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Make Summer Travel to Perdido Key a Breeze

Posted By Ideaworks on 06/19/2012 at 02:47PM

Air Travel to Perdido Key

Beach chairs, sunglasses and sunscreen—that’s all you really need when coming to the Lost Key. Packing and flying can be such a hassle these days but we want to make it easy for you! We can’t exactly give you a Magic 8 Ball so that you can remember your toothbrush, because, let’s face it, everyone forgets something when packing—but what we can do is provide you with some resources that will make your next flight to Perdido Key a breeze!

  1. Pointers from Pilots
  2. Summer travel 
  3. Tips for older passengers
  4. TSA tips for travelers
  5. Baggage tips for passengers
  6. Savvy travel blog

Get Hooked On Perdido Key

Posted By Ideaworks on 06/14/2012 at 11:00AM

Fishing in Perdido Key

If you're looking for the kind of sport that we in Florida get to enjoy all year long, then Perdido Key is the place for you. Stretching some 16 miles long, Perdido Key's coast line provides some of the best fishing on the Panhandle-and with an average temperature of 75 degrees and 343 days of sunshine, it's not surprising that the Key is a great host for year-round outdoor fishing activities.

See below for upcoming fishing events in Perdido Key and don’t forget to check out our new fishing page at filled with more events and helpful fishing links.

42nd Annual Bill Hargreaves Fishing Rodeo
June 15—17, 2012 @ Grand Lagoon Yacht Club
Enter the fishing tournament with dad and have your chance at winning cold hard cash.  There are 32 fish categories in the Junior Division awarding $50 Savings Bonds in each. The Hargreaves Rodeo awards the most prizes to junior anglers of any rodeo in town. Registration tickets are $35 for anglers 13 years and older, which includes tax and a Fish Fry ticket. Anglers 12 and under fish free and are encouraged to pre-register. Visit their website today by going to

41st Annual Pensacola International Billfish Tournament
July 5—8, 2012
The Pensacola Big Game Fishing Club hosts one of the country's largest billfish tournaments at Pensacola, which attracts around 600 anglers from all over the Southeast. Up to $565,000 in cash prizes and a $10,000 prize for the winning blue marlin. Since 1970, The International has become a tradition every 4th of July weekend in downtown Pensacola. This event is a qualifying event for the World Billfish Series & IGFA World Qualifier with the big winner receiving an invitation to fish at the IGFA World Championship. For details visit

Or if you need to be more flexible, hire your own charter and fish out on the beautiful, blue Bay waters any day of the week. One of the best in Perdido Key is Gulf Bay Charters.  They provide tackle, fishing poles and bait—all you need to bring are snacks, sunscreen and a camera to catch all the action! Make reservations by calling (850) 619-2097 or (850) 619-2096. Visit their website at

Topics: Events and Festivals, Parks and Nature

Celebrate the Taste of Summer on Perdido Key

Posted By Ideaworks on 06/12/2012 at 10:20AM

Dining in Perdido Key

Discover new culinary creations and experience the hospitality of the locals when you dine in Perdido Key this summer.

Did you know that one of the things people like to do most on vacation is EAT?!? Whether you prefer sandwiches, pizza or fresh seafood, there is definitely something on every menu to fit the whole family’s taste buds. Here are 7 food items that will help add some flavor to your holiday on the Key!

  1. If you’re looking for a Gulf specialty, try a dozen raw oysters on the half shell at The Oyster Bar Restaurant & Marina. For best results, put it on a cracker and smother with lemon juice and Louisiana hot sauce—don’t be surprised if you eat the whole dozen yourself.
  2. For some good ole barbeque visit one of Perdido Key’s best kept secrets, Mr. Hollywood’s BBQ. Order the Smoked Turkey Leg with a side of baked beans and see if you can guess the secret ingredient in the beans. Hint: It’s zesty!
  3. Can you handle the heat? Try Bella Luna’s buffalo chicken pizza smothered in ricotta ranch sauce and mozzarella cheese…yum—your mouth will be sizzling by the time you finish this fiery feat!
  4. If you’ve got a hankering for some fried green tomatoes and a little bit of seafood, then Fisherman’s Corner is the place for you. Their fried green tomatoes comes with freshly sliced mozzarella between each slice and is topped with a crawfish Creole sauce—a treat you can only find in the South!
  5. After a day of shopping at the Villagio, stop by Island Time Deli and build your own sandwich. Choose from flavored wraps like spinach and sundried tomato or wheatberry bread and top with any of your favorite sliced meats, cheeses and choose from an array of toppings like pesto, jalapenos or plain old lettuce and tomatoes.
  6. Are you a bacon lover? Visit Cobalt and try their BLT with a twist. The sandwich comes with thick sliced apple wood bacon, crispy romaine and tomatoes topped with a fried egg and scrumptious aioli sauce.
  7. If you aren’t afraid of sushi, head on over to The Jellyfish for 2-for-1 sushi on Monday nights and try the Bam Roll filled with shrimp, cream cheese, smoked salmon, eel and jellyfish sauce along with the Ocean Roll made with scallops, shrimp, krabstix and topped with spicy sauce and tuna—the two rolls make a great pair.

