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Santa Rosa Island

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Address: Pensacola, FL
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Pensacola Beach is the main attraction on this island.

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Great Family Beach!

I've been going to this beach with my family for over 20 years! Each year it is just as wonderful as the time before! You cannot beat the white fluffy sand! There's lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 February 2016
Emily C
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
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58 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

I've been going to this beach with my family for over 20 years! Each year it is just as wonderful as the time before! You cannot beat the white fluffy sand! There's lots of different places to stay and a great variety of restaurants and activities to do on the island as well.

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Maroa, Illinois
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

This place was so quiet and beautiful. Very peaceful at this time of year can't wait to go back. Gat it if nature and history.

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Thank Dsarna
Richmond, Virginia
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32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

The beaches and dunes are beautiful in the winter too plus still a good selection of restaurants, grills and bars to pick from. Just happened to be there for their spectacular Mardi Gras parade.

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3 Thank MICKEY O
Oahu, Hawaii
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9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Talk about a stretch of sand! Choose to just sit on a bench overlooking the Gulf, take a walk on the Pier and watch people pull in big fish, sit at a table at one of the restaurants and have a glass of wine, or just lay on the white sand beach. This island has areas where you can be... More 

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3 Thank BAR0810
Pensacola, FL
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440 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

This is an Island that the west end belongs to Escambia Countuy and as every beach on the Emerald Coast is pure white sand. The emerald Green water is what designates the area from Gulf Shores, AL east to Panama City, FL. If you are in lower Eastern USA this is a must see and swim location.

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3 Thank JiamesB
wales
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79 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Totally unspoiled area a place to go to get away from the crowded beaches. The sand`s like powder plenty of parking areas along the road with boardwalks on to the beach.

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2 Thank pysgodyn
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334 reviews
97 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for white sandy beaches and blue green waters you will enjoy Santa Rosa Beach. A lot of of it is long stretches of secluded beach without all the condos and bars. You can walk for miles along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and collect sea shells or just sit on the warm sugary white... More 

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2 Thank Norman D
Portland, Oregon
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98 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

We enjoyed the beaches on the island much more than the ones closer to Pensacola. There were no crowds and it was easier to walk along the edge of the water due to lack of the sand build up. Absolutely gorgeous.

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2 Thank Willy W
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

I've been coming to Santa Rosa Island every year since the mid-1970s. It's a wonderful place to vacation but it can be crowded in the areas closest to the hotels. Here's where you need to go: head to the westernmost side of the island, within the Gulf Islands National Seashore area (Ft. Pickens). There's an admission fee, which discourages a... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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155 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

We stayed four nights here for the first time and were amazed at the beauty of the white sand beaches here! We also loved that you can experience the Gulf Islands National Seashore on both the east and the west sides of the island, giving you not only pristine beach access but the sense of what the area was like... More 

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