Quietwater Beach Boardwalk

The Heart of Pensacola Beach: Quietwater Beach Boardwalk
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Quietwater Beach Boardwalk is across from the Santa Rosa Sound from Gulf Breeze, Florida. You can get there by boat, car, water taxi or trolley and you can easily spend an entire day enjoying the beach and boardwalk. It offers the perfect blend of shopping, sunning, swimming, dining, and entertainment. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

If you are going to visit the Florida Panhandle, or more specifically, the Pensacola area, you almost have to make a point of visiting the epicenter of the region. This is the heart of Pensacola Beach along the sugary white sands of Santa Rosa Sound. This is where you’ll find the Quietwater Beach Boardwalk. For locals and visitors alike, this is where people come to shop, dine, sunbathe, drink and enjoy the Gulf Coast at its breezy best. This Pensacola Beach Boardwalk has it all!

Here, everything centers around Pensacola Beach’s iconic landmark, The Shell, the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk Amphitheatre. It is a remarkable setting for sunset photos and to take in the variety of entertainment to grace its stage. The beautiful beach and sparkling Gulf Coast waters serve as the backdrop for this beautiful venue which is home to a variety of concerts, live entertainment, and special events. But even when there is no scheduled live entertainment, however, Quietwater Beach Boardwalk has so much to offer each and every day of your visit.

Men and women can both be pampered in luxe ready-to-wear fashions from Envie Boutique. Choose from sought after brands like Southern Tide, Vinyaard Vines, Free People, Z Supply, AG Denim, Tommy Bahama, Kendra Scott, Maui Jim. Pair your shopping experience at Envie Boutique with wines and cheese from neighboring “Lucas” for an extraordinary shopping experience on a higher level. Here, on the boardwalk, you can enjoy other unique shopping experiences like the jewelry and clothing at Go Fish, Islander Coastal Outfitters, Ron Jon Surf Shop and more.

Quietwater Beach Boardwalk serves as a sort of port of call for a variety of Gulfside adventures. Here, you can hop on Pensacola Bay Cruises with stops not only at the boardwalk but at Downtown Pensacola and Fort Pickens. You can choose to board a Dolphin Cruise in hopes of catching some of the area’s most famous residents. You can also catch a free trolley at the Quietwater Beach Boardwalk.

Of course, what would any trip to a boardwalk be without a choice of food and beverage options? Pensacola Beach Boardwalk includes a selection of dining and quick bite options. Stop into Bamboo Willies Beachside Bar for some great views, a fun atmosphere and famous Fat Tuesday frozen daiquiri’s. The Beachside Cafe’ combines a variety of culinary taste sensations including casual café dining, American, Greek, Mediterranean along as well as an ice cream parlor. Enjoy remarkable views of the Santa Rosa Sound from Hemingway’s Island Grill with a tasty menu that features fresh seafood, sultry steaks, and succulent poultry. You may also decide to stop into Hooter’s, Papa’s Pizza or Lucas’ with a choice of over 30 wines. You won’t leave hungry nor thirsty from a visit to Quietwater Beach Boardwalk.

Beyond the Shell and Amphitheater is what is known as “Mom’s Beach”, a quieter, shallower area of water that is kid-friendly. This is a great area for shelling, spotting hermit crabs, sand dollars and snorkeling.

Insider Tips:
– If you currently, or have served in the military, ask about military discounts. This area of the Panhandle is home to many people serving in the armed forces and stores and restaurants often offer discounts for military and veterans.
– Check the event schedule for an almost constant stream of festivals, events, and entertainment at Quietwater Beach Boardwalk.