Santa Rosa Beach
Santa Rosa BeachBustling with Activity & Life
Explore local boutiques, browse art galleries and indulge in award-winning cuisine.
Geographically the largest beach neighborhood in South Walton – touching both the Choctawhatchee Bay to the north and the Gulf of Mexico to the south and stretching from Sandestin to Inlet Beach – Santa Rosa Beach offers an incredible amount of diversity.
Whether you want to shop, eat, lounge on the beach or paddle board and bike, a stay in this beach neighborhood has you covered. In fact, Travel + Leisure named Santa Rosa Beach as one of its top five favorite towns in America.
Not only is this beach neighborhood bustling with activity, it’s also full of history. Originally founded in 1910 along Hogtown Bayou, Santa Rosa Beach is home to the historic community of Point Washington where you’ll find the Wesley Mansion, built in the 1890s in what is now Eden Gardens State Park.
Foodies can indulge in everything from fresh Gulf seafood and sushi to mouthwatering Mexican fare and rustic Italian in Santa Rosa Beach. For a special treat, soak up the perfect South Walton sunset at Vue on 30A while enjoying carefully curated creations from chef Isley Whyte.
Santa Rosa Beach is also home to two craft breweries. Check out Grayton Beer Company and Idyll Hounds Brewing Company for a truly local taste of South Walton.
Thankfully (considering all those restaurants and breweries), Santa Rosa Beach also contains the sprawling Point Washington State Forest, which covers more than 15,100 acres. Amid the beautiful forests of longleaf pines and meandering trails, nature lovers can burn off as many calories as they’d like!
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There’s no better way to get “up close and personal” with South Walton than a bike ride along the Timpoochee Trail. The approximately 18.5-mile trail, named after an influential Euchee Indian Chief, winds past dune lakes and state parks and beach access points through several charming beach neighborhoods. It’s a perfect day trip for the family, an ideal way to get some exercise, and a whole lot of fun.
What goes better with the beach than relaxing with a cold beer or a fine wine? Not much, but it sure helps if you have variety, and your options are growing by the minute in South Walton. Whether you want a relaxed bar, a casual tour or a festival, you'll have no problem getting into the beach spirit.
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