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About Santa Rosa Beach

One of the Beaches of South Walton

Santa Rosa Beach is one of the 13 communities located in the Beaches of South Walton. It is best known for its quiet, wide stretches of beach, consistently ranked among the nation’s best; a colorful Caribbean-style artist colony located inside the Gulf Place community; and nature trails that traverse a 15,200-acre forest.

U.S. 98 provides modern high speed access to the urban areas located both west and east of the area. Locally, County Highway 30A is the main local road connecting the quiet beach communities known collectively as the Beaches of South Walton. These towns from west to east are Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, Watercolor, Seaside, and Rosemary Beach. Our condo is right in the heart of it all!

Official Santa Rosa Beach Website

History

Much of Santa Rosa Beach and South Walton County south of the Choctawahatchee Bay remains as it existed before European settlers arrived. First plantations, then later large paper companies, left the swamp and pine forested area untouched.

Santa Rosa Beach includes the historic community of Point Washington, where the Wesley Mansion, built in the 1890’s and houses the largest collection of original Louis XVI antiques resides in the beautiful Eden State Gardens. Once a thriving lumber mill during the turn of the century, it has since been dedicated to the state for preservation. Topsail Hill State Preserve, located in the community of Santa Rosa, could be the state’s most pristine piece of property; its beach, dunes, coastal dune lake and cypress swamp have remained nearly untouched since the first Europeans settled here five centuries ago. Santa Rosa Beach offers several entrances to Point Washington State Forest, a 15,000-acre preserve with more than 10 miles of trails.

Gulf Place hosted the 2007 Seabreeze Jazz Festival at their 2-acre amphitheater as well as other outdoor events. The Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club is nestled between the Emerald Coast’s favorite attractions....the sugar-white sand beaches and thriving woodlands. It features 18 challenging golf holes that wind through the pure white sands, pristine ponds and lush vegetation of Santa Rosa Beach and is located right next door to the Gulf Place Community!