2018-03-01 / Features


by Nathan Cobb

or many college students, spring break is the most anticipated time of the year. It’s chance to ditch campus, blow off some mid-semester steam and spend a week away from any classroom obligations.

However, before venturing off toward coastal climes and white sands, remember the sometimes-forgotten essentials: sunscreen, beach chairs, a good beach playlist and water -- lots of water.

For those looking to spice up their break, Pensacola and Gulf Breeze offer many paddle-boarding, jet-skiing and dolphin-cruising opportunities. Pensacola PaddleSport Rentals, for example, is located in Bayview Park and has kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats available for rent, and they are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more water-sport activities, Radical Rides, located at 444 Pensacola Beach Blvd., has jet skis, parasailing and boat rentals.

Additionally, Premier Dolphin Cruise and Aquatic “Chase-n-Fins” Charters have morning, mid-day and evening cruises for $27 and $25. The two-hour trips pair eager fin-fans with informative captains, and guests are welcome to bring drinks and snacks (alcohol is allowed, but only in plastic containers or cans.)

Other local events include Open Mic Night at Waterboyz every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.; O’Riley’s Sunday Brunch with bottomless mimosas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; College Night at Seville Quarter every Thursday, with free admission for those with valid college student ID until 10 p.m.;Downtown Pensacola’s Grog March (a Manna Food Pantries drive put on by O’Riley’s) on March 3 from 4 to 10 p.m.; and the “Go Irish on the Island” St. Paddy’s Day Pub Crawl on March 17.

No matter where spring break takes you, remember to be responsible. There are many forms of safe transportation available, including: Uber, Choice Taxi and the Yellow Cab of Pensacola. For additional information on upcoming March events in Pensacola and the surrounding area, see Save the Date on pages 22-23.

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