Perdido Key may mean "lost island" in Spanish, but most vacationers feel like they've just found a beautiful new home when they visit this gorgeous region of Florida. Considered one of the best beaches in the country, this stretch of white sand is a perfect family vacation spot, especially because a wealth of Perdido Key condos and cozy beach houses can be found throughout this barrier island. Not only is this spot extremely popular among travelers for the surrounding beaches, natural attractions and hot spots like Flora-Bama, but it's also got one treasure just a short ride away - Pensacola.

Want to make this nearby Floridian city an important part of your itinerary? Here are some of the best features of Pensacola to look out for during your Perdido Key getaway:

Jaco's Bayfront Bar and Grille

The best activities to do on a Pensacola day tripSome Pensacola restaurants know exactly which elements are most important to a vacationer - tasty, summer-like fare, refreshing cocktails and a spectacular oceanfront view. Jaco's is one prime example, where you'll get to look out to the beautiful Pensacola Bay and Palafox Pier Marina as you dine on a grouper sandwich, salmon salsa verde or fish bouillabaisse. Be sure to order a signature flatbread for the table to share, as the restaurant is known for its diverse and creative pizzas. 

Saenger Theatre

Before you leave your three-bedroom Perdido Key house and head for the Pensacola shores, do some research on what's happening at the Saenger Theatre during your vacation. You can line up your Pensacola visit with an awesome musical or theatrical performance, such as John Prine, Straight No Chaser, "Mamma Mia!" or the Blue Man Group, which are some of the acts that have performed at the historic venue. 

Cozy neighborhoods

Every town has its own character, and Pensacola's is charming and welcoming, even to visitors who are only stopping in for a day trip. One fun way to explore Pensacola while you're there is to hit up the Palafox Market in Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza. Here, you'll find baked goods, local art, antiques, plants and fresh produce all from vendors who work and reside in the Pensacola area. Family farms and artisans set up shop every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering their best selection to those who support local and sustainable businesses. Because the market is only about a half hour away from Perdido Key vacation rentals, you can easily pack up an array of goodies like strawberries, farm-fresh eggs, lettuce, local cheeses and baked goods to bring back to your condo! Your family can have a fun night in, making a special feast with all of the foods you bought. 

Back home sweet home

Perhaps the best part about Pensacola is how you can easily venture between the quaint city and your relaxing and comfortable Perdido Key condo. While Pensacola has plenty of activities, attractions and forms of entertainment, it might be nice to stay just outside of the city in the quiet oasis of the "lost island." You'll have your pick of beaches for your family to enjoy and plenty of space to relax on your vacation rental property.