The Beach Princess: Kayaking at Blue Angel Recreational Center

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Updated for 2019!

I’m one of those really fortunate people who gets to live with a 50 mile radius of places other people pay thousands of dollars each year to visit. We bought kayaks several years ago as a way to go boating without spending a lot of money, and with spectacular spring weather here, we dragged several kayaks out and drove toward Pensacola, Florida. 

Blue Angel Recreational Park, which is located on Perdido Bay, is about nine 9 miles outside of the Pensacola Naval Air Station back gate. We reached it by turning off Hwy. 98 just after (or before, depending on your direction of travel) the Lillian Hwy. bridge to Florida. If you plan to arrive by boat, the GPS coordinates for the Blue Angel Marina are Latitude North 30 38.57 and Longitude West 87 42.82.

It took us 40 minutes to arrive at Blue Angel Park from Foley, Alabama, and it took less than 5 minutes to unload the kayaks from the truck, walk down the beach, and launch into the water. This made returning to the truck when we were tired and ready to go super fast.

We parked right by a pavilion that is available for rent, near lots of shaded picnic tables.

Look at all that open water!

There was a volley ball court right on the beach, and there were people playing when we arrived.

I’ve got the whole BAP map for you to see, but I also have the area where we parked over to the left of the property.

Blue Angel Park is open year-round supporting active duty, retirees, DOD civilians and their family members. Civilians can pay to play Disc Golf and Paintball.

While we brought everything we needed, Blue Angel Park also has a small outpost store with items like ice, snacks, sodas and much more.

The water was fairly shallow for a long distance, which was perfect that day for viewing sting rays.

The water wasn’t too choppy during our visit, which is good for me, since I get motion sick very easily. This also made paddling easier comparatively. I don’t like to work too hard for my outdoor recreation.

We parked the kayaks about a mile down the shore and walked for a long while. That’s a pretty good work out right there for the lower body, walking in the wet sand.

I’ve walked a lot of miles in my time, and I was delighted to see almost zero trash littering the beach. We made sure we took our plastic water bottle back with us.

We used the restroom facilities before our return trip home, and they were very clean. Given it was too cold to swim in March, we used the outdoor showers to just wash the sand off our feet. When we return to kayak and swim later this summer, we fully plan to use those showers to wash off the sand plus the salty gulf waters.

Blue Angel Park has a ton to offer besides quiet, family-friendly beaches.

  • two RV campgrounds
  • boat launch ramps
  • cabins and trailers
  • primitive campsites
  • 170 dry storage lots
  • a 35 acre paintball field
  • three 18-hole disc golf courses
  • geocaching
  • hiking/biking trails
  • miniature golf
  • fishing pier
  • children’s playgrounds
  • beaches and picnic areas
  • pavilion rentals
  • sailing classes
  • sailboat, paddleboard, kayak rentals

If you would like to stay longer than several hours in your RV, call the Blue Angel Welcome Center at (850) 390-6133 campground availability and reservations. The park has 158 RV spots available with water and electrical hookups. Both campgrounds offer showers, restrooms, pavilions, playgrounds, and laundry facilities. LP gas fill ups are available at the Outpost Marina.

Use this link for more information on Blue Angel Recreational Center. 

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