Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, located between Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, is a historic beachfront community well worth any visit to the Florida Panhandle region. Located along US Highway 98 both north and south and bordered by Sandestin on the west and US Highway 331 to the east, this quiet community has benefitted from hotels and beach house rentals over the past few decades.
With a population of around 11,457 people per the 2010 census, this community is perfect for beach fans, fishing enthusiasts, golfers, and anyone looking to enjoy a Florida beach with a few less crowds than are found further down the peninsula.
There are public tee times at the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club, perfect for public players who are okay with being limited to practice prior to play. Created in 1969, there are 18 holes with a par 72 course that wind right up to the Gulf of Mexico. Believe it or not, there are elevation changes to experience as well.
If you’d like to get out on the water and do a little fishing, Santa Rosa Charters LLC, 30A Fishing Charters, and 30A Inshore Charters all offer professional services. Those are just a selection of the area charters which are plentiful and eager to get you and your bait and tackle out on the Bay or the sea so you can catch your own dinner.
Apart from the beach and downtown scene, there are hidden gems tucked away to be discovered. You might relish parking near Oyster Lake and checking out change of scenery there. Perhaps you might want to check out Santa Rosa Pottery and see if there’s a piece you’d like to take home. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll likely never forget the memories made in this lovely Florida town.