Perdido Key, Florida

Perdido Key is a barrier island in Florida that stretches approximately 16 miles in the panhandle along the Gulf of Mexico. Part of Perdido Key is in Alabama, while the rest of the key is an unicorporated community in Escambia County, officially in the city of Pensacola, Florida. The entire stretch of Perdido key is no more than a few hundred yards wide in most places. The east end of the barrier island is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore which is accessed by Johnson Beach on the west with Johnson road going about 1/3 of the way across the island featuring sand dunes on both sides of the road with natural untouched beaches. Perdido Key is a nature lovers paradise with sand dunes, sea oats, and other beach grasses and plants that provide protected habitat to the islands wildlife. 

Perdido means "lost" in Spanish and Portuguese, so named because it was a challenge for the Spanish to find the pass to the deep water channel. The island, like many shorelines and other barrier islands in Florida, shifts and changes over time. When Hurricane Sally struck the island in September 2020, the water completed engulfed the island causing significant damage to the dunes, road and access locations. And the easternmost part of Perdido Key was split with 3 breaches in the island

 

Perdido Key State Park is a popular destination those seeking a natural quiet beach that is perfect for swimming, shelling and enjoying the beautiful wide beachfront area. The white sand beaches and dunes covered with sea oats make it a gorgeous sight. The pristine barrier island beaches can be accessed from 2 locations that provide boardwalks to walk over the dunes from the parking lot, allowing for the preservation of the delicate dunes and vegetation. There are picnic tables for families, and a collection of endangered and threatened species to view. Surf fishing is a must-try activity at Perdido Key. It is popular among the locals and all skill levels are welcomed. 

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