Gulf Breeze Florida
About The Community
Gulf Breeze is located at the tip of the 25-mile long, Fairpoint peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico. With its mild climate, sugar-white beaches, high quality of life and Southern hospitality, Gulf Breeze offers it all. This 5 square miles city in Santa Rosa County boasts of modern facilities and fine small town character. Gulf Breeze is connected to the City of Pensacola on the north by a three-mile bridge across Pensacola Bay and on the south by the Bob Sikes Bridge over Santa Rosa Sound to Pensacola Beach.
The original wooden bridges built in 1931 are now popular fishing piers and have been replaced by concrete drawbridges. Gulf Breeze traces its name to the Gulf Breeze Cottages and Store, which opened a post office branch in 1936, and existed where Live Oaks Plaza and Beach Road Plaza now stand. The community grew after the opening of the bay bridge in 1960 and was incorporated in 1961. Today this waterfront community is a water-lover’s paradise.
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The city is excellently run and there are plenty of community activities, five distinguished schools, and quality health care at the Gulf Breeze Hospital. Gulf Breeze is home to the largest national seashore in the national park system, Gulf Islands National Seashore. You can stroll in the 105 acres of undeveloped wooded park along the water. The miles of unspoiled beaches are a beach comber’s paradise and rejuvenate you as you enjoy the gentle breeze.
Vicinity of Gulf Breeze
Gulf Breeze has 18 miles of waterfront and three protected bayous where sunbathing, snorkeling, diving, fishing, and surfing are popular. You can rent watercraft along with deep sea fishing charters. Launch your own boat at Shoreline Park South, Wayside Park, Oriole Beach and Woodlawn Beach. Take sailing, surfing and kayaking lessons from local experts and soon you will be ruling the waters. Fishing is also available from several fishing piers where no fishing license is required. Depending on the time of year, there are catches of red fish, sheepshead, white trout, speckled trout, black drum, flounder, bluefish and more.
There are numerous parks offering recreation for the entire family. Shoreline Park covers 155 acres and includes the 20,000 square feet Gulf Breeze Recreation Center with a gymnasium and facilities for baseball, football, soccer, outdoor basketball, softball, Sunset Kids Park, and eight lighted tennis courts. A nature trail winds through 105 acres of the wooded Shoreline Park South extending to the Santa Rosa Sound. There is a boat ramp near the water as well as picnic tables, fishing pier, swimming area and a large gazebo.
Other neighborhood parks offer sports like tennis, tot lots and playground equipment. The Gulf Breeze Historical Society displays its historical markers found in Wayside Park. This is a modern park landscaped with native trees and covered picnic areas with a view of Pensacola Bay. Gulf Breeze offers you unspoiled natural beauty and a relaxed lifestyle in a friendly, small-town atmosphere. The high quality of educational, recreational, cultural and shopping opportunities make it a great place to live.