Topsail Beach State Preserve

White sand beach
332 Cypress Dr, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, USA
39 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
Water quality
Grades suggested by our reviewer
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Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • WCPublic restrooms nearby
  • Public grillsGrills or fire pits
  • Picnic tablesPicnic benches available
  • WiFiWireless internet available
  • ShowerPublic showers available
  • RV-friendlyRV parking available
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

Driving to the beach is prohibited. You can walk, ride a bike or take a tram.

Topsail Beach State Preserve is a clean pristine beach with white soft sand and crystal-clear emerald water on the Gulf of Mexico, Florida. Here, you’ll find a well-maintained RV park, all necessary amenities, beautiful exotic nature, rich wildlife on the shore as well as in the sea. Don’t miss an opportunity to walk across the white quartz dunes and fish in one of the coastal dune lakes – such a rare natural phenomenon.

Parking And Amenities

The beach is rarely overcrowded, so parking is ample and there is a campsite for RV owners as well. The parking lot is located quite at a distance from the beach, so, after you find a space and leave your vehicle, you can either take a tram (scheduled every 30 minutes) or go by foot if you have appropriate headwear and don’t mind walking ¾ a mile.

Restroom and shower facilities are provided on the beach as well as on the campsite, mostly clean and well-maintained. There are also public pavilions, grills and picnic tables available.

Perfect Sand And Water

Topsail Beach State Preserve is considered one of the best beaches in the world. It’s quite long and offers enough space for everyone to find their private relaxation spot in this paradise-like haven on the Florida coast. The beach boasts remarkably white fine sand, so good for walking barefooted or relaxing in the sun. Clear blue-and-emerald water is good not only for swimming but also for snorkeling and observing the maritime life. There’s a long boardwalk running across the otherworldly white dunes – worth a visit!


The area has a lot of trees and exotic plants, including pitcher plants, and provides excellent opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, and fishing. In the coastal park and on the beach, wildlife-enthusiasts will be excited to see such bird species as plovers, easter bluebirds, red cardinals, ospreys, and red-shouldered hawks.

You can try fishing off the beach or in one of the lakes, so you have a chance to get a rich catch consisting of saltwater as well as freshwater fishes: Spanish mackerel, redfish, king mackerel, pompano, panfish, bass, and catfish.

Coastal Dune Lakes

Over time, in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, moving dunes created freshwater lakes, which remain mostly untouched by civilization even today. Outside Florida, this very rare ecosystem occurs only in a few places in the world, including Oregon, Madagascar, New Zealand, and Australia. You should definitely see that!

Driving Time

  • 10 minutes from Santa Rosa Beach, FL

  • 30 minutes from Destin, FL

  • 1 hour 40 minutes from Pensacola, FL

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

Beaches nearby

Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Topsail Beach State Preserve which you can visit:

Beach reviewed by:
Johan and Mary
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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 332 Cypress Dr, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Reviewed on: August 2, 2019