Information & Facts
Pensacola has a temperate climate with mild winters and hot
summers, with summer temperatures moderated by the southerly
prevailing winds from the Gulf of Mexico. The city has an average
343 days of sunshine a year. Late summer and autumn can be very
The best way to see the sights in the centre of Pensacola is to
board the Five Flags Trolley, run by the Escambia County Area
Transit System; it departs frequently from the Pensacola Visitor
Center. The route passes through the historic Pensacola Village
every weekday, with two lines serving the downtown area, Palafox
Street, the waterfront and North Hill Preservation District.
Another trolley service, the Tiki Trolley, runs along Pensacola
Beach on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, between Memorial Day
weekend and Labor Day weekend. Escambia also runs public buses
around the city daily except Sundays, but these do not access the
beach. There are bicycles and scooters for hire, and taxis can be
ordered by telephone from various companies.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.