Rubbing shoulders with famous beaches in Bali, the Seychelles and Hawaii, Santa Rosa Beach in the heart of Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast was recently selected as one of the world’s 10 Best Beach Destinations for 2011 by Yahoo Travel readers. Long stretches of white sugar sand beach lapped by clear blue ocean waters make Santa Rosa Beach a world-class beach site and the perfect location for your Florida vacation or retirement home. One of the idyllic Beaches of South Walton, Santa Rosa Beach is pleasantly quiet and relaxed, providing a delightful counterpoint to the excitement of nearby Panama City Beach, which is just a short drive away.
High-end shopping and wonderful art galleries abound in this quiet, discerning community. Discover delightful boutiques and designer beachwear at Gulf Place, the town’s waterfront shopping district. Santa Rosa Beach residents can also enjoy northwest Florida’s premier professional theater company, the Seaside Repertory Theatre, located in nearby Seaside. The Wesley Mansion heritage home boasts one of the largest collections of Louis XVI antiques and is just one of several interesting area museums.
Interesting restaurants and pubs also dot the area. The most popular restaurant in Santa Rosa Beach is Christiano’s Italian restaurant. Exuding Old World charm, heavenly food at down-to-earth prices packs the tables. With Sinatra crooning in the background, patrons dine on superb seafood, delicate sauces and Italian favorites. The Great Southern Café is another popular Santa Rosa Beach restaurant. Serving scrumptious Southern food and American classics, the Great Southern brunch (try the melt-in-your-mouth French toast) is a Santa Rosa tradition. Whether you lunch al fresco or dine in, the superb food and excellent service will make the Great Southern one of your favorite eating places.