Navarre Beach in Florida is nestled on the Gulf of Mexico between Pensacola and Destin. It is part of the famous “Emerald Coast” of Florida where you’ll find powdery white beaches and clear blue-green water. Here in Navarre you won’t find chain restaurants or cheesy beach shops. You won’t find high rise after high rise nor will you be inundated with crowds and commercial tourism. What you will find is deep relaxation. Navarre is a place for families that want to reconnect with each other and completely unplug from the chaos of real life. This unspoiled, unhurried beach town offers families a chance to get back to what matters while relaxing on the most beautiful beaches in America thus earning the title “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place.”
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How to Get to Navarre, Florida:
There are two airports that service the Navarre area. Pensacola International (PNS) is approximately 41 minutes driving to Navarre. The Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is approximately 39 minutes driving to Navarre. Driving-wise, I-10 is the quickest way to get to Navarre. Take exit 28 off I-10 and head south down Highway 87 which will bring you straight into this beach town.
Where to Stay when visiting Navarre
Spring Hill Suites by Marriott: This is Navarre’s newest and most luxurious hotel. It offers a full service restaurant, in-lobby shop, work out room, zero entry pool with a lazy river, beach front access, Gulf front rooms with balcony’s, free on-site parking, delicious breakfast that is offered free every morning, and direct access to the Gulf of Mexico. One of the best perks of this hotel is the 12PM check out. This means you can stay a little longer and enjoy the pool or beach for a few more hours before heading home. If you’re looking for a place to reconnect with your family, unplug from technology and find pure relaxation – this is it!
The Top Airbnb Choices in Navarre Beach: These are the best beach front Airbnbs on Navarre Beach! Why choose an Airbnb versus a hotel? More space for your family, the ability to cook, no set hours, and total privacy!
Best Western Waterfont: The Navarre Best Western is located directly on the Santa Rosa sound. This hotel offers free breakfast every morning, a turquoise pool overlooking the sound and a private backyard beach front. It is located less than one block from Dewey Destin’s restaurant, goofy golf, and Navarre Sandwalk. Best Western Navarre is located one short mile from Navarre Beach.
Best Places to Eat in Navarre
Dewey Destin’s Navarre: If you’re looking for a relaxing place to grab some dinner, head to Dewey Destin’s. Dewey Destin’s Navarre promises unwavering dedication to fresh seafood and a family atmosphere. They offer freshly caught seafood such as the Gulf’s famous Royal Red Shrimp as well as premium hand crafted cocktails. This restaurant sits directly on the Santa Rosa Sound and offers a backyard beachfront where you can put your feet in white powdery sand, watch the dolphins and birds in the sound, while enjoying your food.
Slippery Mermaid: This is the best sushi in Navarre and some of the best I have ever had. Head in to Slippery Mermaid for a Fiesta Mermaid Roll or their famous Raider Roll. Slippery Mermaid also offers a full service bar that even has Prosecco on tap. This is the perfect spot to satisfy any sushi craving!
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JJ Chagos: This is the best breakfast in Navarre. Hands down. JJ Chagos is a local, veteran owned business located in the heart of Navarre. I highly recommend the brisket tacos. Head in early on Sunday to snag one of their famous Cuban Sandwiches (but get there early because they sell out) and don’t miss their delicious Iced Cuban Coffee! Pro-Tip: Call your order in before you arrive!
Scooter’s Fishhouse: Scooter’s is a small dine-in and take-out quick service seafood restaurant centrally located in Navarre, FL on Hwy 87. All of their seafood is fresh and locally bought. The fish comes straight of the boats in Destin and surrounding areas and sauces as well as sides are all made from scratch. Even the seafood seasoning.
Navarre Beach House Bar & Grill: Sip on handcrafted cocktails and savor fresh, Gulf-to-table seafood and locally-sourced produce – all paired with a spectacular waterfront view. Located next to the Springhill Suites Resort by Marriott Navarre Beach – this casual yet chic Gulf-front restaurant features a refined dinner menu that is sure to please the palate. Don’t miss the Seafood Nachos or the Seafood Stuffed Shells. On the weekends you can stop in for cocktails only on the outdoor patio. They have live music and you can watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail, cold beer, or some much deserved champagne. This is our favorite Navarre Beach dining experience.
Broussard’s Bayou Grille: Broussard’s is conveniently located directly on Navarre Beach. The Bayou grill prides itself on being the premiere source for authentic Cajun entrees. Relax with your friends and family in their surfside restaurant, or on the outside deck which features live music, weekly drink specials and a full menu of tasty delights. Broussard’s uses the finest ingredients to give you a Cajun experience whether you are dining in or using their convenient grab-n-go.
