Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Break 2012 hits Pensacola Beach~

As we honor the first day of Spring 2012...
We also hit Pensacola Beach- along with a few thousand Spring Breakers!
Beach goers enjoy Pensacola Beach during Spring Break 2012!

Escambia County public schools are currently on Spring Break, with Santa Rosa County schools back to school Monday after completing their Spring Break. I suspect many other schools are on Spring Break because traffic was a nightmare this weekend over the 3 mile bridge as locals and tourists alike packed the beaches.
Parking lot is full along Portofino Boardwalk~
Unlike our neighbors to the east in Panama City Beach, FL, Pensacola Beach's Spring Break is more of a family atmosphere- not a party town.

The parking lots are packed with license plates from Texas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Louisiana just to name a few.

There are parasailers, tons of boats, jet skiers, tubers, swimmers, men playing football, and women laying out. People are walking up and down the beach, flying kites, jumping waves, collecting shells, fishing, bird watching, masking in the sun, surfing, snorkeling, building sandcastles, and even those just relaxing.
We love to feel the warmth of a Spring Day, and to see our beloved beaches being enjoyed to the fullest. So get out there and get to Pensacola Beach like the rest of us!~

Here's a few tips to help you enjoy Pensacola Beach:

1. Wear sunscreen. Half of Pensacola is walking around burnt today (or will be by next week!) The suns rays peak from about noon to 2pm, which is considered the danger time zone for your skin! You can even develop a severe sunburn from walking around on a cloudy day.

2. In peak seasons, like spring break, you have to be on the beach by about 11 am to avoid the traffic that consumes Gulf Breeze Proper and downtown Pensacola. Just get there early and you won't have a problem.

3. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid too much alcohol when in extreme heat or direct sunlight!
Lifeguard sits duty at his stand on Casino Beach ~
4. Learn about Rip Currents before you get in the water and always pay attention to the warning flags. Never try to fight a rip current, swim with it parallel to the shore. Lifeguards are on stand from 10 am to 6 pm and on certain beaches! If you have never swam in the ocean before, go to one of the more populated beaches with lifeguards. Drowning deaths are more common than they should be as most can be prevented.
5. Don't feed the seagulls! They will invite their seagull friends, never leave, and the people around you will probably get mad.
Happy Beachin!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL  #1 in Rental Homes in Pensacola! (850) 473 3983
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