Palm Beach Post Review of Gulf Place

Area Attractions

Santa Rosa Beach is blessed to be situated in one of the most pristine areas in the southeastern US, while still having easy access to a number of nearby State Parks, great restaurants and shopping, and all the attractions and activities available in Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, Seaside & Panama City.


Elmo's Grill

Elmo's Grill is one of our favorite places! It's a casual familiy friendly beach restaurant that's less than a five minute drive from our condo. The food is fresh, unpretentious and reasonably priced considering the great quality of the food.

One of our favorite aspects of the restaurant is that they regularly have music and activities for the kids. The activities range from playing limbo to dancing and all-around general silliness. We never get tired of this place! You'll be right at home in flip-flops and a T-shirt.
(850) 267-2299

Amore Pizzeria

Located at Gulf Place, Amore Pizzaria is a great place to have a delicious low-key pizza dinner without having to get in the car. You can either eat outside on the second-floor balcony dining area and watch all the activity in the ampetheatre and the artist's colony, or you can eat inside in the airconditioning and take a break from the sun.
(850) 267-2202

Smiling Fish Cafe - Reviews

Another great place to sit outside and enjoy a great meal. They specialize in fresh seafood with fresh seasonal vegetables.
(850) 622-3071

Miss Lucille's Gossip Parlor

Miss Lucille's is as sassy as they come! It's part ice cream shop, coffee shop, internet cafe, corner store, and gift shop. They've even been featured in Southern Living magazine. I find myself in there a couple of times every day I'm in town.


Santa Rosa Golf & Beach Club

Golf magazine called this course "The purest golf on the panhandle" and it's right next door! The beach club features ocean front fine dining. The 18 hole golf course is challenging for almost any golfer and features the areas only Gulf of Mexico fronting holes at reasonable rates.
(850) 267-1240

Nearby Parks

Eden State Gardens

Eden State Gardens is one of our favorite things to do when we need a break from the sun. The park is less than 15 minutes from our condo and is a trip back in time to Old Florida. The plantation home is surrounded by gardens shaded by centuries old Live Oak trees draped with Spanish Moss. Grand gardens surround the home and its lawns that open out onto the pristine Choctawahatchee Bay.

Grayton Beach State Park
Topsail Beach State Park

Santa Rosa Beach is fortunate to have two nearby beaches preserved as State Parks. Topsail beach is about five minutes away to the west (just beyond Elmo's Restaurant) and Grayton Beach is about ten minutes to the east. These parks are in addition to the mostly uncrowded public beaches scattered along County Highway 30A -- one of which is right across the street from our Condo and adjacent to our deeded beach area.

Gulf Place Activities

Artist At Gulf Place

The Artist's Colony is such a great part of Gulf Place. There's always something new and creative. There's lots of open space too around the Artists shops, so the kids can safely play within sight on the grass while we can look at all thre great work each of these artists do.

No matter what your taste is like, you're sure to find something interesting at one of the shops.

Butterfly Bike Rental

Rent a bike and explore the beach, the forest and the communities nearby!
(850) 622-2040

Babies-n-Town Baby Rental

Just rent all the baby stuff you need instead of lugging it down in the car or on the plane. They rent almost anything you need for babies and young children.
(850) 267-2346


Enjoy the over two acre open area in the middle of the Gulf Place Community. Play soccer, tag, or lay in the grass and enjoy the ocean breeze and the glorious Florida sun. On select summer evenings free concerts and shows are held here.

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