Skip to comments.Anyone been to Navarre, Fl?
Posted on 06/25/2013 2:08:02 PM PDT by gop4lyf
My sister bought a house last year in Navarre, FL, but before we could go visit her she was deployed to Trashcanistan. She will be back in a few weeks and we are going to go visit her for a family vacation. It will be me, my wife, and my 3 year old son. I am just trying to see if anyone has been there to see what all there is that is family friendly to do. My sister said it is like Destin, but without the tourists. I don't know, I haven't been to Destin either.
Destin and FWB are pretty close by. Lots of good resturants, then there is this...
Some of the finest beaches in the Western Hemisphere, in my opinion. Ft. Walton Beach and Destin not too far down the road with plenty of restaurants. Lots of shopping, too.
Been vacationing along the “Redneck Riviera” for nearly sixty years. No place better.
In addition para-sailing, jet ski rentals, and this...
I can remember the first time I took my then five-year old to the beach over twenty years ago. She had never seen waves before. Lots of giggling and squealing. I predict the same from your youngster...
We lived in the Alabama Gulf coast for many, many years. Mrs. GBC and I always went to Destin for our get aways. Love the place.
Get them to take you to see the military museums on Hurbert Field, and at the West side of Eglin AFB.
A makeshift jelly fish first aid kit would probably be a good thing too.
It's mostly rental houses; if it just your immediate family, try to get a smaller house.
We got stuck in the sand, and that is catnip to rednecks, a number of whom came out of their houses to "help" us. After a few sort-of-scary, hold-muh-beer and watch me git ya out, moments, a group of competent guys (still Southern, but I would not classify them as rednecks) in a four wheel drive pickup stopped and got us out in short order. While we were doing that, my wife was invited into a high-class wedding party in a house across the street.
So, I suppose I am saying that there are all types of people there. It's a good place, and like someone else said, the beaches are great.
Went to the Eglin museum last fall. Well worth the trip. Excellent collection of small arms.
Lived in Destin for a number of years and loved, loved it....
Yes, Emerald Coast beaches are quite nice.
I forgot. Be sure top see the I-Max theater close to the Pensacola Navy Base, and catch their museum.
Lived there for 15 years...moved in 2007...you’ll like it!!
Didn't know the gators were a problem on the inlet side.
Sorry, four years old. Not for years ago. She is 24 now...
“Some of the finest beaches in the Western Hemisphere”
Without question. I haven’t found prettier.
Theres a real nice aquarium there and a pier that runs several hundred yards out, at the end there a a place where you look down and you can see the sea floor at 45ft. Theres a bar at the other end!
So does meat tenderizer in a paste form
“I can remember the first time I took my then five-year old to the beach over twenty years ago. She had never seen waves before. Lots of giggling and squealing.”
My youngest was three when we took him to the beach for the first time. His response to digging the sand: “It’s like hot snow”.
Use vinegar as the liquid in that paste.
Navarre Beach is Florida’s best kept secret.
And yeah, bring a jelly fish kit. Spray bottle with vinegar in it works great, especially when cold, and some meat tenderizer and water works well too.
Regular jellies aren’t too bad, but if Man-o-wars are in the mix, do not get in. They usually come when the water is colder though.
Catch some fish. Swoop party boat out of Destin is nice and affordable.
Here’s a miniature version of Marineland...I’ve taken my two girls there when we’ve visited the area. Obviously it doesn’t compare to a Sea World, but interesting for young ones nontheless.
I grew up near Navarre Beach. Clean beaches with plenty of room. Some of the best sand you can find. Actually, we were there last week. Water was cool due to recent rain. When the sun came out, the water temp and cool wind made it perfect. No jelly fish, a little bit of seaweed, no garbage in the water or on the beach.
If you get a chance, visit Ft. Pickens which is near Pensacola Beach. There are quiet and secluded beaches there, without undesirables.
We ate dinner or lunch on the beaches. Hooters has a nice deck. A place called Crabs has nice beach frontage.
Also, I highly recommend the Naval Aviation museum at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Naturally, the beaches are incredible. And if you're a seafood fan, you'll be in heaven.
Tons of activities nearby, especially if you're a history or nature buff. Check out:
Fort Pickens, to the West, off Pensacola Beach. Fort Pickens
The USS Alabama battleship, to the West, in Mobile. USS Alabama
The National Naval Aviation Museum, on Pensacola Naval Air Station, as well as the lighthouse & museum nearby. National Aviation Museum & IMAX Theater
The Blackwater River State Park (to the North) for hiking and kayaking. Blackwater River State Park
Southern Raceway (dirt track racing), to the North. Southern Raceway
You’re going to heaven on earth IMO. I lived in Pensacola for years and the beaches of the Redneck Riviera are so beautiful! Shopping is awesome in Destin and Sandestin. Like someone else said, be sure to check out the naval museum on NAS Pensacola. (Too bad you’ll miss the Blue Angels, though.) There is so much to do and so much to see in the whole Okaloosa Island area. I envy you...I will always miss the Gulf Coast!
Used to live in Navarre Beach in the '90s. At that time, Hurlbert still had the airstrip where Jimmy Doolittle's crew practiced take-offs in the B-25s. They had a white line across the runway to denote the end of a carriers deck. Never saw it but my brother was an insurance adjuster out there and said he had seen it many times. Cool bit of history.
"Under the tutelage of Naval Aviators from nearby NAS Pensacola in March 1942, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle and his Raiders practiced taking off with their B-25 Mitchell bombers on a short runway, demarcated to represent an aircraft carrier deck, using the short cross-field runway near the southern end of Hurlburt Field's main runway. This complex is now named the Doolittle Runway. Other Eglin fields, including Wagner Field/Eglin Auxiliary Field No. 1, and Duke Field/Eglin Auxiliary Field No. 3, were also used during this training.
For the 2008 gathering of Doolittle mission survivors, six crew were present for recognition in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, culminating in a reenactment of the training sessions by three civilian-owned B-25 Mitchells at Duke Field on 31 May. Navy personnel from NAS Pensacola, as flight deck "shirt" crew, represented that service's contribution to the Tokyo mission."
If you look up Sue-Bee Line Front End Alignments in Pensacola, you can meet and talk to one of the B-25 pilots, if he’s still alive.
Your three-year-old will enjoy the calmer waters of the sound (north side of the island) and the Butterfly House!
Thanks for all the responses!
Do you have something against southern gentlemen?
“Gentlemen” may stretch the definition too far for the first group that responded, but the second group (in the four wheel drive) definitely qualify. After all, they were Auburn fans, and they only stopped because they saw my AU t-shirt.
A little bit east of there, you could check out Highway 30-A, about 25 miles of coast hugging beauty with a number of neat little beach communities, one of a kind shops, and wonderful restaurants. And the beaches, as others have said, are absolutely world class. Take some really good sunglasses, lol.
A group of us took our kids to the beach when they wer 2 1/2 or 3. They had all been when they were smaller but didn’t remember. My friends son who was about 3 stopped, looked at the ocean and said..........that’s a BIG pool. We all laughed so hard.
The only time I managed to get a sunburn on the tops of my feet was in Navarre. I was in the Navy, and the Navy warned us about that!