Situated on Florida’s Emerald Coast and nestled between Destin and Pensacola is a little-known secret.
Navarre Beach, more recently tagged as Florida’s most relaxing place, is pure beach paradise. Surrounded by state parks and preserved national seashore, it boasts miles of untouched, natural beauty. You won’t find tourist traps or an overabundance of infrastructure blocking those pristine views here. Instead, Navarre Beach is home to warm, crystal waters and sandy white beachfront as far as the eye can see. It is no wonder why this piece of heaven on earth is consistently named as a top Florida beach year after year.
Not only does it offer warm, sparkling waters you’d expect to find only in the Caribbean, but the miles of protected lands and lack of notoriety allow for vast open space to spread out and relax. That is of course, without feeling congested with the summer crowds that flood some of the larger, more well-known destinations.
In other words, if you are coming to the beach with plans to relax, Navarre Beach is it.
For the more active and outdoorsy types, there are activities besides laying out and basking in that famous Florida sun. At the forefront of the beach is the longest fishing pier on the Gulf of Mexico, which was recently taken over and is going through some exciting renovations. The Navarre beach pier offers daily fishing licenses, an on-site restaurant, volleyball courts, soon-to-be kid’s play area, and unrivaled views of the Gulf. The pier is also a hot spot for surfers, kayakers, and paddle-boarders.
Movie aficionados may also recognize this familiar location from the movie Jaws 2, which was famously filmed on Navarre Beach.
It is also worth mentioning that Navarre is uniquely situated around several military bases. Eglin Air Force Base, Hulburt Air Force Base, and Naval Air Station Pensacola are all located in the area. On any given day, you may witness military helicopters or the V-22 Osprey flying over Navarre Beach.