Just because we are “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place” doesn’t mean we don’t know how to play! We may be small, but what we lack in size we make up for in fun, with a little bit of something for everyone!
On the East end of Navarre Beach, be sure to visit the Sea Turtle Conservation Center and the Marine Science Station to learn about Navarre’s marine life and ecosystems with hands on activities and classes. Afterwards experience sea life for yourself, up close and personal, with amazing Snorkeling and Diving opportunities at one of 3 artificial reefs created by the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary (Don’t forget your waterproof camera!). The East end of Navarre Beach is also home to Florida's Longest Fishing Pier!
For the more adventurous sea lovers, why not book a charter with one of many great fishing boat captains where you can catch some delicious native fish species in the area, or show off your strength reeling in a shark!
Scared of the ocean wildlife but still looking to spend some time in the water? One of our pool homes or day passes for the pool and lazy river at Springhill Suites by Marriot may be exactly what you’re looking for! (Don’t forget to grab an Ice Cream Cone at Whitecaps while you’re there!)
If you’re more of a landlubber, don’t worry, we have you covered too! Head over to Sage Paddle Co., rent a bicycle, and spend the day cruising up and down the Gulf Islands National Seashore. If that sounds like fun but you’re a bit of a speed demon, Sage Scooter Co’s motor scooter rentals might be a little more your style! Sage also rents stand up paddle boards and kayaks....which is actually how they got started...and can even deliver right to your rental!
The little one’s in your group will LOVE the brand new park located right off the North end of the Navarre Beach Causeway bridge with 2 different age appropriate playgrounds and an interactive splash pad (opening May 2022).
For animal lovers, a safari trip to the Gulf Breeze Zoo or an educational trip to the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, home to many adorable ambassador animals, might be in order!
Golfer's have no fear....you can get in plenty of rounds around here! Check out The Club at Hidden Creek designed by award winning Ron Garl or one of the many other golf courses in surrounding areas such as Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Destin!
If you’ve had enough fun in the sun (…as if that’s even possible…) or if you’re unfortunate enough to experience one of our rare rainy days, head over to St. Michael’s Brewery for craft beers, unique food trucks, a pet friendly beer garden, and plenty of games to keep everyone entertained.
Last but certainly not least, if your group struggles to decide on what to do, check out Juana’s Pagodas right here on the island! From watersport rentals, live music, televised sporting events, a nightclub, great food, a playground for the kiddos, beach volleyball courts, and even beach chair rentals, they truly have something for everyone!
Relax…Our slogan isn’t Florida’s most relaxing place for no reason!
Navarre Beach was formerly known as Florida’s Best Kept Secret, but since our secret got out, we had to change our slogan. Florida’s Most Relaxing Place suits us!
We are a small laid back beach community nestled between the hustle and bustle of nearby Destin, “The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village”, and Pensacola, “Florida’s First and Future”. Spanning just 3 miles from the Navarre Fishing Pier on the East end of the island to the beginning of the Gulf Islands National Seashore on the West end of the island, we pack a lot of relaxing punch into a small area.
With 10 public beach access points scattered along the island, there is plenty of room for everyone to spread out, bury their toes in our sugary white sand beaches, and soak up the sun as you experience our emerald green waves washing ashore.
After a long hard day catching rays, witness an incredible Navarre sunset from the Navarre Beach Pier (The longest pier in Florida!), Juana's Pagoda's, one of the nearby pet friendly beaches, or during a sunset dolphin cruise.
For music lovers, be sure to check out some of Navarre's great outdoor music events, including our free concert series, Tunes by the Dunes, featuring local artists every Thursday evening from 7-9pm during the Spring and Summer seasons right here on Navarre Beach!
If you're lucky enough to witness Navarre Beach during a full moon, be sure to check out a free full moon yoga on the beach class hosted by Elementree Yoga or Navarre Beach Yoga. Willow at Elementree Yoga is even available for private yoga sessions at your vacation rental unit and her studio offers many other healing services! (Deckside yoga with the gorgeous Gulf views and the sounds of waves crashing in front of us is our favorite!)
Soothe sore muscles after all the fun you've been having during your vacation with a healing relaxation massage at one of the many great massage studios in the area like Navarre Healing Arts, who also offers unique services such as Reiki healing, Cranial Sacral, Hypnosis, and intuitive readings!
Once you're in full zen mode, why not finish off your evening with a wine tasting at Vine Wine Bar or your very own private wine tasting at your vacation rental with Gretchen Carter (TIP: For even more relaxation while on vacation, let Gretchen's grocery concierge service help with meal planning and shopping)!
After so much fun in the sun, you're sure to work up quite an appetite! Lucky for you, and for us, Navarre Beach has plenty of great restaurants!
Sailor’s Grill at Juana's Pagodas offers a casual dining experience with great options such as Gulf Shrimp, favorite Fish Sandwiches, and the World Famous Pagoda Burger. As an added bonus, they offer a full bar featuring tons of creative and tasty Juana concoctions, a sandy pet friendly beach area, and even a playground to entertain the little one's while you wait on your food. For those of you who are in a hurry, check out the Juana Bites menu for their to-go selections.
Windjammer's on the Pier is a fishermen's delight after spending a day on Florida's longest fishing pier (It's 1,545 feet long! Just walking to the end alone could work up an appetite!) Their menu features Po Boys, Fish Tacos, and one of the best smoked Tuna Dips we have ever had. With beautiful Gulf views, daily specials, and a laid back atmosphere you are sure to love it here! Visit on a wednesday evenings for karaoke or Friday and Saturday nights for live music.
The Beach House Bar & Grille at Spring Hill Suites has recently revamped their menu and we are definitely NOT disappointed. For more of a fine dining experience and beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico, visit our friends at Beach House for one of their 3 incredible chef designed menus featuring only fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. With a fantasic lunch menu, dinner menu, and even a Sunday brunch menu you're sure to be delighted no matter when you visit.
Broussard's Bayou Grill may not have the most spectacular views out of Navarre Beach's dining options, but they make up for it with the delightful local art showcased on their walls and at their tables! Not to mention, their menu features scrumptious Bayou inspired southern seafood specialties like their selection of raw and baked oysters, NOLA BBQ Shrimp and Grits, and their tasty Cajun Seafood Gumbo. Be sure to also give their Boudin Balls and Alligator Bites a try while you're there!
With so many great options located right here on the island, whether you're looking for a quick bite, a good happy hour, or more of a fine dining experience, Navarre Beach has you covered!
For even more options, visitors can venture over the Navarre Beach Causeway to the Navarre mainland where they can find hits like Dewey Destins, The Slippery Mermaid, JJ Chagos, Johnny Huston's, TC's Front Porch, and Scooter's Fish House.
Or take a quick 25 minute drive down the Gulf Islands National Seashore scenic route into Pensacola Beach and Pensacola where you'll find even more fan favorites like Crabs, Peg Leg Pete's, Casino Beach Bar & Grille, The Grand Marlin, and Fin & Fork.