Its name is literally translated from the Spanish language as ‘Lost Island,’ and indeed, when you cross the bridge onto its pristine shores, you feel as if you have escaped to another world. Luxury condos rise high above it, interspersed with down-home seafood dives, empty sweeps of dunes, and rustic hotels. Somehow, time seems to slow down, to a pace where breathing is easier and relaxation is a mandate.
And you can go for a treasure hunt there—one that might just lead you to paradise found!
Big Lagoon State Park is hosting the Perdido Key Pirate Festival, Sept. 14, 2013, 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m., a family friendly event that includes treasure hunts for pirate coins and prizes. It also includes pirate games, live seafaring music, storytelling, face painting, a magic show, arts and crafts vendors, and more.
But this is what you don’t want to miss.
It features a ‘Hunt for the Lost Key,’ a hunt for a hidden key which entitles the lucky holder to a grand prize treasure chest, complete with a family vacation, lodging, and gift certificates to area attractions and restaurants. Many other prizes will be awarded including gift certificates for lodging, dining out, and area attractions.
The Festival is free to attend with paid park admission.
Directions: Big Lagoon State Park is located at 12301 Gulf Beach Highway, about 10 miles southwest of Pensacola.
From I-10 take Exit 7 south on Pine Forest Road. Turn right on Blue Angel Parkway, then right on Sorrento Road. Finally, go left on Bauer Road.