Founded in 1910, Santa Rosa Beach, also called South Walton, has a rich history. This long-standing vacation destination remains a hotspot for visitors years later — in fact, Santa Rosa Beach was recently named as one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 5 Favorite Towns in America. Santa Rosa Beach’s sugar-white sand and turquoise water draw in vacationers from around the world; retreats like Point Washington State Forest attract those searching for an all-natural escape. Delicious dining, boutique shopping, and family-friendly attractions round out this lively beach neighborhood. Continue to read out Santa Rosa Beach Tourism guide, to get everything you need to know to plan your next vacation here. Visit the area beaches in Santa Rosa Beach and along the Emerald Coast.
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 46°F to 89°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 92°F. The warm season lasts from May 24 to September 30 with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 28, with an average high of 89°F and low of 78°F. The cold season lasts from November 30 to March 5 with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is January 5, with an average low of 46°F and high of 60°F.
There are two airports close to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. The closest is the Northwest Florida Regional Airport, which is 31 miles from Santa Rosa Beach. Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport is the next closest airport, and is approximately 36 miles from Santa Rosa Beach. To create a fair watch, go to AirFareWatchDog which will alert you when the flights are going down in price. Also check my airfare tips on how to make sure you are getting the lowest fare. For finding the lowest fare, go to CheapFlights. I find them to be the best for flight comparison, and getting the best deal if you are ready to purchase. Once you have your airfare, make sure you reserve your airport parking ahead of time. You can Save On Airport Parking and not have the last minute hassle (been there) of trying to get parking reserved.
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Bars & Nightlife
The Red Bar – My Personal Favorite!
The Red Bar is South Walton’s most popular indoor destination. It’s the place for fun with friends and family while taking in all of the eclectic decor, listening to great live music and enjoying great food and cocktails. The Red Bar Jazz Band plays almost nightly during dinner. The party gets cranked up a notch after the dinner crowd thins, creating a more funky atmosphere. Don’t be surprised to spot celebrities here late at night. But please be cool, everybody just wants to chill at The Red Bar. For more information call 850-231-1008 or visit The Red Bar.
This brand new, open air restaurant is located directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and is the place to be all year long! The Surf Hut has a menu that goes far beyond your typical ‘beach fare’, with a little added surfer flare to a cuisine that includes Seafood, Oysters and St. Louis Style BBQ. They’ve got a custom game area on the beach where you can grab a game of corn hole while you watch the waves and sip a delicious signature frozen libation from our full bar! For more information call 850-460-7750 or visit Surf Hut.
Louis Louis is very similar to The Red Bar, in decor and menu, but also has it’s own distinguished attributes. The family strives to deliver a fantastic meal, in a unique atmosphere, with great service. You can come to Louis Louis on a first date, to celebrate an occasion, or right after a fun day at the beach. They look forward to taking care of you, whether it is your first time with them, or whether you have become a regular customer. Cheers! For more information call 850-267-1500 or visit Louis Louis.
Hurricane Oyster Bar
Hurricane Oyster Bar & Grill is a 30A original–Offering menu selections inspired by the Gulf Coast, Caribbean Islands, New Orleans and the Low Country. They are the perfect spot to grab an affordable meal for lunch or dinner. Their food, happy hour and atmosphere cannot be beat. For more information call 850-231-0787 or visit Hurricane Oyster Bar.
Local Catch Bar & Grill
Local Catch Bar & Grill is located on the beautiful 30A serves the in coastal cuisine while adding a southern twist. For more information call 850-622-2022 or visit Local Catch Bar & Grill.
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$$$ Café Thirty-A
Café Thirty-A is a casual fine-dining restaurant featuring grilled & fire-roasted seafood, organic meats & poultry, wood-oven pizza, vegetarian fare & hedonistic, “architectural” desserts. The menu changes daily according to availability of ingredients. Fine wines & cocktails including a creative menu of the “best martinis in the area” complement the meal. For more information call 850-502-5001 or visit Café Thirty-A.
$$ Basmati’s Asian Cuisine
They specialize in Asian-inspired Classical Cuisine and Sushi. Creative use of Asian influences to fresh, local seafood, beef, lamb and duck. As well as, the areas best sushi, rolled to order using only the freshest of seafood and vegetables. They are a small, intimate fine dining restaurant featuring an interesting, but affordable wine list, with a full bar featuring a creative Martini Menu. For more information call 850-267-3028 or visit Basmati’s Asian Cuisine.
