Park and the areas
Innerarity Point and Innerarity Island.
Innerarity Point includes many retail and dining locations,
while Innerarity Island is a small, private, residential community.
The Key is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico to the south
and the OleRiver, or Perdido River, to the north. From
the Key, there is easy access to the broad expanse of Perdido
Bay and to the Gulf of Mexico. The Key's location also puts you
in close proximity to lagoons and coves; All nearby bodies of water
offer excellent sailing, snorkeling, fishing, and swimming
opportunities. Pensacola Hotels, Florida is just to the east
of the island with Orange Beach and Gulf
Shores, Alabama westward.
Did you know that the
sugary-white beaches found on Perdido Key Condos are composed
of fine quartz that over time has eroded from granite in the Appalachian
Mountains? The sand is carried by rivers and creeks and deposited on our
shore. Perhaps because of the fineness of the quartz, the sand makes a
notable squeak as you slide your bare feet through it; a sound that kids
love and that can make adults feel like kids again.
Approximately 62 percent of Perdido Key is made up of protected land as
part of the Gulf Island National Seashore and
Perdido Key State Recreation Park.
Florida's state park system, including Perdido Key
State Recreation Park and Big Lagoon State Park, was voted Best in
America by the National Recreation and Parks Association in October 1999
and received the National Gold Medal State Park Award.
The Perdido Key Beach Mouse calls our island home. Registered as
an endangered species since 1985, the large-eared nocturnal
herbivore feeds primarily on the seeds of sea oats and beach grasses
that are plentiful in our area. To protect the Beach Mouse's habitat,
boardwalks built up over the dunes and interdunal areas provide public
access to the beaches.
An estimated 1,200 residents call Perdido Key home year-round and enjoy
the laid-back lifestyle our lost island has to offer.The Frank Brown
International Songwriters' Festival,
where world-renowned singers and songwriters
of various genres of music come to perform.
No matter when you come to the Key, there's always something happening.
Each month of the year is packed with events, from regattas to festivals
and fireworks to
Northwest Florida's climate is semi-tropical, with hot
summers and warm winters. The summer provides just the right weather for
sunbathing and a cool dip in the water, while the fall and winter
provide the perfect atmosphere for outdoor activities in the Key's
pristine, natural surroundings. So, what are you waiting for? Come lose
yourself in Perdido Key.
Barrier islands protect the Florida mainland from the
harsh effects of storms and provide habitats for shorebirds and other
coastal animals. Perdido Key is a 247-acre barrier island near Pensacola
on the Gulf of Mexico. White sand beaches and rolling dunes covered with
sea oats make this park a favorite destination for swimmers and
sunbathers. 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.
Fall offers its own unique way to relax and enjoy a day at the beach.
Many plants are showing their best this time of year including sea oats,
October flower, and woody goldenrod. Animal life on the island also
offers many chances for viewing and study. A favorites include our
migratory birds and the monarch butterflies. Another thrilling adventure
at the beach this time of year will help keep you fit as well. Shelling
can be as simple as finding a favorite shell - whether big, shiny, or
cracked in a special way - or as challenging as learning to identify the
various shells that wash ashore. The variety found on Perdido
Key is fascinating.
Day trips to the beach later in the year can offer a special opportunity
to appreciate the Sunshine State. As the earth rotates
and brings an end to the day, most evenings produce remarkable sunsets
over the Gulf waters. These unique sunsets are available only during the
winter months. Don't forget your camera!
If you're interested in camping, Big Lagoon State Park
is located just across the bay and offers tent, camp trailer, and RV
sites. Take a short drive up the road and you'll discover
Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park which offers a variety of
nature trails to start your next adventure.
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