Planning a Family Vacation in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Visiting sunny Florida is a fantastic way to spend your vacation with amusement parks, warm weather and, of course – beaches. Santa Rosa Beach, on the Gulf of Mexico, has beautiful emerald water and crystal white sands. This family-friendly area is a destination for those who want all of the fun of the beach without all of the crowds.

Visit Santa Rosa Beach in the early mornings for the best shelling opportunities. Visitors love to watch the sunrise while they sip a cup of coffee. As the sun gets higher in the sky, dip into the gulf or work on your tan. Try some fishing in the bay for redfish and trout. Plenty of charter companies like Santa Rosa Charters will help you catch the big fish fast.

If fishing isn’t your thing, try renting bikes, paddle boards, or even kayaks. Gear rentals from The Rental Shop 30A can be delivered and picked up at most 30A vacation rentals or hotels. Use tandem bikes, single bikes, kayaks, paddle boards and more to explore land and sea with the family.

After all that action, you may have worked up an appetite. Head to the seafood market for some fresh fish and shrimp to cook at home. You can also grab some steamed shrimp, smoky tuna dip, and crackers and then head to the beach for a picnic. Places like Goatfeathers Seafood Market will steam your shrimp while you wait.

Maybe your vacation is total relaxation and cooking is not part of your plans. There are plenty of places to eat in Santa Rosa. Steakhouses, Cajun, Creole, Mexican and Italian restaurants are all good options if you want to skip the many seafood houses. Chanticleer has burgers, pulled pork, jambalaya and something for even the pickiest eaters.

Art galleries are a wonderful way to escape the heat and find treasures to take home. Paintings, pottery, photography and more are proudly presented by local artists in galleries scattered around Santa Rosa Beach. You can meet the artists and choose a special piece as a gift or for yourself.

Locally owned shops are a great way to support the economy of your vacation spot. Candy stores, swimsuit shops, bait shops and breweries all appreciate your business. Of course, there are always those little beach shops where you can get towels, trinkets and shell souvenirs.

Come and experience all of Santa Rosa Beach with the family vacation of a lifetime.