Topics: Dining

Evening Under The Stars at Big Lagoon

Posted By Ideaworks on 08/03/2012 at 08:59AM

Stargazing in Perdido Key

Here’s your chance to look through a telescope and learn more about the stars!

Escambia Amateur Astronomers Association will hold an “Evening Under the Stars” at Big Lagoon State Park at 6 p.m. June 29. The gaze will take place at the East Beach Picnic Area, right next to the park’s three-story observation tower.

Enjoy a look through the telescope for views of the moon, various planets and other celestial objects just before sunset and stay until 10 p.m.

Participation is free, but normal park entry fees apply. Park entry is $4 for vehicles with one person and $6 for vehicles with two or more passengers.

For more information on the Escambia Amateur Astronomers, visit or call Dewey Barker after 4 p.m. at (850) 450-7767. For more Big Lagoon State Park info, call (850) 492-1595.

Topics: Parks and Nature

Meander Through the Lost Key's Nature Trails

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 06/06/2012 at 02:42PM

We might be known for our beaches, but our trails are a perfect way to get those sea legs back on track from a long day at the beach or to take that quiet romantic getaway. Either way, there is something for everyone in our state parks!

Big Lagoon State Park contains a four-story observation tower and two trails that cover over five miles of flatwoods, wetlands, and other coastal habitats. From there, travel to the powder-sand beaches and white-sand dune trails of Perdido Key State Park where protected sea oats keep the dunes together.

For a more exotic trek, check out Tarkiln Bayou State Park with their more than 100 rare plants and animals. The highlight of the park is the four species of carnivorous pitcher plants that populate the bayou. Tarkiln also boasts several trails, covering eight miles of the bayou.

Finally, you can check out the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This popular boardwalk trail also includes the Johnsons Beach Discovery Nature Trail, a half-mile trail takes you through the dunes and ends in a beautiful view of the lagoon. Also check out the Rosamond Johnson Beach, where the sand is considered to be among the whitest and most beautiful in America where opportunities for sea shell collecting abound!

Perdido Key Pelican

Photo by Mary Roth

Topics: Parks and Nature


Posted By Ideaworks on 08/03/2012 at 09:06AM

Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Visitors to Perdido Key can enjoy minor league baseball along with the sun, surf and sand that make vacations so memorable on the barrier island between Pensacola, Fla., and Orange Beach, Ala. The Key is just minutes away from the South’s newest and most stylish waterfront baseball park—Blue Wahoos Stadium, home of AA baseball and other entertainment.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, who began their first Southern League season in April and will play into September, are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds.

The brand-new, three-level stadium, which holds more than 5,000 people, overlooks Pensacola Bay, a great setting for almost any gathering. The games are family oriented, with entertainment, fireworks and other activities, usually blessed by a pleasant bay breeze.

In addition to the stadium, downtown Pensacola offers a wide range of entertainment, restaurants and nightclubs. Historic museums celebrate the city’s heritage, which dates back to its founding in 1559 by a Spanish explorer, Don Tristan de Luna.

The Blue Wahoos make Perdido Key even more attractive as a destination for people who want baseball as part of their vacation experience. Perdido Key is a relatively short drive from other Southern League teams in Birmingham, Ala; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Huntsville, Ala.; Jackson, Miss.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Pearl, Miss.; Mobile, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; and Knoxville, Tenn.

