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Anyone been to Navarre, Fl?
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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.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Travel
KEYWORDS: beach; navarre; vacation

1 posted on 06/25/2013 2:08:02 PM PDT by gop4lyf
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Destin and FWB are pretty close by. Lots of good resturants, then there is this...

http://www.bigkahunas.com/


2 posted on 06/25/2013 2:10:16 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: gop4lyf

http://www.city-data.com/forum/florida/115266-navarre-fl.html


3 posted on 06/25/2013 2:11:19 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: gop4lyf

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.


4 posted on 06/25/2013 2:11:26 PM PDT by abb
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To: gop4lyf
Yes.
Destin and Sand Destin is a shopping area. Okaloosa Island is what you want to see.
5 posted on 06/25/2013 2:11:51 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: gop4lyf

In addition para-sailing, jet ski rentals, and this...

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g34468-i1998-k3592204-Cigarette_or_Hi_Speed_Boat_Rides-Navarre_Florida.html


6 posted on 06/25/2013 2:13:16 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: gop4lyf

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...


7 posted on 06/25/2013 2:14:04 PM PDT by abb
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To: abb

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.


8 posted on 06/25/2013 2:15:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: gop4lyf
All the ‘snow-birds’ and spring breakers go to either Pensacola Beach or Panama City Beach. We locals stay between Sand Destin and Navarre Beach. The only real problem is traffic. There is only one main east-west highway, Highway 98, and it can be very trying on your nerves at times. But if you're here to visit, enjoy your stay. It is hot and humid right now so bring some light/lose clothes to wear.
9 posted on 06/25/2013 2:16:03 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: gop4lyf
Here's something top know.
10 posted on 06/25/2013 2:16:22 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: gop4lyf

Get them to take you to see the military museums on Hurbert Field, and at the West side of Eglin AFB.


11 posted on 06/25/2013 2:18:10 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

A makeshift jelly fish first aid kit would probably be a good thing too.


12 posted on 06/25/2013 2:18:54 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: gop4lyf
I was there a couple of weeks ago. We were actually staying in Pensacola Beach, but we drove over, through a beautiful National Seashore, to Navarre.

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.

13 posted on 06/25/2013 2:19:31 PM PDT by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)
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To: Yosemitest

Went to the Eglin museum last fall. Well worth the trip. Excellent collection of small arms.


14 posted on 06/25/2013 2:20:18 PM PDT by abb
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To: gov_bean_ counter
If you go freshwater fishing on the rivers and creeks, beware the water lizards.
They grow to lengths larger than 12 feet.
Watch Swamp People to know how to kill them.
15 posted on 06/25/2013 2:20:39 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Lived in Destin for a number of years and loved, loved it....


16 posted on 06/25/2013 2:22:10 PM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: abb

Yes, Emerald Coast beaches are quite nice.


17 posted on 06/25/2013 2:22:29 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: abb

I forgot. Be sure top see the I-Max theater close to the Pensacola Navy Base, and catch their museum.


18 posted on 06/25/2013 2:22:36 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: gop4lyf

Lived there for 15 years...moved in 2007...you’ll like it!!


19 posted on 06/25/2013 2:24:30 PM PDT by woofer2425 (Obama inhales immensely!)
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To: Yosemitest
Our daughter absolutely will not go in the gulf. From the first time she started getting in the water about 4 years ago she has always been stung by JF.

Didn't know the gators were a problem on the inlet side.

20 posted on 06/25/2013 2:25:15 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: Yosemitest

Sorry, four years old. Not for years ago. She is 24 now...


21 posted on 06/25/2013 2:26:25 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,)
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To: abb

“Some of the finest beaches in the Western Hemisphere”

Without question. I haven’t found prettier.


22 posted on 06/25/2013 2:29:14 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: gop4lyf

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!


23 posted on 06/25/2013 2:31:08 PM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Yosemitest

So does meat tenderizer in a paste form


24 posted on 06/25/2013 2:33:46 PM PDT by akinbaja
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Take a look at the photo in comment #5.
The Choctahachie Bay (on the left) has the sandy areas where the water isless than a foot deep that goes on for a quarter of a mile or more (the light brown sandy areas) where the Hurricanes blew the coastal Island Sand into the Bay.
Gators aren't so much a problem in the "Inner Coastal Waterway" so much as if you go north of Navarre into the BlackWater Bay, or the Yellow River or any of the smaller streams.
Use your head and think, that's all.
25 posted on 06/25/2013 2:33:59 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: akinbaja
It can be a real problem, if not attended to quickly.
I've got some friends that have lost muscle due to that, and have an indentation about the size of a tablespoon, that won't grow back.
26 posted on 06/25/2013 2:36:39 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: abb

“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”.


27 posted on 06/25/2013 2:38:46 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: akinbaja

Use vinegar as the liquid in that paste.


28 posted on 06/25/2013 2:43:16 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: gop4lyf

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.


29 posted on 06/25/2013 2:45:10 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: gop4lyf

Catch some fish. Swoop party boat out of Destin is nice and affordable.


30 posted on 06/25/2013 2:46:13 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: gop4lyf

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.

http://www.gulfarium.com/


31 posted on 06/25/2013 2:50:03 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: gop4lyf

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.


32 posted on 06/25/2013 2:52:29 PM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: gop4lyf
I have a small vacation 20 miles north of Navarre, so I'm familiar with the area.

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

33 posted on 06/25/2013 2:56:57 PM PDT by AUTiger83
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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!


34 posted on 06/25/2013 2:58:20 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: Yosemitest
Get them to take you to see the military museums on Hurbert Field, and at the West side of Eglin AFB.

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.

From Wiki:
"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."

35 posted on 06/25/2013 3:07:31 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Oatka
I've got over 5 years in Eglin and Duke Field Control Towers.
I know the subject well.
36 posted on 06/25/2013 3:12:09 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Oatka

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.


37 posted on 06/25/2013 3:17:31 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: gop4lyf

Trashcanistan!!! Hahahahahahah!


38 posted on 06/25/2013 3:21:12 PM PDT by kdot
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To: gop4lyf
No more beautiful beaches than on Santa Rosa Island. This area is called the Emerald Coast because of the unique waters.

Your three-year-old will enjoy the calmer waters of the sound (north side of the island) and the Butterfly House!

39 posted on 06/25/2013 3:35:45 PM PDT by condi2008
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To: gop4lyf; All

Thanks for all the responses!


40 posted on 06/25/2013 3:42:28 PM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: Oatka
If you want to see alot of the Air-to-Ground Range and Duke Field, watch John Wayne's Green Breets movie. That photo is on the ramp on Duke Field, looking south, towards Eglin AFB
41 posted on 06/25/2013 3:43:11 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Martin Tell

Do you have something against southern gentlemen?


42 posted on 06/25/2013 3:45:59 PM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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“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.


43 posted on 06/25/2013 3:54:47 PM PDT by Martin Tell (Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa Catoni.)
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To: Martin Tell

War Eagle!


44 posted on 06/25/2013 4:10:28 PM PDT by AUTiger83
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To: gop4lyf

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.


45 posted on 06/25/2013 4:25:49 PM PDT by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons.)
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To: abb

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.


46 posted on 06/25/2013 4:56:40 PM PDT by sheana
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To: gop4lyf

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!


47 posted on 06/25/2013 10:35:58 PM PDT by Does so (Progressives Don't Know the Meaning of INFRINGED...)
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