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Santa Rosa Island, Pensacola

Categories: Islands, Nature & Parks
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4.9/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • We spent a couple of hours at Fort Pickens, which was neat for a little day trip with some history. The beaches are beautiful! White sand, blue water, no trash. We saw maybe 10 people the entire time ...  read more »
  • This is a beautiful place....white beaches, dunes, blue waters. The drive is awesome from the hotel section 
  • Spent a few hours here and we absolutely loved it. Beautiful water, beautiful sand. Nice drive out to the island only $1 to get over the bridge and it didn't cost anything to park. Plenty of places to...  read more »
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