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We've had a condo over in Orange Beach for a few years and are excited to be closing on a house on the Sound in the Woodlawn Beach area next month! We've done a bunch of off-shore fishing, but never much in-shore. Love to go boat-riding and hop from restaurant to restaurant on the boat with the kids.

We've got a 30' Robalo, a 12' jon boat with a 1968 model air-cooled 5hp, a canoe, a paddle board, and a kayak, so we're pretty versatile :)

What do we need to know???? About restaurants, neighbors, fishing, and anything else you can think of!

Thanks in advance!!

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RULE NUMBER 1....do NOT speed in Gulf Breeze...they live for that.
RULE NUMBER 2....do not run a red light, even if it means getting rear ended...they love their cameras
RULE NUMBER 3...if you ever see Jim Cantore in Gulf Breeze...SPEED AND RUN RED LIGHTS GETTING OUT OF THERE.

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That is a nice area and away from traffic. I have been here about 10 years and love it. Don’t eat out much but my best advice is have your crash helmet and uninsured motors upped for 98. 3 wrecks in 10 years none our fault and the jackasses only had PIP. You also have the occasional bear running around that area
 

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Don't worry about the speeding unless you are in a school zone or Naval Live Oaks. Gulf Breeze used to be a speed trap, but not any more. Go more than 15 over and you are in trouble. Red light cameras are no joke though. As for fishing...just get out and fish. You'll learn pretty quickly. Also, go to Flounders on the first Monday night of every month for free food and a fishing seminar. I always learn something. Next month is on Pompano.
 

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Not near as many boating to restaurant options here as in OB, but some of our favorites include Paradise Bar and Grill and Redfish Bluefish. Since you also like cruising and such, you're probably already familiar with Ft. Mcrea. We go as far as Destin to the east and Orange Beach to the west at times. Fishing the grass flats on the ICW in either your jon boat or kayak near the piers should be productive for redfish, specs, and maybe an occasional flounder. Welcome to the area, you're gonna love it.

Oh, and Dave's Oyster bar is the best restaurant out this way.
 

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RULE NUMBER 1....do NOT speed in Gulf Breeze...they live for that.
RULE NUMBER 2....do not run a red light, even if it means getting rear ended...they love their cameras
RULE NUMBER 3...if you ever see Jim Cantore in Gulf Breeze...SPEED AND RUN RED LIGHTS GETTING OUT OF THERE.

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This except #3, Cantore's in it for the exposure anymore and will stand in the wind with his goggles on to make an impression. Now if you see Mike Bettis show up, heed rule #3.
 

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Pensacola beach will be the easiest for boating restaurants. We love to boat to downtown Pensacola and dock at Palafox pier. Then you can walk down Palafox and pick all kinds of restaurants. Makes a perfect date night or family night. Good luck and welcome.
 

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Welcome to the area....no one has mentioned PegLeg's restuarant so far so I will...its boat accessible....Mardi Gras will be here soon and you can enjoy it by shooting across the sound and tying up or anchoring near the boardwalk or Flounders's......For pier fishing the gulf you are in between Navarre pier and Pensacola Beach so thats a fishing option for you......If you like to hunt,Eglin airforce base and Blackwater are your closest options....
 

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Except for the Robalo, you've got some good flats boats right there. An old(er) guy I used to speck fish with used to tell me when the pecan trees bud out in the spring, it's time to get after the specks on the grass.
 

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Whatever you do, please for the love of god do not drive 40mph in the left lane on 98.... half the population already does. Fml.

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Whatever you do, please for the love of god do not drive 40mph in the left lane on 98.... half the population already does. Fml.

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Sometime you have to at least do 55 in the left lane. Hell, if ya want to make a left turn the folks doing 65 won't let ya in!
 

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Don't run the red lights! One camera is in front of the schools and the other camera is in front of the hospital. No reason to get in a hurry there are too many traffic lights on 98 now.
Try lillos in the old holiday inn. Good Italian not frozen!!!!
 

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Here's a free 3D map of your backyard. Also check out their site for GPX versions of the public offshore numbers.

https://strikelines.com/product/3d-santa-rosa/


You're almost as close to Navarre and Juana's as you are P'cola beach. The only downside of being further east is that it's a longer ride to the pass but no big deal.

Check out Santa Rosa Yacht club for fuel. They offer a $50 car that gets you a fuel discount that will pay for itself over the year (assuming your boat is water bound and not on a trailer regularly).

Beach restaurants by boat...Paradise, Tiki, P'cola boardwalk and all the way to Pegs you can't beat the selection. One of my favorite things to do is goto Pegs and bring some cleaned fish to let them prepare for you. Clean, cut in strips and give them 1# per person and it will be the most delicious fish you'll eat in their restaurant ever.

Blue Angels weekend Friday show is the most family friendly and less crowded. Get there early, bring patience and be safe.

From where you are head straight across the sound and you'll likely have your own private beach.

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Not near as many boating to restaurant options here as in OB, but some of our favorites include Paradise Bar and Grill and Redfish Bluefish. Since you also like cruising and such, you're probably already familiar with Ft. Mcrea. We go as far as Destin to the east and Orange Beach to the west at times. Fishing the grass flats on the ICW in either your jon boat or kayak near the piers should be productive for redfish, specs, and maybe an occasional flounder. Welcome to the area, you're gonna love it.

Oh, and Dave's Oyster bar is the best restaurant out this way.
We were in town this weekend and hit Dave's for a late lunch Saturday....it did not disappoint!

There's a lot of great info on here....thanks for everyone's input!
 

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Whatever you do, don't mess with the rare African Ono Bird. They can be mean sons of biotchs after a landing.
 

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We were in town this weekend and hit Dave's for a late lunch Saturday....it did not disappoint!

There's a lot of great info on here....thanks for everyone's input!
The Oar House in Bayou Chico is also a boat friendly restaurant with good food and atmosphere.:thumbsup:
 
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