Learn all about the islands off the Emerald Coast of Florida- Santa Rosa Island and Okatoosa Island.
What islands are included in the Emerald Coast?
Stretching from Pensacola Beach to Panama City, the area on the Gulf Coast of Florida’s shoreline is known as the Emerald Coast. The emerald green waters give the area its name, and miles and miles of shoreline give tourists and locals endless beach fun. Along with peninsulas and plenty of shoreline, there are also two islands that are part of Florida’s Emerald Coast—Santa Rosa Island and Okaloosa Island. The two islands are actually one island divided into two sections.
Santa Rosa Island
Santa Rosa Island is a 40 mile barrier island that is home to Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, and Okaloosa Island. The area is rich in history, first being explored by Spanish Conquistadors, and then later being the site of a Civil War battle. The area today is known for white sand beaches and is a popular tourist destination. Some of our favorite attractions on Santa Rosa Island include the Blue Wahoos Ballpark and the Pensacola Naval Museum. At the Bayfront Stadium you can catch a baseball game in the salty ocean air and cheer on the Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Pensacola Naval Museum is home of the Blue Angels and the Pensacola Lighthouse.
Okaloosa Island is about a three mile stretch of Santa Rosa Island. This island uses Fort Walton Beach for its mailing address as it’s an unincorporated community. This island is world renowned for its beaches, boating, fishing, and attractions. The world’s oldest continuously operating marine show is in Okaloosa Island at the Gulfarium. There are many spots with beach access, along with a fishing pier and places for water sports. This section of the island is a beach lover’s paradise.
Interested in Owning a Business on the Emerald Coast Islands?
We know that Santa Rosa Island and Okaloosa Island are beautiful to visit, so we completely understand when visitors decide to relocate to the area. Many people choose to move to the Emerald Coast and want to become business owners. We specialize in helping match people with ideal businesses for sale in the Emerald Coast area, including the islands of Santa Rosa and Okaloosa. If you’re interested in becoming a resident here, and want more information about buying a business, contact one of our experienced advisors.
Whether you want to move here, buy a business here, or just come for a visit, you will love the islands of the Emerald Coast!