The Gulf Breeze Story
The City of Gulf Breeze is located on the end of the Fairpoint peninsula in Santa Rosa County. Gulf Breeze is separated on the north by a three mile bridge across Pensacola Bay from the City of Pensacola and the south by the Bob Sikes Bridge over Santa Rosa Sound to Pensacola Beach. On the east, landward up the peninsula to the east is the 1,329 acre Naval Live Oaks portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. As a result, residents enjoy a quiet residential community just a few minutes from the Gulf of Mexico and the City of Pensacola.
There are three Santa Rosa County schools side-by-side in the City of Gulf Breeze. Gulf Breeze Elementary School, Middle and High School regularly achieve academic excellence as indicated by high test scores and athletic excellence in sports.
The City enjoys a stable local government recognized as a leader in financial programs, excellent parks and with the first fully accredited police department in the region.The City of Gulf Breeze was incorporated in 1961.
Gulf Breeze has 18 miles of waterfront and three protected bayous where residents enjoy all sorts of waterfront activities. The City has one of the best boat ramps in the area in close proximity to the Pensacola pass. There are 105 acres of undeveloped park property along the water for a leisurely walk in the woods.
Gulf Breeze shares a rich history with the entire Florida Panhandle. In 1559, Tristan de Luna arrived in Pensacola Bay with 500 Spanish soldiers. The first settlement was abandoned due to diseases, disasters and hostile Indians, but other Europeans followed. In the late 1700’s, the British occupied the peninsula and named it Town Point.
By the early 1930’s, bridges between Pensacola and Gulf Breeze and Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach were completed as was Highway 98. Gulf Breeze’s namesake was established in 1936 when the Gulf Breeze Cottages and Store opened a post office branch where Live Oaks Plaza now stands.
The Naval Live Oaks Reservation was the home of America!s first experimental tree farm, established by President John Quincy Adams in 1828. It was established to provide raw material to support shipbuilding for the Navy in the area. Today, Naval Live Oaks is part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, a unit of the National Park Service.
In Gulf Breeze, you’ll find the best of all worlds – unspoiled natural beauty and a relaxed lifestyle.