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“Sweet Beach!”
Review of Santa Rosa Island

Ranked #8 of 110 things to do in Pensacola
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Owner description: Pensacola Beach is the main attraction on this island.
Reviewed July 21, 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.

Thank Pete_E_of_SA
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Reviewed July 14, 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 find miles of protected, unspoiled, white sand beaches. Be careful to park in designated areas only, as the sand is too soft to park on. Also, be sure to observe speed limits, which are changed during some seasons to protect native wildlife. Opal Beach in the National Seashore has great facilities with plenty of parking.

Crowds peak at Memorial Day, July 4, and the annual Blue Angels Airshow, usually the weekend after July 4. Traffic to the island from Pensacola backs up during peak times. Go early!

Tourists need to heed the warning flags and beware of rip currents. Swimming near the lifeguards is always best. Bring plenty of sunscreen!

9  Thank Terri P
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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.

1  Thank trnichols
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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.

1  Thank Bonden-in-Florida
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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.

2  Thank LouZeffer
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