Crabs We Got ’em in Pensacola Beach, Florida was a fast family favorite. It is the epitome of the kitschy seafood restaurant on the beach. It was a must on many lists that I read while planning our trip. The moment I looked up photos of the place I knew it was for us. From the crab related art work and the caged birds out front to the beach playground and beach front outdoor tables, this place was made for families.
I normally spend some time picking accommodations and planning a couple of restaurant options. This is especially important if we go out for seafood because one of our girls has food allergies. With a little advance notice you can work around allergies sometimes. I called ahead and we were able to make arrangements for her to be served macaroni and cheese before the rest of us got any food. She then played at the on-site playground while we ate at a neighboring table that they had saved for us. We were very impressed with the service. They were very accommodating and our waitress was super friendly.
There is something amazing about eating seafood while listening to the waves crash and staring out over the tranquility of the ocean. The food here was amazing! The hubby and I had a couple of crab traps (their signature drinks). We lingered over appetizers and dinner as the sun went down. The fried crab claws, calamari, and the tray of gulf blue crabs were our favorites.
While I am typically very budget conscience, this place was expensive. The food is great and the atmosphere is even better. If you wanted to do this on a tighter budget, I would suggest the Gulf blue crab tray steamed in beer. It was local, well priced, and big enough you could share. You could skip the drinks. The appetizers were so delicious I have trouble telling you to skip them. Maybe just one appetizer. We really love food! Sometimes you just have to splurge on a good meal. It’s good for the soul.
This place was an easy walk down the beach to our hotel. We took our time walking back, enjoying the beauty of the beach at night with the crabs scurrying around. Isabella would scream every time one went running near her. Ivy loved them. The girls are very different with things like that. We passed an area that was blocked off for a sea turtle nest. Both of the girls were excited to see that.
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A walk out on the Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier is required if you are in the area. It is simply beautiful! You can pay to fish for the day or pay a small nominal observer fee to walk out and take in the views. We were lucky enough to be here on a perfect day. Sunshine, a nice breeze, dolphins just visible jumping in the background, and not too big of a crowd helped to make this a relaxed family afternoon to remember. We brought some bottled water, layered on the sunscreen, and just spent an hour or so taking it all in. We watched a little girl reel in a large fish while her father proudly looked on and bragged that she was having all the luck. There is a bait/souvenir shop that also rents fishing poles by the day, a diner, and restrooms.
Family Travel is about making memories together that will last a lifetime. Remember the wonder in your child’s eyes when they see something amazing. I only have a few photographs from that afternoon but I have the moment that 5 year old Isabella looked out over the waves whispering “Wow” and 14 year old Ivy shouting “Is that a dolphin jumping?” to recall for the rest of my life. Take the time to step back and take in those perfect moments with your children because they will be grown too soon.
We had the pleasure of taking the family on a trip to the beautiful white sandy beach in Pensacola, FL in 2015. Lounging in the sun, playing in the mild waves, building sandcastles, and enjoying spectacular views was the perfect way to spend a day.
Parking was incredibly easy to find and there was a bathhouse near this area. There was an area there to spray off, use the restroom, and change into dry clothing before driving to our nearby hotel. The beach and parking are free. This area does have a lot of seaweed in the water during this time of year.
Warning the sun here is not to be messed with! Layer on the sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Remind kids often to stay hydrated because it’s easy for them to get so busy playing and swimming that they forget to drink enough.
What is it about the beach that makes you feel so at peace? I cannot wait to visit this little slice of heaven again! It is a great family beach to take the kids to. I highly suggest it! They are only young once. Make all the memories you can! This day will definitely be one I recall for years and years to come. Remembering Isabella’s jaw-dropping at the vastness of the ocean, playing in the waves, collecting little shells, Ivy boogie boarding with her Dad, building sandcastles, and the sound of sweet little giggles as my legs were slowly buried in the sand will make me smile for years to come.