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Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola

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Santa Rosa Island is a 40-mile barrier island located in the U.S. state of Florida, thirty miles east of the Alabama state border. The communities of Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, and Okaloosa Island are located on the island. On the northern lee side, of the island, are Pensacola Bay on the west and Choctawhatchee Bay on the east, joined through Santa Rosa Sound.Santa Rosa Island has weathered numerous hurricanes and other tropical cyclones, including the hurricane of September 1559, Hurricane Erin and Hurricane Opal, Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Dennis, Tropical Storm Claudette, and the remnants of Hurricane Ida .Parts of the island are protected from development within the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Santa Rosa Island was the site of a settlement in August 1559 led by Tristan de Luna from New Spain, considered the earliest European settlement in what is now the mainland United States.
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  • I honestly feel like I should say 1 star & stay away!! This is one of those amazing places that you almost don't want to share with anyone!! The drive in was one of the most beautiful experiences.. th...  more »
  • Miles and miles of public beaches with the white sugar sands of the Gulf Coast. Lots of parks with facilities 
  • The beaches on this island are so beautiful and soft it's easy to see how these beaches continue to receive the acclaim - it is well deserved. We stayed at the Beach Club and gazed at the beach as oft...  more »