Destination guide

Experience Santa Rosa Beach from vacation home rentals

Sitting on a peninsula along the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Beach features long stretches of sand and clear blue seas. Staying in Santa Rosa Beach vacation rentals gives you time to explore the coastline, from the town through to the untouched protected areas where sea turtles and exotic fish can be spotted. A family-friendly vacation spot, Santa Rosa Beach offers plenty to do, from snorkeling to hiking and fishing, or enjoying the local arts scene. There's a lively town center with artisanal boutiques and designer shops, as well as restaurants that serve local specialties such as freshly-caught seafood.

Things to do

Sightseeing near Santa Rosa Beach vacation rentals

If you can pull yourself away from the sandy beaches, the small town of Santa Rosa Beach has lots of local culture, from small art galleries to theaters. The Repertory Theatre is set next to the beach, with indoor and outdoor shows, from live music to family-friendly productions. Elmore's Landing is a lively art gallery showing work from local artists, as well as hosting live music at night. You can find out what's going on during your trip by visiting the friendly South Walton Visitor Center, which also has information on the best local attractions.


Things to do near Santa Rosa Beach vacation homes

As the town's name suggests, Santa Rosa Beach is surrounded by some spectacular coastline. Grayton Beach State Park is an unspoiled area with long stretches of almost white sand, sitting on the edge of shallow, turquoise seas. There are 2000 acres of walking trails through dense forest, which lead to the quiet beaches where you can swim, snorkel or just enjoy the views. Stay in nearby Santa Rosa Beach vacation rentals, and you'll also be close to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, which is made up of lakes, woods, and beaches, ideal for fishing, swimming or sailing.


Best time to travel to Santa Rosa Beach vacation homes

Santa Rosa Beach's position on the Gulf of Mexico gives it pleasant, sunny weather and, on average, 229 days of sunshine a year. The hottest months are July and August, which reach the 90s, often with high humidity. However, the warm weather lasts from around April to as late as November, so there's a long period in which to enjoy the sunshine. While the temperature drops from December to February, it can often reach into the mid-60s, so you can still enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

Natural features

Bays, bayous and beaches close to Santa Rosa Beach

To the north of Santa Rosa Beach is Choctawhatchee Bay, a peaceful inlet that's popular for sailing and fishing, where you'll find many Santa Rosa Beach vacation rentals. This leads into the Hogtown Bayou, a marshy and humid area of wetland. It's often full of fishing boats, and you might spot ospreys in the surrounding woods. Just a short walk from town is a long promenade, with large beach houses and seafront restaurants. Here you'll find the town's namesake beach, with lightly colored sands and calm, clear waters that are warm enough for swimming in for most of the year.


Beaches near Santa Rosa Beach vacation homes

Santa Rosa Beach boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the area. Vacation homes are available near places like Inlet Beach, a white, sandy beach with a relaxed atmosphere and classic cottages, and Seagrove Beach, a sheltered cove beach with calm waters for children. Blue Mountain Beach is a mellow beach that’s popular for watersports and sunbathing.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Santa Rosa Beach

The nearest airport is in Destin, FL (DSI-Destin-Fort Walton Beach), located 18 mi (28.9 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Panama City, FL (ECP-Northwest Florida Beaches Intl.), which is 22.2 mi (35.7 km) away.

Food and drink

Regional cuisine in Santa Rosa Beach

The rich bounty of the sea has a huge influence on the cuisine in Santa Rosa Beach. Like most of Florida, the culinary culture in Santa Rosa Beach is a fusion of traditional southern cuisine and Caribbean flavors, such as coconut, cassava, bell peppers, plantains, and rice with shrimp, oysters, and saltwater fish. You can also find a rich blend of other culinary influences in restaurants and eateries near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Santa Rosa Beach?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 16,923 vacation rentals near Santa Rosa Beach. From 5,434 Houses to 9,608 Condos/Apartments, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover the Santa Rosa Beach area.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Santa Rosa Beach?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Santa Rosa Beach:

  • Seaside: 941 vacation rentals
  • Seagrove Beach: 2,328 vacation rentals
  • Watercolor: 1,251 vacation rentals
  • Seacrest: 586 vacation rentals
  • Grayton Beach: 1,471 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Santa Rosa Beach?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Santa Rosa Beach. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Grayton Beach State Park: 6,882 vacation rentals
  • Santa Rosa Beach Golf Club: 15,521 vacation rentals
  • Topsail Beach State Preserve: 15,925 vacation rentals
  • Deer Lake State Park: 16,048 vacation rentals
  • South Walton Visitor Center: 13,242 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Santa Rosa Beach listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Santa Rosa Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 5,434 Houses in Santa Rosa Beach. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Santa Rosa Beach include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 9,608 rentals available
  • Cottages: 451 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 451 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Santa Rosa Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 14,846 vacation rentals with pool available in Santa Rosa Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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