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“Best beach in the USA”
Review of Santa Rosa Island

Ranked #8 of 110 things to do in Pensacola
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Owner description: Pensacola Beach is the main attraction on this island.
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This was our second visit to Santa Rosa. Beautiful white sand. Crystal clear water. No hotels, homes, or buildings for miles. Lots of wildlife. The perfect place to get away from it all.

2  Thank LouZeffer
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

This really is the best kept secret in the Pensacola area. Scenic, beautiful beaches and definitely off the beaten path, yet still very close to the restaurants and bars. This has become my favorite place to visit in Florida...so don't go there!!!

5  Thank eidson72
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

The beaches at Santa Rosa, Fort Pickens, and Perdido Key are all part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore Parks. A weekly pass costs $8, and allows access to all three beaches. All beaches have toilet/shower/changing facilities, as well as open picnic areas (with roofs!) that allow you to escape the noonday heat. The beaches are incredibly clean, and free of the bar scene as there is nothing but you, the sand, and the gulf.

9  Thank melissa992
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

We loved the snowy plovers that were nesting and the little baby birds. The beach was clean and the waves were invigorating. This is a great place to visit.

2  Thank Helen C
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

We stayed in Sundunes Condos, #163. It is right on the beach with fabulous gulf views. There are two restaurants on the island, an Italian and a locally owned seafood place with frontage on the sound side of the island where there are beach volleyball courts, and a bar. There are local scooter and bike rentals. The unit where we stayed was so cute! It was decorated in a beach motif, with a balcony that spanned from the living room to the master bedroom, a kitchen and two baths and bedrooms It is a very family oriented island, quiet, safe, with bike and pedestrian walkways the entire length of the island. It is protected on both ends by the Gulf Islands National Seashore and you can drive to Pensacola directly from there. Destin is within about 30 minutes, too. We loved it and will go again and stay in the same condo!

5  Thank claricelff
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