Tickets to a Blue Wahoos game cost as little as $5. Attendance is much less expensive than major league baseball. The average cost for a family of four to attend a minor league game this season is $61.23, according to Minor League Baseball. The total was calculated using the prices of two adult tickets, two child tickets, four hot dogs, two sodas, two beers, a program or scorecard and parking.

So pack your bags and enjoy a double-header of fun, great beaches and high quality baseball, too.

Fun Fact: There’s no Blue Wahoo per se. The wahoo is a predator fish known for its fighting spirit. The “blue” comes from its iridescent blue tint when it’s taken from the Gulf’s blue-green water.

Topics: Events and Festivals

5 Tips for the Wise

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/17/2012 at 03:12PM

Elderly Couple

  1. Remember to set your watch and travel alarm to local time of your destination.
  2. Pack a book or two. Sitting under a beach umbrella, with a book and drink in hand can be very relaxing after an action-packed day.
  3. Always keep medications in your hand luggage—you never know when you’ll need it.
  4. Bring sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses—there’s lots of sun in Florida and it’s important to protect yourself!
  5. Pinpoint local medical facilities in case of emergency.

Dine with Your Pooch in Perdido Key

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/15/2012 at 02:48PM

Perdido Key Pet Friendly Places

There’s good news for pets in Perdido Key—local restaurants are inviting you and your furry friend to come enjoy some time together. Take your pooch out for a bite and snap a picture—post it to our Facebook page and let us know about your experience.

The Rib Shak
17348 Perdido Key Drive
(850) 607-8017
This pet friendly restaurant is located across from the Flora-Bama. Learn more about The Rib Shak by visiting

Hub Stacey’s at the Point
5851 Galvez Road
(850) 497-0071
Hub Stacey’s overlooks the inter-coastal waterways and has tall oak trees for shade. Read more at

The Sunset Grille at Holiday Harbor Marina
14050 Canal-A-Way
(850) 492-1063
Bring your pooch in for a free dog treat and a beautiful view from the harbor. Go to for more about The Sunset Grille. 

Topics: Dining

Road Trip Travel Tips

Posted By Ideaworks on 05/14/2012 at 02:11PM

Perdido Key Road Trip

Summer travel season is finally here. Read our top tips on how to make your trip to the Key a successful one.

  1. Give your car the proper maintenance before road tripping. Check tires, oil, battery and especially the coolant level—air conditioning is important in hot Florida weather.
  2. Get directions for multiple travel routes. You never know when an accident or road closing may occur.  
  3. Carry an emergency kit with everything from flashlights and jumper cables, to band aids and ibuprofen. You can never be too prepared.
  4. Make sure to keep your gas level above one-quarter tank. No one wants to get stuck on the side of the road.
  5. Reserve your accommodations before embarking on your summer adventures. During peak summer season, rooms book up quickly.
  6. Bring entertainment for the car ride. This includes music, books on tape, magazines, pens, paper, etc.
  7. Pack snacks. Stopping every time someone is hungry can add a lot of extra time to the road trip.
  8. Acquire a travel guide for your summer travel destination. It makes for an easier trip when you already know about local restaurants, attractions, history and more.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun this Summer

Posted By Perdido Key Insider on 05/11/2012 at 04:48PM

Vacation in Perdido Key

Beach season is here—are you ready for it? Between strong summer sun and chlorine, our eyes are subject to many damaging conditions during the summer months. Here are six tips on how to keep them protected.

1.) Wear a large brimmed hat when outside. UV Radiation from the sun can trigger cataracts, so it is important to shield eyes from harmful rays.

2.) Avoid looking directly into the sun as this can cause permanent eye damage and even blindness.

3.) Use goggles when swimming in chlorinated pools. Exposure to chlorine can be irritating to the eyes and can be easily avoided.

4.) Try to stay away from the sun between the hours of 10am and 2pm. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours.

5.) Use eye drops. Eyes can become irritated from chlorine, hot weather, strong sun, sunbathing and even air conditioning. Eye drops can be used to help relieve redness and irritation.

6.) Look for sunglasses with UV protection. UV radiation from the sun can cause damage to eyelids, the cornea and other parts of the eye. Choose sunglasses with labels that say they block 99 to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays—your eyes will thank you for it later!

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