Santa Rosa Island in Florida is situated about a 15 minute drive from Fort Walton Beach, nestled alongside Okaloosa Island. Here, visitors come to and see sights such as the Gulf Islands National Seashore. For more information on what makes Santa Rosa Island such a special day trip destination during your time in Fort Walton Beach, read on below!
Plan a Day Trip to Beautiful Santa Rosa Island in Florida
Surrounded by Pensacola Bay, Choctawhatchee Bay, the Santa Rosa Sound, and the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Island is home to miles of undeveloped shoreline, preserving the natural, undisturbed beauty of the barrier island and giving visitors a window into the past simplicity of Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa Island. In short, it’s a fantastic place to plan a day trip!
On Santa Rosa Island, you and your guests can stroll along the pure white sand beaches and gaze out at crystal clear waters, soaking up the scenery or taking a dip in the water for some excellent swimming. Many visitors traveling with younger children who cannot swim comment on how clean the beaches are and how the water is shallow enough for children.
Santa Rosa Island in Florida includes beaches such as Pensacola Beach, well known for its spectacular beauty. The iconic water tower is located nearby, as is the famous flying saucer style Futuro house. There’s also the Footprints in the Sand Eco Trail, where you and your guests can learn all about Santa Rosa Island and Pensacola Beach’s natural environment, from how the snow white sand is formed to the harrowing journey that the local sea turtles undergo.
If military history is more of your forte, the Blue Angels Museum at Pensacola Navel Base will be well worth checking out. A bike path also runs along Santa Rosa Island, leading you to renowned destinations such as the National Gulf Shore and Navarre Beach Marine Park.
Stop by local restaurants such as Peg Leg Pete’s or Flounder’s Chowder House for a bite to eat during your time on the island!
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Our reservation specialists can give you local tips on making the most out of your time in Fort Walton Beach, from what to expect when you plan a day trip to Santa Rosa Island to the top things to do in Santa Rosa. Call us today and ask about reserving your lodgings in one of our magnificent vacation rentals to find out more details!