Perdido Key, Navarre, Pensacola Beach Fishing Charters.

If you are headed to the Emerald coast for some fun in the sun, and maybe a fishing trip or two, just west of the crowded beaches of Destin is Pensacola. This area is a wonderful part of the Florida Panhandle to vacation. There are three primary locations in the area where you might want to stay: Perdido Key, Navarre, and Pensacola Beach.

What’s the difference between them?

We get asked this question pretty often, and there really isn’t a short answer. Depending on what your vacation goals are and who you are with will impact your decision. Our goal is to simply provide you with the information about the key differences in these areas to help you make an informed decision.

Don’t worry, whichever one you choose, Next Generation Fishing Charters is close enough where you can still fish with us!

Perdido Key Fishing Charters

Perdido Key.

Perdido Key is just to the west of Pensacola, about 30 minutes by car. Perdido Key is a quiet, beautiful destination that is often overlooked by visiting tourists.

The beaches are just as white, and the water just as blue as in Pensacola, however typically there are less people.

There are a handful of great restaurants around, but not as many offer the hook and cook option that many Pensacola restaurants do. If while staying in quiet Perdido Key you decide you would like to get a taste of the night life or party scene, Orange Beach, Alabama is only a few miles down the road and there is plenty to do over there!

Navarre Fishing Charters


Navarre, in my opinion, is one of the quietest beaches that Florida has to offer. Of course during peak vacation season you are going to run into visitors no matter where you stay, but in Navarre there are usually far less visitors.

Some people want to go on vacation and sit on a quiet beach all day without a crowd, and if that is what you are looking for, then Navarre may be worth looking into. The only problem with Navarre is the lack of other things to do besides sitting on the beach.

There are just a few restaurants and even fewer other activities. If you are staying in Navarre, you will likely be making a few trips to Pensacola Beach to shop and find some good food. You could also go to Destin from there as well but if you decide to, you want to be careful, as it can be an expensive tourist trap.

Pensacola Beach Fishing Charters

Pensacola Beach.

Pensacola Beach is the “happy medium” of the three beaches. There is plenty to do, plenty of places to stay, plenty of places to eat, and plenty of beaches for everyone. While not crowded like Destin, it is not boring either, as there is usually activity and a feeling of excitement in the air. There are also lots of different price points for families to choose from while visiting Pensacola.

You can spend more and live luxuriously in Pensacola, or keep it cheap and hang out on the beach, saving money where you can!

Pensacola also has some awesome restaurants like Peg Leg Petes and the Frisky Dolphin that will do a “hook and cook” or “charter cook” as some call it.

Essentially, you come fishing with us, we rip some lips, I clean the fish for you and your party, you take them to the restaurant, and they cook your fresh catch for you! Most restaurants will cook your catch by the pound and for every 1lb of fish you have cooked you typically get 2 sides with the order. It makes for a fantastic fresh meal with friends and family!

Also, if you enjoy nightlife, there are plenty of bars and clubs to check out while you’re in Pensacola Beach. For these reasons in my opinion Pensacola Beach is the most well rounded of the three places. That being said, depending on your needs all three are great options.

I hope this all helps with your decision on where to stay while you visit. Just remember, wherever you decide to stay, I can still take you fishing and we can have a great time on the water!

Hope to see you soon and take you fishing! If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Tight lines,

Capt. Austin Lewis

A great trip is just a call away.

Tell Captain Austin what your fishing goals are so he can craft the perfect private fishing charter to meet your groups needs.

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