Capturing the Moment in Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County is one of the most photographable locations along Florida’s Gulf coast, thanks to miles of untouched beaches, vast tracts of native forests and both salt and freshwater experiences.

When looking for the perfect spot for family photos, a solo or couples session, Santa Rosa County has plenty to choose from! Check out some of our favorites.


a girl walking in the water on the beach

Turquoise Waters, White Sands and Endless Vistas

Navarre Beach’s sandy shoreline stretches four miles along the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, before transitioning into the federally protected and unabashedly beautiful, Gulf Islands National Seashore 1 for another nine miles.

a father and son sitting on an elevated nature trail

Sound Side Adventures

A particularly favorite photo spot for locals is along the elevated eight mile Brackenridge Nature Trail 2 , which meanders through a canopy of live oaks.

a couple sitting at a campfire in front of Katy's Kaboose

Your Accommodations as Accessories

Just at the edge of the state forest are two excellent glamping locales with many photo ops for families and couples. Coldwater Gardens3 expansive property features winding springs and even a modern treehouse that offers memorable backgrounds. Katy’s Kaboose at Adventures Unlimited 4 is the epitome of vintage fun, as well as the perfect backdrop for special photos. Additionally, for a relaxed photo opportunity, gather around the firepit at The Hideaway 5 — nestled under mature oak and magnolia trees.

the fishing pier at sunset

Sunrise, Sunset and Sunshine Filled Days

At 1,545 feet, the Fishing Pier 6 is the longest pier on the Gulf of Mexico and an astonishing backdrop for a photo session. Whether you prefer the calm morning light, the bright blue skies of the day, or the vibrant hues of a sunset, the Pier is picture perfect any time of the day.

the Blackwater River

Riverwalk Stroll

Once you’ve explored our pristine beaches and north county pine forest, you will notice that the crowds fall away as you discover the best of Old Florida in Milton. Consider a photo-worthy stroll along the boardwalk 7 , overlooking the Blackwater River.

a person standing in the Blackwater River State Forest

Into the Woods and Along the River

Florida’s Blackwater River State Forest 8 covers more than 200,000 acres of native pine forest. Our favorite photo spot is under the tall pines as the sun’s golden rays lend the perfect diffused light.