Visit Santa Rosa Beach: 5 Reasons to Love This 30A Spot

Ever dreamed of beaches without crowds? Try Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, a Gulf Coast city full of history and charm. Located in South Walton — an area made up of beach neighborhoods and semi-transient residents — Santa Rosa Beach provides an ideal destination for those who want to kick back and enjoy the vibes. Get ready to visit Santa Rosa Beach and explore the area.

Visit Santa Rosa Beach: Top 5 Things to Do

See Native Plants and Animals at Deer Lake State Park

Home to a rare coastal dune lake, Deer Lake State Park welcomes nature lovers. See magnolias, golden aster, woody goldenrod, scrub oaks and patches of lupine. Spring and summer offer a prime time to view wildflowers, which are surrounded by butterflies and migratory birds. Guests also enjoy walking on the beach, searching for snowy plover nests and picnicking with loved ones.

Learn About Hollywood History of Santa Rosa Beach

The Wesley Mansion sits in Eden Gardens State Park, a 163-acre area open to visitors. This turn-of-the-century home houses a collection of Louis XVI furniture, as well as moss-covered live oaks, white columns and picturesque scenery. Fun fact: The Wesley Mansion was a set in the 1970s Sci-Fi horror film, Frogs. 

Relax on Miles of Beaches

As with all raved-about beach destinations, plan to spend lots of time at the beach. Whether a good book and a great tan call or the fitness bug bites, guests have over 10 miles of beach to enjoy. Relax on the warm sand and listen to the waves roll into shore. Then find trails for walking, running and hiking to see cypress swamps and rare coastal forest. Santa Rosa Beach offers an attraction in itself.

Shop Gulf Place Towncenter

Gulf Place is located in the heart of Santa Rosa Beach. As one of the first urban developments in the 30a area, Gulf Place serves as a prime spot for shopping, eating and entertainment. Shop boutiques for bikes, fashion, official gear and special occasions. Then munch of local treats at an area restaurant. Beach town means fresh seafood and pizza guests can’t find anywhere else. While strolling Gulf Place, look for large turtle art made by locals.

Play at Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club

One of the best golf courses in the area, Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club give golfers a place to escape. The 18-hole course has two that back up to the Gulf of Mexico, providing water view with challenging greens. After playing golf, take a break at Vue on 30a. This signature restaurant serves some of the freshest food in the area complete with stunning views.

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