Retire in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Livability Score
40
** The AARP Livability Index scores neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. for the services and amenities that impact your life the most.
** 2014 US census data
Restaurants
1. Louis Louis

We got to Louis Louis around 6:30 and had a 30 minute wait. Easy enough to pass the time just walking around and grabbing a drink from the bar. Fun...

2. Christiano's

We have eaten at Christiano's a few times and it has always been very good. On our most recent visit, I opted for the snapper. It was a whole fish, baked...

3. 98 Bar-B-Que

Great food for a great price! Hubby and I got a combo platter with ribs and brisket to share as well as pork nachos. Wow is all I can say. The meat was...

4. Crust Artisan Bakery

First time there for dinner in May. I had the Tomahawk Pork Chop. It was a huge, tender chop, filled with cheese and prosciutto, topped with a delicious...

5. Stinky's Fish Camp

We stayed down 30A this year instead of Destin, so we were open to exploring new adventures in dining. We had attempted to visit Stinky's last year, but a...

Golf
1. Golf Garden of Destin

Great Par 3 course with great customer service. Plus they have a couple of Par 4's. They have putt putt golf for the family and a really nice club house....

2. Emerald Bay Golf Club

Quality course for the money. Booking a tee time online came with a free shirt which ended up being a "you pick" from the retail rack - a nice surprise....

3. Bluewater Bay Resort

Great time at Bluewater Bay playing golf. The course was in great shape. Compared to the Destin courses, this is a great money saving option. We paid $27...

4. Windswept Dunes

We played here on 7/20/16. Wow... What a hidden gem off of the beach. I was skeptical when I booked the tee time but the recent reviews were dead on. This...

5. Burnt Pine Golf Club

An absolutely magnificent golf club - a beautiful course with phenomenal staff. we were lucky to get this private course on the list for our recent golf...

Active
1. Topsail Hill/Gregory E Moore RV Resort

Definitely the place to stay if you enjoy feeling in the woods yet near the ocean. It is a bit of a hike to water from camping area so you'll either take...

2. Arnett's Gulfside Trail Rides

I am not a professional horse rider but I was able to ride with confidence all thanks to Michael, our instructor and guide. He made our ride a breeze and...

3. Alaqua Unleashed Bark Park

we brought Cash the Ridgeback to the beach this time! we had so much fun with him, but on 30A, there is an ordinance prohibiting dogs on the beaches during...

4. Thi Bod Fitness

My experience at Thi Bod has been exceptional! Whether you are looking to come sweat your butt off in the best Zumba class around or participate in small...

5. CoreFit

I love this gym! Clean, modern, a variety of top notch equipment and logically placed. 24/7! The owner/personal trainer - Atheena - is amazing - knowledge...

Arts
1. Modus Photography

Beautiful photos and gallery! They have local beach photos and amazing travel photos from many locations. They also do beach & family portraits! Definitely...

2. B-Boy Productions Inc

OMG, Daniel is the most AMAZING DJ I have ever had! He was so polite and professional and just an absolute blast to hang around. He kept the people on the...

3. 30A Songwriter Radio Coffee and Music

Wonderful locally owned featuring amazing music & delicious coffee, excellent assortment of craft beer, wine and baked goods. Skip the chains and choose...

4. The Blue Giraffe

Cute place enjoyed looking around There is lots of things to look at Love the wind chimes that greet you as you approach the shop

5. Zoo Gallery

Ok.... Love hippy chic high end cool stuff. This is it! While the Clothes were great u gravitated to the many jewelry cases.... Picking out a couple finds...

Shopping
1. Publix

Nice, clean, and your usual great Publix with everything you need including beach equipment out front (which I found out later in the week was cheaper than...

2. Bastide

Gardening, home decor, and luxurious house goods. This place is all about luxury. This store is special because of it's simplicity. I appreciated the...

3. Goodwill Industries - Big Bend

This is a pretty big store, compared to the others I've been too. It's nicely organized and very clean. I come here to get work shorts, because bullocks...

4. Furniture South

Becky Wetzler was our designer at furniture South and she was excellent. She came to our condo to took pictures and gave several great suggestions. She...

5. Electric Cart Company

Went on Friday before Labor Day to look at golf carts. James Murphy was wonderful, no sales pressure. He was very knowledgeable and has a cart himself. We...

Health
1. Santa Rosa Beach Dental

Dr. Wiebe and her staff were so nice and professional! I had one of the best experiences getting my teeth cleaned that I have ever had a a dentists office....

2. Gentle Breeze Family Dentistry

I love going to Dr. Orr. She is very competent and particular about getting things perfect for you. Her staff is pleasant. She keeps up with the latest...

3. Waterside Chiropractic

I "walked" into Waterside yesterday with the most excruciating back spasms of my life, barely able to breathe and convinced I was about to be paralyzed or...

4. Comfort Dental Care & Orthodontics

I had a pleasant experience at their office. Amanda, the assistants and Dr. Vasquez were friendly and very caring. Dr. Vasquez took the time to explain...

5. Palmetto's Family Health Care

Reading the reviews from other sites puts their care mixed at best. I needed care for and ongoing fever and my wife had a fever for days with a cough that...