Juana’s Pagodas: This is Navarre’s oldest family owned restaurant and bar. From a sand floor full service bar to grass fed beef burgers in the restaurant to volley ball courts, and a playground – Juana’s is a must-visit for any beach vacation. Conveniently located on the Santa Rosa Sound, this spot is walkable from almost any beach house or condo. Don’t miss the Ahi Tuna Nachos or the Pulled Pork-Macaroni & Cheese sandwich…they are so dang yummy.
Deb’s Drive-Thru: Deb’s is Navarre’s version of Starbucks; mixing up any kind of coffee you could want. This drive through may be small in size, but it serves up some delicious coffee! If you’re going all week be sure to get a punch card!
The Top 10 Things to do in Navarre, Florida
Navarre Beach: The Beach is Navarre’s true pride and joy. Its uncrowded shores, soft sands and emerald waves have a soothing effect on your soul. Make yourself at home, and enjoy the sand, sun and surf. Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy freshly caught fish at one of the Navarre Beach seafood restaurants.
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Navarre Beach Pier: Navarre beach fishing pier offers 1,500 feet of sheer fishing pleasure. This pier is the longest Pier in Florida and towers 30 feet above the ocean water. You can stroll out onto the Navarre fishing pier for sweeping views of the beach and the dunes, rolling both directions as far as the eye can see.
Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservatory: The Conservatory’s mission is, “Conservation and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles through community education programs and partnered research.” They have a resident seat turtle named Sweet Pea. She was rescued from the waters in Alabama and now lives here in Florida. There is a museum on the property where you can learn more about the day to day life of different sea turtles, see real jelly fish, and discover how you can help Sea Turtle Conservation efforts.
Rent a Kayak or Paddle Board: There’s no better way to explore the waters of the Gulf Coast and the Santa Rosa sound than by getting out on them. You can rent kayaks from several spots including Navarre Beach Ski and Sail, Navarre Family Watersports and Sage Paddle Company.
Rent a Pontoon Boat: Have you ever wanted to take your family out for a day on the boat? Navarre offers the perfect opportunity for this during your beach vacation. Since Navarre is an island, the sound is less than one mile away. Rent a Pontoon Boat at Navarre Family Watersports or at Navarre beach Ski and Sail and have fun!
Wibit Waterpark: Come have an adventure on Navarre’s Wibit WaterPark! This waterpark is located ON the Santa Rosa Sound….no seriously…it’s ON THE WATER. This park is a massive inflatable park that floats. You’ll experience climbing walls, trampolines, adventure courses, and even a launch pad. All ages are welcome, but please see the website for details. When the evening rolls around, everyone will sleep well!
Rent a Bike or Motor Scooter and take a ride through Gulf Islands National Seashore: Gulf Islands National Seashore stretches for 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. It spans through Mississippi and Florida, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. What is it that entices people to the sea? Poet John Masefield wrote, “I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.” Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish. There are a few places to rent bikes in Navarre to include; Pensacola Beach & Navarre Beach Paddle Board Rentals, Sage Scooter Company, and Navarre Beach Ski and Sail.
Play on a Championship Golf Course: The Club at Hidden Creek is well known for its superb conditions, lush landscape, scenic layout and rolling terrain. This is an 18-hole Championship Public Golf Course designed by Ron Garl and plays 6,823 yards from the back tees. All levels of golfers are welcome and you can experience an exciting and challenging play.
Fly in an Ultralight over Navarre Beach: Have you ever wanted to see the beach from a bird’s eye view? Now you can! FlyTheBoat offers Ultralight flights from the Santa Rosa sound over to Navarre beach. You pick your distance and Jeff Bell, the pilot and owner, will show you spectacular views of crystal white beaches, emerald green waters, and a coast line of Santa Rosa's barrier islands. See Florida’s Emerald Coastline from 1000' above
Paddle Board Yoga: Want to try your yoga skills out on the water? Navarre has a few places that offer Paddle Board Yoga depending on the time of year. Check our Navarre Beach Yoga’s Facebook page for the events.
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If you’re looking for a relaxing place to get away from it all, unplug and unwind, then Navarre Beach in Florida is exactly where you need to be. From lazy rivers, to uncrowded beaches, to delicious fresh caught seafood, you will come back from your trip to Navarre feeling refreshed and reconnected.
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