Santa Rosa Beach : Florida


What It Is Like to Retire in Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach is located along a 26-mile stretch of Northwest Florida’s famed Emerald Coast, and is just one of the 16 distinct beach neighborhoods in south Walton County.  Founded in 1910, and though not incorporated, it has a population of about 12,000, and shares a zip code with 10 other beach communities.  Santa Rosa Beach, known for its beautiful beaches, is a popular tourist destination and offers luxury beach houses, upscale dining, a unique artist colony, and is home to Point Washington State Forest, a 15,000 acre preserve.  Picture of The Coast of Walton County and the Deer Lake State Park beach courtesy of Wikipedia and Staugbeachbum in the public domain.


Where to Retire in Santa Rosa Beach and Home Prices

A variety of home styles and prices can be found in Santa Rosa Beach. Zillow shows the median home value to be $721,072 in mid-2021, a 22.6% over the past year. .


What Is Special about Santa Rosa Beach

Santa Rosa Beach is located on a 26 mile stretch of the Emerald Coast with beautiful beaches, many choices in dining, and a town center with an artists colony, shops and events. Yahoo! Travel named it as one of the "Best Beach Destinations" in 2011, and  Travel+Leisure Magazine called the South Walton area the "Best Beaches on Earth" for families.


What Is Not Special about Santa Rosa Beach

If you are not an outdoor person, you may not enjoy Santa Rosa Beach; high cost of living; culturally, it doesn't offer much; The Florida Panhandle has been hit or brushed with tropical storms or hurricanes in recent years.


Who Will Like Retirement in Santa Rosa Beach

Retirees who want to live by the water and love the beach life would enjoy Santa Rosa Beach.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism and Construction;   Santa Rosa Beach was recognized by Google's eCity awards in 2013, as a strong online business community.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 70 degrees with July's average at 93 degrees.  Due to its location on Florida's Panhandle, Walton County and Santa Rosa Beach have experienced tropical storms and hurricanes. The latest tropical storm was Claudette in 2009, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Santa Rosa Beach is one of several neighborhoods along miles of white sandy beaches, it also has a golf course and a farmers market;  The Point Washington Forest can be entered in Santa Rosa Beach and is made up of more than 10 miles of trails, sand hills, wet Flatwoods, and Cypress swamps; Eden Garden State Park is part of an estate which houses one of the largest collections of Louis XVI furniture in the U.S.;   Artists at Gulf Place is where local artists display their work; Santa Rosa Beach has many great restaurants and travelers on highly recommend several of them including Chanticleer Eatery and Redds Fueling Station; Acclaimed Chef Emeril Lagasse has visited Santa Rosa Beach and Walton County restaurants as part of his national television show.



Santa Rosa's crime rate is higher than the national average.


Medical Facilities

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast



Northwest Florida Regional airport is 33 miles away in Valparaiso; Florida Beaches International Airport is 36 miles away in Panama City.


Valuable Links

Visit Florida

Point Washington State Forest


What people are saying about Santa Rosa Beach

Skimpy Senior Services
Moved to SRB for a beach community suited for boomers. After four years I surf, walk, and bicycle but never with older folks (I\'m 66). Getting involved politically for senior activities isn\'t even possible. Politics and mind set is mainly about tax revenues, building, and land development. There is not a center or gathering place, no court games, and no future for such needs seniors enjoy other than golf and fishing...This place is all about driving and tourist trades. We really had hoped for more environmental focus with the dune lakes and parks. A fixed income needs plenty of extra; not an inexpensive town. Sadly we don\'t see us growing older here. So sad seriously.
Posted by Gregory Matthews on December 20, 2017

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