@ The Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach, Fla.

We’re @: The Holiday Inn Resort in Pensacola Beach, Fla.

What’s here: Miles of white sandy beaches, the Gulf of Mexico, great food and a new Ferris Wheel, the 360 Pensacola.

Don’t miss: The lazy river at the Holiday Inn Resort. It’s so much fun, guests from other hotels try to sneak in. Alas, a wristband is required.

Overheard: “I heard Geronimo vacationed here — if you can call that a vacation.”

Favorite activity: Paddleboarding in the bay with Water Boyz.

Pack this: Bring lots of sunscreen, sun-protective cover-up and water shoes so you can stomp through the bay side sea grass.

Look up: It’s hard to miss the fact that Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels. The highway rest areas, bridges and buildings are decorated with Boeing F/A-18 Hornets and the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules flown by this special unit. You can catch them practicing maneuvers or flying over the beach almost every day.

Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott, a.k.a., Dad, is a writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer.