Top 5 Naval Bases 4.2/5 (5)

We’ve thrown down on the Marine Corps, the Army, and now it’s time for the Navy. The top 5 Naval bases are sure to have some people groan, some disagree and some nod their head in joyful nostalgia. The sun, the surf, food, and activities available help us round out this list.

1. Naval Station Rota

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What more, in life is there than beautiful beaches, great food, and great drink? Not much. At Naval Station Rota you’ll find all of the above and then some along with vibrant nightlife for the younger single sailors.

2. Naval Air Station Sigonella

top 5 naval bases

Much like the Army, if you’re in Italy, you’re extremely close to a lot of really great European travel destinations and the local cuisine is hard to beat. Couple that with the rich history of Italy and the Mediterranean Sea, there are tons of places to eat drink and be merry or enjoy a day on the beach.

3. Naval Air Station Pensacola

Home of the United States Navy’s Blue Angel flight demonstration team, Pensacola, Florida offers some great weather (minus the hurricanes) and great beaches along the Gulf Coast. There is an Air Museum if you want to get off the beach and out of the heat as well as great seafood dining opportunities as well.

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4. Naval Base Pearl Harbor

What more can be said about this base? The rich history, Arizona Memorial, the tropic paradise. Yes, we know the locals aren’t the biggest fans and cost of living is pretty high, but the truth is you make the most of where you’re at and you’re in a sunny tropical paradise with tons of stuff to do.

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5. Naval Base Coronado

Located just a short drive away is San Diego (it means, a whales…) a beautiful city with a huge military presence and there is again, a plethora of things to do from surfing to golf, to Sea World, harbor tours and so much more. San Diego is a town where you can always find something to do.

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  1. Hachiko56
    January 17, 2018 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    For the second time in three years, Commander, Naval Installations Command selected NAS Whidbey Island as the Navy’s top large installation this year and the overall recipient for the Navy’s Installation Excellence Award.

    • John Fannin
      January 18, 2018 at 7:54 am — Reply

      We salute the fine men and women who serve at NAS Whidbey Island. Sorry you guys didn’t make our list, we polled several sailors from blue side to green side, career and one term enlisted and selected their favorites. Maybe next time!

  2. January 18, 2018 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Rota topped the list? Sigonella 2nd? Who did this Survey???

    • John Fannin
      January 18, 2018 at 8:56 am — Reply

      A whole lotta sailors brother!

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John spent four years as a 0351, Infantry Assaulltman in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to the city of Ramadi, Iraq with 3rd Battalion 7th Marines. After leaving the Marine Corps in 2008 John pursued a degree in Kinesiology from Texas Lutheran University. During his time at TLU, John was fortunate enough to play football for a year and serve the local community as a volunteer firefighter. After graduating John worked as a personal trainer for few years before coming to work at American Grit. John is also the proud owner of a great beard.