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    Pensacola, Florida

    I will be visiting Pensacola next week for a few days. I know there are some Florida people here so I was hoping I could get some recommendations from locals. We are looking into moving down there. My lady has an interview down there for residency, and we should have couple days to look around town.

    Anything cool to do or see down there, any good pubs to recommend? Any beach in particular to visit? Thanks for any ideas or comments.

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    Hey, I grew up just east of P-cola. Lots of nice beaches-I usually went to Navarre, but Pensacola beach is nice, if a bit crowded. Plenty of night life and good restaurants. Shopping is good, with 2 large malls (at least the last time I was there). Good schools, if kids are involved. When you say residency, do you mean as an MD? There are some excellent hospitals there-West Florida, Sacred Heart, and Baptist (where I used to work).

    My personal recommendation, if you are there for just a couple of days, is to go to McGuire's Irish Pub (downtown, near the Civic Center) for a meal, or Flounder's on Pensacola Beach (both restaurants are owned by the same folks). This is taking for granted that the beach is back up and running after the hurricane season, which I'm not sure of. Be warned, though-this is not like south FL, where there is good beach weather year-round. It gets cold and breezy on the beaches in NW FL this time of year.

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    Forget that, what about the rides? I'm going at the end of February next year.

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    Riding is great, especially if you like it flat. Cause that's what it is. Flat. Most roads are in good condition, traffic on secondary streets tends to be light, though cars travel at a higher rate of speed than in many other areas of the country. Might be a bit chilly in February-don't expect to be in shorts.

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    My old friends cousins friend's cousins friend lives there. omg shes pretty hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    My old friends cousins friend's cousins friend lives there. omg shes pretty hot!
    You lost me after the second friend. But yeah, hot girls aplenty in the Redneck Riviera.

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    But you cant beat texan hotties jk

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    thanks Namenda,

    That is exactly what I wanted to hear. I will make sure to visit McGuire's Irish Pub, on your recommendation. Yes it's MD residency. I think its Sacred Hart hospital. She heard some good stuff about that program so she decided to check it out. Flat? I don't mind flat at all... I am in Kansas right now, it can't be any flatter.

    Hurricane damaged beaches? Scary! So how is the weather in summer then? Is it not as hot as southern Florida? Can you walk or ride bike without passing out? I've also heard something about flying giant bugs down there, and lots of lizards? Whats that all about?

    Thanks again for bar recommendation. It can be so overwhelming trying to see the whole city in only a few days, and decide if you want to live there, but it helps me a lot to have a starting point.

    Neb

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    I can attest to the lizards, though my best friend and I culled the herd quite a bit when we were kids. Mosquitoes can be bad, the rest of the bugs are harmless. It gets PLENTY hot in the summer, with brutal humidity. My high school colors were black and gold, and I did played years of football in black helmet and uniform without croaking-I think you'll survive.

    Sacred Heart is a great hospital, they are known for their excellent pediatric service. The hospital is directly across the street from Cordova Mall, so if your wife is late home from work, you'll know why!

    As far as the beaches, they were severely damaged by Ivan last year. They dodged several bullets this year, but repair work is still in progress. Santa Rosa Island (which is home to Pensacola and Navarre beaches) was reportedly underwater from Ivan. Fort Pickens (Civil War-era) was cut off from the rest of civilization. Don't know how much progress they've made there.

    And a final note-a friend and I spent the summer after HS graduation in Dodge City. What part of Kansas are you from?

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    pensacola, good place. But if you really want a good vacation come to New Orleans Louisiana! But don't live here like me. I live a 5min car ride from the city on the interstate. And you wanna know heat? In the summer here it gets 95 with the humidity in the 85+ percent!

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    Ah, New Orleans, I know (knew?) it well. Love it so much, my wife and I spent our honeymoon there That's another benefit of living in Pensacola--NO is only 2 hours away, if you drive fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cabrilo
    I will be visiting Pensacola next week for a few days. I know there are some Florida people here so I was hoping I could get some recommendations from locals. We are looking into moving down there. My lady has an interview down there for residency, and we should have couple days to look around town.

    Anything cool to do or see down there, any good pubs to recommend? Any beach in particular to visit? Thanks for any ideas or comments.
    Just stay away from the place where they're ousting 6k people due to imminent domain And oh yeah, watch out for those hurricanes
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