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Gulf Breeze, Florida

Gulf Breeze, Florida

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.

The whole town of Gulf Breeze in the view at the Fairpoint peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
The whole town of Gulf Breeze in the view at the Fairpoint peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico in Gulf Breeze, Florida. File photo: Lewis Directed Films, Shutter Stock, licensed.

About The Community

This five square miles of 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.


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The Bob Sikes Bridge which links Gulf Breeze to Pensacola Beach and Santa Rosa Island seen looking north. The Bob Sikes toll is $1 as of 2022.

The original wooden bridges built in 1931 are now popular fishing piers and have been replaced by concrete drawbridges.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

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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.

One of the Giraffe’s living at the Gulf Breeze Zoo, 50-acre zoo on Florida’s Panhandle and home to over 800 animals from around the world, including rhinos, hippos, and gorillas. File photo: Stormy Brown, Shutter Stock, licensed.

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, 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.

Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier
The Pensacola Beach Gulf Pier shown in the distance at Pensacola Beach. The pier has been closed since September 2020 from Hurricane Sally caused it to sustain approximately $20 million in damages. File photo: Clarity Control, Shutter Stock, licensed.

Other attractions are the 50-acre Gulf Breeze Zoo located at the east end of Gulf Breeze. 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.

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