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With so much of its landscape covered in water, whether bays, sounds, bayous, rivers or the Gulf of Mexico, it is no wonder boating is close at hand in the Pensacola Bay Area.

The Pensacola Bay Area has been written up in SAIL magazine multiple times as an ideal sailing destination. Sailors appreciate constant breezes, forgiving bottoms and picturesque mooring spots such as Fort McRee. Lanier Sailing Academy offers sailing lessons, sunset cruises and even week-long charters.

Key Sailing on Pensacola Beach rents kayaks, motorboats and waverunners to visitors wanting their own adventure. Santa Rosa Sound is the perfect spot for beginning boaters to get their feet wet. Perdido Key is the start of the Florida Paddling Trail, which links the waterways of the Pensacola Bay Area to the entire state.

Aquatic Charters leads visitors on an exciting dolphin cruise through Pensacola Bay to Pensacola Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. The area is home to hundreds of bottle nose dolphins who frolic in the boat’s wake, making a splash for visitors.

There is also plenty of fresh water to be explored. Nearby Milton is known as the “Canoe Capital of Florida.” Adventures Unlimited leads groups down Coldwater Creek by canoe, tube or kayak. Shallow waters make the water safe for kids of all ages, and sunny sand bars welcome picnickers.

For a full list of boating opportunities in the Pensacola Bay Area, go to www.VisitPensacola.com or call (800) 874-1234

By Laura Lee , Pensacola Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Photo By Rusty Gardner

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