Pensacola is separated in the 3 main areas. The beach is about 20 minutes south of downtown making it much more quiet and remote than most cities with beaches near them. Downtown itself is a fun adventure as they have many shops, dining options, and activities that both adults and children will enjoy. If you are staying in the town itself you don't neccisarily need a rental car but if you are staying in Woodland Heights or the Pensacola Beach area we recommend a rental for convenience and affordability. Be sure to check out what we think are the best neighborhoods in Pensacola.