Warm coastal waters, tropical breezes, and sunny skies are all part of the experience when you stay at one of our Gulf Breeze vacation rentals! Gulf Breeze is a quaint suburb of Pensacola (just seven miles to the north), and is known both for its friendly, small town appeal and its gorgeous white sand beaches. With quick access to the city and nearby Pensacola Beach (three miles to the south), this charming town is one of the most popular destinations for Florida's Emerald Coast vacation rentals.
Things to Do in Gulf Breeze, FL
Tucked in between Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Island, Gulf Breeze offers a wide range of activities from snorkeling to hiking to birding at nearby federally-protected Gulf Islands National Seashore, making it a popular destination for retirees or couples looking for a relaxing weekend spent communing with nature on both land and water.
A quick drive across Pensacola Bay on Highway 98 sits Pensacola, where eclectic dining, entertainment, and shopping await. Visit the National Naval Aviation Museum to learn the history of aviation, from the Wright Brothers to modern jets. Or learn about the city’s haunting past on a “Ghost and Graveyards” tour through Go Retro sightseeing tours.
If relaxing on the beach and taking it slow is more your speed, rest assured you’ve found the right place – and the right Gulf Breeze vacation rental! Take a romantic evening walk with your partner through old-growth Live Oak trees draped in Spanish moss at Shoreline Park, or walk hand-in-hand along the beach to admire a brilliant pink sunset. Whether it’s in the area’s abundant natural beauty, or in the inner calm created by warm coastal breezes, couples will find a reason to fall in love all over again in this beautiful location.
Outdoor Adventures in Gulf Breeze, FL
If you’re more the type that likes to get outside and play in nature, Gulf Breeze offers great access to many activities in Florida’s beautiful coastal habitat. Take a guided eco-tour where you’re sure to see nesting egrets, great blue herons, and even alligators, or rent a kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or boat for the day and explore Butcherpen or English Navy coves. Rent fishing poles with that kayak and hook an amberjack or sea trout in the open Gulf of Mexico waters. Or stay even closer to home and explore 1300 acres of untouched old-growth coastal pine and Live Oak tree habitat in the Naval Live Oaks Reservation, a pleasant walk or quick drive east along Gulf Breeze Parkway.
Day Trips from Gulf Breeze, FL
Pensacola, home to museums, the Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team, and great shopping, dining, and entertainment, is the nearest "big city", only seven miles to the north. Three miles south lies Pensacola Beach with its iconic boardwalk. Seaside, the bucolic coastal town with pastel-colored buildings where the 1998 movie The Truman Show was filmed, makes a longer day trip at 65 miles southeast, but the drive along the scenic highway is an attraction in and of itself! If you want to cross state lines on your day trip, Gulf Shores, Alabama - home to Southern hospitality and fried crab claws (a local specialty) - lies 40 miles west.
For a fantastic home base in the Florida Panhandle, a stay in any of our Gulf Breeze vacation rentals is one you won’t soon forget!