Beach Getaway Navarre Beach, Florida

Beach Getaway  Navarre Beach, Florida

The Emerald Coast is home to many beautiful beaches; white sand, clean, clear water, the pictures looked too gorgeous to pass this destination up.  We love beaches and try to get to as many as possible- this one by far was the prettiest we’ve visted. Navarre Beach boasts cute beach living without the tourist craziness of other beaches in the area. We went during Spring Break this year and were thrilled to see it completely devoid of spring breakers.  Navarre Beach is a barrier island that is accessible with just a short drive over a bridge ( less than a mile) . In fact we saw many bikers and runners take to the bridge every morning to get to the beach.  We stayed at Best Western Waterfront in Navarre and it was pretty perfect. Located on the sound, it was a 2 min drive over the bridge to get to the beach every morning. The sound of the waves and the cool breeze coming off the water was just heavenly. Ahhhh

View from our hotel balcony

 

Where to Eat
Navarre Beach has several cute restaurants like Rocco’s Italian Bistro, and the El Patron Mexican Grill for evening dining. And if you want something for during the day our favorite places for snacks were: Tropical Smoothie– since these giant smoothies were easy to tote out onto the beach and stick in the sand. Tommy’s New Orleans Sno Balls– To clarify, we practically live on the Trip Advisor App.
This cute sno cone hut popped up ridiculously high in the rankings, and since we passed it everyday taking the bridge over the sound, we had to try it. Yes, it’s just frozen water… and yet the fact that they have all these flavors that makes it totally fun and cheap. The service was great and it made for a nice cold treat on one of our hotter days there.

Deb’s Coffee Drive-Thru Another Trip Advisor favorite while in Navarre, we had to see what this place was all about, and we were not disappointed. Note- it is a drive-thru, so if you’re standing around waiting for your coffee outside this tiny tiny shack coffee shop, beware of incoming cars! Everyone stops here. With yummy flavors like Turtle and Snickers Frappuccino’s, handmade from scratch, its is worth the stop. They can even make kid-friendly ones without the coffee.

WHAT TO DO
While I can honestly say that my favorite part of this beach was, well, the beach, it should be noted that although its a fairly secluded, there are few things to do here. We saw many people renting waverunners, stand up paddle boards and even a few who took helicopter rides to see the beautiful emerald coast from a higher altitude. Navarre Family Watersports offers all this and more, including mini golf, a simple waterpark and kayaking. I think our favorite part was the fact that this beach was very uncrowded, even during the “busier” times of day. We enjoyed just relaxing and building sand castles without the stress of having to fight for our spaces at the beach. We were there in March and the water was warm enough for us to go in and enjoy.

SHOPPING:  We’re American, so we love food and shopping; finding a cute beach shop that was cheap but not too cheap was important. Luckily, Island Style had cute stuff that was made and priced well. Souvenirs, last minute beach towels or sand toys and clothes. And since we always seem to forget beach essentials, this place was pretty perfect for our needs.

We also visited Destin, Florida for shopping while we were here since it was only a half hour away. They have a really cute area area in Destin called Harborwalk Village,with lots of shops, restaurants and fudge(YUM). Parking is easy and it makes for a very nice day of laid back shopping.

Destin Harborwalk Village

TIPS

Navarre Parkway, the main road that goes through Navarre, also US 98, can get very congested. If you do plan to travel east to other beach areas such as Destin, Fort Walton Beach or west to Pensacola, try to time your trip around what would be considered rush hour. We never saw the road without a line of traffic, but we did notice that. If you stay in the area that we did, you can actually forgo driving and walk over the bridge to Navarre. Its about 1 mile and is a great way to get some exercise with a beautiful view!
It can get very chilly at night from the breeze coming off of the Gulf. I suggest if you’re planning to stay all day to bring layers. Even though the days were in the 80’s while we were there, we noticed a 10 degree temp difference between the beach and where our hotel was located across the sound.
There are not a lot of places located right on the beach for food, etc. While there are a few places right next to the beach parking lot, I recommend packing a picnic for lunch so you don’t have to leave in the middle of the day to try to find food.


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