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Santa Rosa Island

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Address: Pensacola, FL

Pensacola Beach is the main attraction on this island.

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Be envious, I get to live here.

Moved here two years ago for the white sand, blue waters, and incredible views. Pensacola Beach is yet to be discovered (another reason to love it), but it is only a matter of... read more

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Laurence S
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49 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Moved here two years ago for the white sand, blue waters, and incredible views. Pensacola Beach is yet to be discovered (another reason to love it), but it is only a matter of time.

Thank Laurence S
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely awesome place. We come twice a year. Quiet, beautiful nature lovers dream. Full of history. The fort is a great place to explore. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

Thank Sarah W
New Orleans, Louisiana
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Santa Rosa Island is always my destination when I am looking for a beautiful beach that's not too crowded and a family type atmosphere. The beaches are clean and the water clear. There are many shops, restaurants and fun activities very close by on the island.

Thank DarcelMueller
Concord, United States
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258 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the week here and had a wonderful time. We rented a house and did all of our own cooking, all within walking distance to the beach. Lazy Day Beach Rentals provided us with chairs and umbrellas and the local Winn Dixie down the street provided us with everything we needed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you head towards... More 

Thank Jimmie H
Anderson, Indiana
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67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I hate to give away my secret, but this beach is the best spot in Florida! While this beach isn't the biggest in the state, it is super clean and not populated ~ both of which are important to me.

1 Thank Kerrie W
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64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Imagine you want to get away from it all, with a white, snowy, powdery, sandy beach without any rocks, a nice umbrella to give you some shade, sitting on a beach chair, looking out over emerald green water, with a nice cold drink in your hand. Yes, this image I just painted is what it's like on Santa Rosa Island... More 

3 Thank RonRalph1959
Pensacola, Florida
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41 reviews
27 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 April 2017

The beaches look like snow and feel like sugar crystals on your toes. The water gleams like emeralds; thus the name calling 'The Emerald Coast'.

1 Thank Laura W
Valparaiso, Indiana
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82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Take this more interesting route and you'll not regret it. The island is both upscale in places, rustic in other places, and natural dunes in the natural areas. No tolls coming on the east end and leaving the west end bridge...don't know if there are tolls in the other direction.

1 Thank David R
Scottsville, Virginia
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

If you desire beautiful deserted beaches,this is the place to go. We went in March it was a little windy but we enjoyed them anyway.

Thank fmcguffey
Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Went to the beach near the west end to have a picnic lunch and it was so lovely we ended up staying until sunset. Not crowded (during spring break), very clean, nice sand, easy parking and very relaxing. Made for an exceptionally nice day.

Thank harrartom

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