Johnson Beach:::Â Gulf side beach located in Perdido Key, FL. This beach is wide and the sand usually has minimal debris. There are exceptional facilities available including 2 large covered pavilions with picnic tables and restrooms. There are no large dunes to block north winds. There is ample space for SLKs, multi-line kites, and buggies. Since this is a National Park property, there is an $8 entrance fee per vehicle (or inquire at the gate about an annual pass).Â Â Â (Review by Anita Wheeler) Maritime Park:Â Â Bayfront grassy flying field located in downtown Pensacola, FL. This is a good spot for light wind flying with multi-line kites. Flying may be sketchy if wind from the east or west due to buildings. SLKs may not be retrievable if they lose power and end up in the water. Not an acceptable site for power or buggy kiting. Facilities may or may not be available, depending on baseball game schedule. (Review by Anita Wheeler) Ashton Broshnahan Park:Â Soccer/baseball fields located off Ten Mile Road in Pensacola, FL. This spot consists of large open grassy areas that are accessible for flying even on game days. The sport fields are not open for public use. Restrooms and concessions open during games. Due to the amount of trees surrounding the area, the winds can be sketchy. A steady wind, however, does make for some quality practice time. There is no fee associated with this area. (Review by Anita Wheeler) Langdon Beach:Â Gulf side beach located on the property of Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa Island (Pensacola Beach), FL across the road from the Langdon Battery. This beach is wide and the sand usually has minimal debris. There are exceptional facilities available including a large covered pavilion with picnic tables and restrooms. A north wind is normally blocked by the large Battery. There is ample space for SLKs, multi-line kites, and buggies. Since this is a National Park property, there is an $8 entrance fee per vehicle (or inquire at the gate about an annual pass). (Review by Anita Wheeler) Park West:Â Â Gulf side beach located on Santa Rosa Island (Pensacola Beach), FL at the last parking lot prior to entering the Fort Pickens National Park property. This beach is usually an acceptable area to fly. During certain times of the year, some portions of the beach may be blocked off due to turtle nesting. Also, this is a popular spot during tourist season and can become somewhat crowded. There are restroom facilities and several covered picnic tables located behind the dunes. This is a good spot for flyers looking to impress spectators. There is no additional fee associated with this beach area. (Review by Anita Wheeler) Casino Beach:Â Gulf side beach located on Santa Rosa Island (Pensacola Beach), FL. This is â€œground zeroâ€? for Pensacola Beach. There are several hotels, restaurants, shops, and bars located in the vicinity. This area can be challenging to fly kites during most of the year due to the amount of people. The beach is clean and wide but there may not a safe amount of space for kiting. Beach officials are not supportive of kite flying in this area. There is a fishing pier located here as well. There is no additional fee associated with this beach area. (Review by Anita Wheeler) Opal Beach:Â Gulf side beach located on Santa Rosa Island halfway between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, FL. There are several covered pavilions with picnic tables and restrooms available. The beach is wide in some areas, not so much in others. Areas are blocked off for nesting birds and turtles. The sand is more or less clean but there is random debris. There is sufficient space for SLKs, multi-line kites, and buggies. This is a National Park property and an $8 entrance fee per vehicle applies (check with gate for annual pass). (Review by Anita Wheeler) Parking Lot #1 Navarre Beach National Seashore:Â Located 4 miles west of the stop sign by Juana's and Tom Thumb. Open area and great wind coverage from all directions. Usually very light traffic from beach goers year round. No restroom facilities or coverage so bring an unbrella, a cooler and stop at Tom Thumb on the way for a restroom break. Very clean sand. (Review by Justin Wheeler) Navarre Beach Park:Â Park in the lot as far east as possible. Restroom facilities and showers are available as well as covered pavilions. Until there is another beach renourishment project there is not enough room unless one walks east all the way to the end of the man made dune. This stretch of land borders the Federal land and has excellent coverage for wind from all directions. Clean sand. The walk is a good 200 or so yards from the beach access boardwalk and the pavelions. (Review by Justin Wheeler) Fort Walton Beach:Â Gulf side beach located at the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island, FL. This is a popular area for tourists and, at times, may be too congested for safe kiting. The beach is wide and the sand is free of debris. This beach is fronted by a large shopping/restaurant complex which can block winds from the north. Of note, one of only 2 local kite shops in the area, Kitty Hawk Kites, is located in the shopping complex. They sponsor an annual kite festival each spring and provide a designated, staked-off area for SLKs as well as a separate area multi-line kites and buggy enthusiasts. There is a fishing pier located here as well. There is no usage fee for this area. (Review by Anita Wheeler) The Matterhorn:Â About 2.5 miles east of the KHK Okaloose Island. Huge area that is usually wide open during the week. Tends to get busy during the weekends with beach goers from Destin and FWB. No facilities available. Sand has an unusually high mixture of shells that can get sharp during ground work and unplanned landings. Great wind coverage from all directions but the NE due to the large dune. (Review by Justin Wheeler) Miracle Strip Pkwy SE:Â 3 miles east of the KHK Okaloosa Island. Road side parking and a much shorter walk across the dune to the beach. Excellent, clean sand and plenty of room to fly on lines over 100'. Area can get busy during weekends, but is very sparse during the week. Excellent wind coverage from winds except for any from the North due to the blocking dunnes. A very good place for flight. (Review by Justin Wheeler) Noriega Point:Â Gulf side beach located at harbor entrance in Destin, FL. This area is accessible by a quick boat shuttle or a long drive/walk. Expect to haul gear up a steep bank to get to a prime spot. The layout of the area makes for a good-sized flying field for SLKs and multi-line kites. Not a good area for buggies. Not usually people-dense because of the accessibility issue. Due to the large shopping/restaurant complex located across the harbor from the field, kite-flying in a north wind is not possible. Of note, one of only 2 local kite shops in the area, Kitty Hawk Kites, is located at Harborwalk Village. They sponsor an annual kite festival at this site in August. There is no usage fee for this area but there will likely be a fee for the boat shuttle. (Review by Anita Wheeler)
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