The Blue Angels are ready to take to the skies for the Pensacola Beach Air Show. Remember, no kites or drones are allowed to fly during the show. Be sure to follow these tips from Escambia County for a safe, fun weekend in the sun.
- Leave early. Traffic will be heavy, and parking is limited on Pensacola Beach.
- Leave your car in Pensacola and take ride on a new ferry to the show! Special pricing is available July 13 and 14 with departure times to and from the downtown Pensacola dock to Quietwater Beach and Ft. Pickens, starting at 7 a.m. Click here for more details.
- If parking is full in the core areas, take advantage of the free Pensacola Beach trolleys offered by the Santa Rosa Island Authority. East and west parking lots will be serviced by trolleys and will take beach goers to and from Casino Beach. Service to the east parking lot will run on Saturday only. For a map of trolley stops and a live trolley tracker, click here.
- Remember that access into and exiting the Casino Beach parking lot along Via De Luna Drive and Fort Pickens Road has been modified. The parking lot now functions in a circular configuration, with one way in and one way out. The only entrance into the parking lot is along Via De Luna Drive next to Sidelines Sports Bar & Restaurant and across the street from Flounder’s Chowder House. The only exit from the parking lot is along Fort Pickens Road near the public restrooms/Public Safety Building. To see the specific entry and exit routes along with additional traffic tips, click here.
- Be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicycles sharing the roads. Florida law requires vehicles to stop for pedestrians on a crosswalk. Remember to give cyclists at least three feet of clearance.
- Be sure to wear and reapply sunscreen often and drink plenty of water. Remember that alcohol, sun and swimming do not mix.
- Swim in lifeguarded areas, and be sure to follow all lifeguard instructions. Swimmers will not be allowed in the Gulf during the airshow.
- Check before you go and follow the posted beach condition flag warnings. Watch our lifeguards explain the flag system on Pensacola Beach. Beach conditions can be checked at PensacolaBeachLifeguards.com and on the Pensacola Beach Lifeguards Facebook page.
- Know how to escape from a rip current. Watch our rip current video and learn how to break the grip of the rip, which can pull even the strongest swimmer out to sea.
- Remember to "leave no trace" and keep Pensacola Beach sea turtle-friendly. Properly dispose of trash, fill in any holes in the sand and remove belongings from the beach at the end of the day. This includes not leaving any personal property unattended on the sandy gulf beach from sunset until sunrise like umbrellas, tents, beach toys and chairs. To view the Leave No Trace ordinance, click here.
- Follow all Pensacola Beach rules, including:
- Glass containers are not allowed on the beach.
- The west side of the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is an alcohol free zone.
- Open containers are not allowed off the boardwalk or outside any establishment.
- Open flames or grills are not allowed on the beach except in the publicly provided park facilities.
- Walking on the dunes and sea oats is not permitted.
- Dogs other than service animals are not permitted on the any of the beaches except in designated dog parks. To view complete rules and boundaries for Pensacola Beach dog parks, click here.