I love shoulder seasons at the beach. The crowds have thinned, the summer heat is abating, and the water's still warm enough for swimming. If you really need any more reason to go, how about a $300 incentive?
Pensacola announced a new "You Play, We Pay!" promotion that rewards visitors with an AmEx gift card worth up to $300 for booking a stay in Escambia county before the end of September. The visitor's center will award you $100 for each night's stay (up to $300) with proof of payment. The gift cards are good for use anywhere, any time, at your discretion.
Here's how to get it:
1. Register for the program on VisitPensacola.com
2. Make a reservation directly with a hotel or other lodging property in Escambia County (Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, or the mainland).
3. Save your receipt. After paying your lodging bill (pre-pay if you want the card to spend during your stay), present your receipt to the nearest visitor's center (you'll find one on Pensacola Beach, on Perdido Key, and on the mainland).
How's the Beach? I'm happy to report that it's looking once again like the beach I know and love. According to the daily report (see updates on CuriousAboutOurCoast.com) all beaches in Escambia County and the Gulf Islands National Seashore are open for swimming and fishing, though there have been some minimal reports of oil effects (scattered tar balls and such) over the past few weeks.
This photo was taken today at Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach. Keep tabs on the state of the beach and check out more daily photos at CuriousAboutOurCoast.com/photos.
Photo: Courtesy Pensacola CVB