From the creative team that brought you great restaurants such as Stinky’s Fish Camp and The Lakeplace, they proudly present Trebeaché- South Walton and 30A’s newest, exceptional restaurant and event venue. Perfectly located in the heart of Blue Mountain Beach, Trebeaché boasts an elegant yet resort casual restaurant offering a menu featuring classic to contemporary fare with a variety of ethnic flares. For more information call 850-937-7793 or visit Trebeaché.
$$ Chanticleer Eatery
Chanticleer specializes in fresh, made from scratch, real good food! They bake all of their breads fresh in house, smoke their own meat, make their sauces and utilize the best quality ingredients possible. At lunch they serve: amazing sandwiches and salads, pasta, chops and some down south good cooking like shrimp & grits, chicken & rice and jambalaya! Don’t leave without getting some dessert. Their cookies and key lime pie are their specialty! For more information call 850-213-9065 or visit Chanticleer Eatery.
$$ The Red Bar
The Red Bar is South Walton’s most popular indoor destination. It’s the place for fun with friends and family while taking in all of the eclectic decor, listening to great live music and enjoying great food and cocktails. The simple but varied menu includes pasta with crawfish and shrimp, panné chicken and mashed potatoes, stuffed eggplant, crab cakes and fish of the day. Oh, and don’t forget about the salad – it is the best anywhere on the Emerald Coast! For more information call 850-231-1008 or visit The Red Bar.
Things To Do
Topsail Beach State Preserve
Topsail Hill offers a wide variety of natural resources including 3.2 miles of secluded, white sand beaches with majestic dunes over 25 feet tall. Three rare coastal dune lakes provide excellent freshwater fishing. Although boats are not allowed, fishing from the shoreline yields bass, bream, pan fish, and catfish. Lakes, pristine beaches, old-growth long leaf pines, sand pine scrub, and a variety of wetlands offer a bird-watching and hiking paradise. Visitors may bike, walk, or enjoy a quick ride to the beach on our timely tram service to swim, fish, sunbath, or beachcomb. For more information call 850-267-8330 or visit Topsail Beach State Preserve.
Blue Mountain Beach
Named after the area’s brilliant blue lupine flower, Blue Mountain is an unforgettable sight. Enjoy gorgeous views of turquoise water from the top of this beach neighborhood, which sits at a slight incline compared to the rest of South Walton. From cozy beach cottages to luxurious new homes, Blue Mountain offers a variety of accommodations for beach-goers to choose. Explore this beach neighborhood’s eclectic eateries and locally owned boutiques; or pick up a handmade creation at a Blue Mountain art studio. For more visit Blue Mountain Beach.
Emerald Coast Pedal Tours
There is nothing quite like cruising around town on a pedal bike, having some drinks and exploring the area, all by the side of your family and friends. From beer festival booths, family reunions, and bachelorette parties to picnics, charity fund raisers, pub crawls, parades, and 5K races. Their party bike can add an exciting element to any event or any day! Book online today to start your pedal tour journey. For more information call 850-231-0397 or visit Emerald Coast Pedal Tours.
Surf Sup Paddle Board Rentals
Surf Sup Paddle Board Rentals is a mobile Stand Up Paddle ( SUP ) Board rental service that operates in Destin, 30-A, and Panama City Beach FL. They carry high quality SUP ATX paddleboards, which are designed for all skill levels and all sizes of paddlers. Whether you are looking to SUP Surf the emerald coast, or just cruise by the shore, they have the perfect board at an excellent price for your ultimate SUP experience! For more information call 850-888-0382 or visit Surf Sup Paddle Board Rentals.
Fishy Booty Charters
Fishy Booty Charters is your answer to accessing activities out on the Gulf of Mexico without spending your precious & valuable vacation time stuck in traffic traveling to Destin or Panama City for a day on the water. Play and stay on 30A! Charters depart twice daily directly from the beach in Grayton. Whether it’s bottom fishing for red snapper, grouper, and sharks or trolling for mackerel, to scuba diving a truly blessed area of natural bottom, Captain Mark Thompson can take you there accommodating all your needs. For more information call 850-586-0807 or visit Fishy Booty Charters.
One of our top picks in Santa Rosa Beach. This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. The 30A Suites are a 5-minute drive from the Top Sail Hill Preserve State Park and 1 miles from the beach. All units all have full kitchens and 2 flat-screen TVs. A washing machine and clothes dryer are provided in each unit of the 30A Suites. The kitchens are also fully equipped with an oven, refrigerator, and a dishwasher. Celebration Hall has meeting and banquet facilities and is located right across the street from this property. Restaurants featuring Italian, Japanese, and American Barbecue are a 5-minute drive away. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit 30A Suites.
WaterColor Inn & Resort
This property is a 5-minute walk from the beach. Boasting a private beach, WaterColor Inn & Resort is in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Bordering the resort is Grayton Beach State Park, a 2,000-acre park with nature trails for hiking and bicycling as well as a Western Lake, where visitors can swim, fish, canoe, paddle board, and kayak. Guests can enjoy complimentary use of bicycles, kayaks, and canoes on site. A luxurious day spa with massage and body treatment services, and a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with cardio machines, weights, and personal fitness coaches are available at WaterColor Resort. There are also supervised children’s activities at the Kids Camp. For more information, pricing, or to reserve your room, visit WaterColor Inn & Resort.
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