Are you planning a family vacation to Santa Rosa Beach in Florida? My family and I just returned from a fabulously fun and relaxing trip to this beautiful town on Highway 30A.
With world famous beaches and kid friendly activities, Santa Rosa Beach is the perfect spot to vacation with your family. In this post, I will detail some of the super fun things to do in Santa Rosa Beach as well as ways to help your beach vacation run smoothly.
Santa Rosa Beach Vacation Rentals
If you are looking for a place to stay in Santa Rosa Beach, you have several options for condos and houses to rent. My family and I tend to use VRBO when booking accommodations on our trips to Florida.
VRBO allows you to narrow your search by many different factors so that you can easily find a location that meets your needs. Just choose to filter by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, amenities, price, etc. and you will see numerous properties that match your criteria.
I particularly like that VRBO allows you to see tons of photos AND read lots of reviews rather thanblindly booking a rental property. You can visit VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) to see what they have available during your preferred vacation dates. (Affiliate Link)
If you prefer staying in a hotel rather than a vacation home, you may want to check out the nearby town of Sandestin. This area is a short drive from Santa Rosa Beach, and Sandestin offers lots of hotel options.
If you are able to rent a property with a full kitchen or you just need to grab a few items, Santa Rosa Beach offers several grocery stores within a short 5-10 minute drive.
My family and I tend to utilize the Publix at South Walton since they have a great selection of items. This Publix store is also really convenient because they offer grocery pick-up and delivery. This is a great option for families who don’t want to mess with grocery shopping while on vacation!
If you need additional items for your trip, the Walmart Supercenter in Santa Rosa Beach also provides pick-up and delivery services. This way you can spend your time hitting the beach while still making sure you have all your family’s must haves.
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Things to Do in Santa Rosa Beach
In addition to spending time on the beautiful beaches, Santa Rosa Beach offers lots of fun activities for families.
Stretching nearly 20 miles of Highway 30A, the Timpoochee Trail is a paved walkway that is great for strolling and jogging.
My kids enjoyed walking this trail each evening of our trip as we headed into the town center for treats.
Make sure you check out the event schedule for Santa Rosa Beach before your vacation. You can often find kid friendly activities like outdoor movies, live concerts, and farmers markets in the area.
As an added bonus, many of these events are completely free for families to attend!
Explore nearby Communities
Take time to visit some of the neighboring towns on 30A like Seaside, Rosemary Beach, or Sandestin. You can often find kid friendly activities and popular restaurants in the surrounding towns in addition to the ones offered in Santa Rosa Beach.
You can rent bikes to enjoy on the Timpoochee Trail or on other popular hiking trails in Santa Rosa Beach.
In addition to bike rentals, some of the shops also offer beach rentals like kayaks, golf carts, and paddle boards.
Gulf Place Town Center
Located just off the Timpoochee Trail and 30A in Santa Rosa Beach, Gulf Place Town Center is a quaint dining and shopping district that is super fun for families.
You will find several different restaurants in the Gulf Place Town Center that are great spots for dining and listening to live music.
- The Perfect Pig Grill and Fish House– serves delicious southern style food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Pizza by the Sea– offers many different pizza options, including gluten free crust and vegan friendly toppings
- Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar– serves oysters and other seafood options with nightly live entertainment (check schedule)
Pecan Jacks Ice Creamery and Candy Kitchen
Pecan Jacks is a family owned ice creamery and candy shop located in Gulf Place Town Center. We like to make a daily trip to Pecan Jacks just after dinner each evening.
They offer lots of different candies and ice cream flavors at really reasonable prices. Pecan Jacks even serves ice cream infused with liqueur like Baileys Irish Cream for those aged 21 and older.
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Final Review of Santa Rosa Beach Vacation
Overall, we had a wonderful time in Santa Rosa Beach on our family vacation. Since we visited during the last week of April, the weather was really mild at around 75 degrees each day. The evenings did get cool, so make sure you add a jacket to your packing list if you are visiting in cooler months.
Since Santa Rosa Beach doesn’t offer as many high rise condos as neighboring Destin, the beach was much less crowded and really relaxing. This (combined with the easy access to the Timpoochee Trail for strolling into town each evening) made Santa Rosa Beach a really great vacation spot with kids!
What are your favorite things to do with kids near Santa Rosa Beach, FL?
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