Each time we go to Pensacola, I like to spend a day at the beach. On our most recent trip, because of the weather and other activities, we had to leave it until the very last day of our visit. For days in advance, the weather forecast was for clear skies and warm temperatures for our planned beach day.
It had been very hot with some days at least partly rainy. Although I didn’t like to leave our beach trip for our last day, with such a great forecast, it seemed like the thing to do. Wouldn’t you know it, we woke up that morning to the feel of wind blowing on our trailer, cloudy skies, and cooler temperatures! Well, I wasn’t about to give up our day at the beach, so we went anyway!
By the time we got there, it was time for lunch, so we went to Flounder’s Chowder House. Flounder’s is a big restaurant with lots of fun marine decor.
Our server didn’t seem to really be familiar with gluten-free requirements, but in the end I had a green salad with skewers of shrimp which was delicious!
Charlie had the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich.
Who knew a snow-skiing club holds their regular meetings here on the beach in Florida!
There is plenty of outdoor dining.
There is also a fun beach with a volleyball court and chairs.
Much of Pensacola Beach was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. It was devastating to see the damage to buildings and bridges after that Category 5 storm blew through. At the beach, we had seen machines sifting major kitchen appliances out of the sand! The whole area had been speckled with blue-tarped rooftops. It’s been great to see it come back better than ever!
On the day of our visit, the beach was practically abandoned, but that made it a good time to take pictures.
There are several dining options on Pensacola Beach.
Many of them offer dining on the beach.
Of course, there is also shopping.
As it turned out, we still had a nice afternoon on the beach. The sky was cloudy, but it didn’t rain. Although the wind made the air much cooler than it had been, it wasn’t intolerable by Canadian standards. (And I’m considered a wimp when it comes to cold weather!)
Because the weather had turned cool by evening, we chose to abandon our plans to eat dinner with our feet in the sand and went to Cactus Flower Cafe.
I was delighted to see a gluten-free menu.
However there was some confusion when I ordered a salad with lime dressing which was supposed to be gluten-free, and it came with breaded fish on it! Our server was very apologetic, took the salad back, and brought me one with grilled fish.
So, we had a lovely beach day in spite of less-than-tropical temperatures. I found it difficult to leave for home the next day.