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Santa Rosa Island

Pensacola, FL
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Ranked #4 of 52 attractions in Pensacola
Type: Islands
Description: Pensacola Beach is the main attraction on this island.
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Euless, Texas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

I'm prejudiced, as I grew up when there were no tall buildings on the Island, and you could stop almost anywhere and get in the water. Those places are still there, even though most things are set up for the tourist trade. However, you can still find quiet spots, or go with the flow. Your choice. Most things on the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Why go to the Bahamas-Atlantis when you can go to Portofino. This DELUXE spa residence-resort has it all and the Gulf of Mexico pure white sand, emerald clear water and quite near-deserted sound-side is perfect for a solo, couple or family getaway.

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

There are several parts to this island. We did spend some time at Pensacola Beach, behind our hotel. After several days the sea weed came in. It turned the water into a horrible mess. Further down the road we went onto the National Park Service area. It costs to get in. You can go see Ft Pickens also. The beaches... More

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Pensacola, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very well maintained beach. It's family friendly but still has lots for the adults to do. GREAT vacation spot!

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San Antonio, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Just awesome it's beautiful here. The water seems totally different from most of the rest of the gulf coast. Florida just got lucky.

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Pensacola, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The island is about 50 miles long, a barrier island off the coast of northwest Florida. It stretches from Pensacola to Destin. At the east end, the name changes to Okaloosa Island. The two ends of the island are bustling with condos, hotels, shopping, and restaurants. The sweet spot is the center, especially the Gulf Island National Seashore. Here you... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Don't let anyone kid you.The best beaches in Florida are in the panhandle.Talcom powder white sand,just like Siesta beach in Sarasota where I live.The difference is Siesta is crowded and the panhandle beaches are not.

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Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
5 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

And the National Seashore just gets more beautiful. It gets hammered by hurricanes, and still it's spectacular. Emerald waters, white sands, beautiful birds, Blue Angels, sublime sunsets.

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Gainesville, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This was our second visit to Santa Rosa. Beautiful white sand. Crystal clear water. No hotels, homes, or buildings for miles. Lots of wildlife. The perfect place to get away from it all.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This really is the best kept secret in the Pensacola area. Scenic, beautiful beaches and definitely off the beaten path, yet still very close to the restaurants and bars. This has become my favorite place to visit in Florida...so don't go there!!!

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