These island communities also feature lots of waterfront dining and nightlife.
Vacation destinations with sugar-white sands on the Gulf
Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach are vacation destinations located on Santa Rosa Island between the Florida Panhandle and the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. These communities offer some of the world’s most beautiful beaches with sugar-white sands stretching out to the shimmering Gulf. These island communities also feature lots of waterfront dining and nightlife.
Housing options in Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach include luxury condominiums with first-class amenities and incredible views over the Gulf. There are also gorgeous single-family homes in a variety of styles, including highly sought-after contemporary masterpieces.
Despite boasting some of the finest white sand beaches in Florida, both Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach tend to be less crowded than many of the state’s better-known vacation destinations. Mild weather year-round provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the incredible scenery and endless outdoor recreation.
The beautiful curving coastline of Santa Rosa Island is dotted with premier dining destinations combining exquisite meals with spectacular views. serves mouthwatering fresh seafood and tropical island cocktails in a sophisticated clubbing setting with frequent live music performances. has been a Santa Rosa Island landmark since 1979. This fun seafood dining destination is decorated with artifacts, including a 1940s shrimp boat, the original 1950s Santa Rosa Island sign, confessional booths and stained glass windows from a New Orleans church, and a world-record 980lb blue marlin. The food is every bit as enjoyable as the décor, with a wide selection of land and sea dishes and specialty sushi rolls. overlooks the docks on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island. Menu favorites at this relaxed eatery include coastal crab claws, baked oysters, lobster bisque, and New England clam chowder. Daily specials at Hemingway’s include $1 jerk chicken wings on Mondays, $2 mahi-mahi tacos on Tuesdays, $5 shrimp po boys on Wednesdays, prime rib at $1 per ounce on Thursdays, and $5 burgers every Sunday. is packed with great places to dine, drink, and shop. Pick up stylish new clothing at boutiques such as Ardor and , or stop by for everything you need to enjoy the beach. The boardwalk also has a large seashell stage that hosts many live concerts throughout the year.
Casino Beach is the most popular of the island’s stretches of sugar-white sands. juts out 1,471 feet into the Gulf right next to Casino Beach. On the northwest corner of the island, is a historic site featuring preserved buildings from an 1820s army base. The U.S. Navy flight demonstration squad known as the Blue Angels practice their technique on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings between March and October. These talented aerial acrobats can easily be seen from both Casino Beach and Fort Pickens. You can see the Blue Angels in all of their glory during July’s and November’s . The July Blue Angels performance caps off Red, White and Blue Week celebrations, which also include a spectacular display.
Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach are served by the Escambia and Santa Rosa County Public School Districts.
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