Located on a spectacular barrier island along Florida's Gulf Coast, the relaxing community of Navarre Beach has been attracting visitors for decades. The town's most obvious asset is its long, sugary, white sand beach, which is hit by gentle breaks from the Gulf of Mexico. Navarre Beach is a wonderful place to sunbathe, swim, or frolic in the waves. In addition, visitors to Navarre can enjoy boating, kayaking, and surfing in the region. For golfers, there are several courses nearby, including the Tiger Point Golf and Country Club in Gulf Breeze.
Located on Santa Rosa Island in the greater Pensacola area, there are tons of fun activities for visitors of all ages. There are many things to do with the kids in the family friendly Navarre area, including miniature golf courses, zoos, and aquariums.
The weather in northwest Florida is nice all year round, and there are fun beach festivals throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Among the most popular events in the region is the Blue Angels exhibition in Pensacola, held weekly during the summer months. You also might consider visiting during the Navarre Fun Fest in May or the Arts Association Festival in October.
While in Navarre Beach, be sure to check out:
-Navarre Pier: Take a stroll along the old wood pier in Navarre or break out your tackle to do some fishing for bonito, red fish, and flounder.
-Panhandle Butterfly House: Learn about local butterflies and Florida gardens at this educational butterfly preserve on Santa Rosa Island.
-Gulf Islands National Seashore: Just a quick drive down the barrier island will take you to this beautiful and pristine coast, with nature trails and picnic sites.
-Gulf Breeze Zoo: The neighboring community of Gulf Breeze boasts a 50-acre zoo, with exotic animals, as well as a petting zoo.
-Gulfarium: It is worth a trip off the island to visit this aquarium, where kids can see dolphins, penguins, seals, and crocodiles.
-Blackwater River State Park: This beautiful wetland is filled with sand-bottom rivers and is a great place for kayaking or picnicking.
Relax in style by renting a Navarre Beach vacation rental along the shore. There are numerous condos and luxury villas for rent along the coastline, many with balconies and ocean views. If you are coming with the extended family, look for a spacious house with a private pool or hot tub.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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