Shelling – a free excursion during your stay on Navarre Beach

Did you know that Navarre Beach ranks among the top beaches in the state of Florida for shelling?

Navarre Beach, along with its snow-white sands, is home to numerous species of shells, all with diverse patterns that line the coast.

Recently, there has been even more shells along the beach after Hurricane Sally moved through northwest Florida Sept. 16 and shook things up.

Hurricanes, and any powerful storm really, lift up the shells and any other particles on the bottom of the ocean floor and wash them ashore with the waves and the wind.

But it doesn’t take a storm to make shelling a popular hobby in our area. Navarre Beach is a pretty great spot for shells no matter what because of where it sits along the Gulf Coast.

Bringing visitors from just about everywhere, “Florida’s Most Relaxing Place” offers the best souvenir for tourists to take home with them – a pocketful of seashells, free of cost.

Shelling is super relaxing, therapeutic even and it gets you off your phone and away from your computer screen. And each wave brings an assortment of new seashells to choose from so the selection is never-ending and always changing. The secret to a therapy session is to walk out to the beach with as little as possible, carrying just a mesh shell bag and maybe a waterproof fanny pack for your necessities.

Some shell collectors marvel at the beauty of the seashell without knowing the intricate science behind how it landed on shore.

When clams and scallops die, their shells generally disarticulate and fall apart. Because they’re heavy, it takes wave energy to push them on shore. 

Common finds in this area are different types of scallops, cockle shells, lightning whelks, small Florida fighting conchs, tulip snails and a number of different clam species like coquina clams.

The diversity and beauty of shells along the coast make Navarre Beach a hot spot for shelling, post-hurricane or not.

Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the beautiful shells washed upon the shore of Navarre Beach. Book your stay today at www.navarrelistings.com to start your collection.

Boo at the Zoo is on the horizon

Staying on Navarre Beach in the fall has its perks.

Number one, there are fewer tourists so that means less crowded beaches.

Number two, the weather is beautiful – not too hot, not too humid, just right.

Number three, there are numerous fun fall festivities in our area, thanks to Beaches to Woodlands.

One of those exciting events happening almost every weekend of October is the annual Boo at the Zoo.

Children of all ages and the young at heart dress up in their cutest Halloween costumes at the Gulf Breeze Zoo and get to trick or treat with the animals. A variety of vendors set up booths along a trick or treat trail through the zoo’s many animal exhibits each weekend. Children have a chance to touch some of the critters, as well as feathers, bones and other items.

Vendors vary from an art studio and music school to kettle corn and hair bows.

Gulf Breeze Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo festival includes Halloween entertainment and kid-friendly fun around every corner. Come explore the trick-or-treat trail complete with candy, treats and toys, bounce houses, face painting, and of course the Ambassador Animal Headquarters, where you can meet the animals up close and personal.

The trick or treat trail has been expanded to incorporate social distancing and CDC guidelines this year.

Tickets must be pre-purchased this year in order to comply with these recommendations to ensure a safe, fun environment for everyone. The prices are as follows and include admission to the zoo for the whole day.

Adventure Adult – $22.95

Adventure Child – $17.95

Adventure Senior – $21.95

This Halloween extravaganza continues through the rest of the weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 17,18, 24, 25 and 31.

Purchase your tickets for Boo at the Zoo at www.gbzoo.com/events/boo-at-the-zoo right after you book your stay on Navarre Beach at www.navarrelistings.com.

Book your stay for the 7th annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Despite the many obstacles that might have impeded the 7th annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, the fishing extravaganza is still a go this weekend.

Navarre Fishing Rodeo is a fishing competition where anglers can fish from anywhere “except the frozen section of the supermarket,” according to the event organizer Sandpaper Marketing. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat, a kayak or the pier. The boundaries are the Destin Pass to the Pensacola Pass.

The tournament starts at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, and ends at 4 p.m. the next day. Weigh-in is at Juana’s Pagodas and prizes will be awarded in all divisions. There is even a junior division for anglers who are 12 and under. Young anglers can compete in that division for free with a registered adult angler.

Expect fun and, hopefully, sunny cool temperatures with calm surf.

If you’re not a fisherman, you can always watch the weigh-ins.

Mike Sandler, chair of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, said the kid’s division is one of the most significant pieces of the rodeo.

“The young anglers get to come in, sometimes with the very first fish that they caught, and put it up on the scale, so that’s really a lot of fun to watch,” he said.

Last year, more than 527 pounds of fish were caught and over 2,000 people attended the event.

Packet pickup will be at Windjammers on the Pier Friday evening, where anglers can pick up their captain’s bags and complimentary long sleeve Mojo shirts. The Captain’s meeting will be virtual this year.

It’s not too late to be a part of this fun fishing weekend. Visit www.navarrefishingrodeo.com today to register!

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation.

This weekend is also Fish Navarre Weekend, which means that pier admission will be free Oct. 3 and 4 and all annual fishing and walking passes will be 10% off. Pier admission is normally $7 for adult fishermen and $1 for walkers. Annual adult fishing passes are normally $150 and annual walking passes are $60.

Book a vacation rental for this weekend today before it’s too late at www.navarrelistings.com.

Feeling like fall on Navarre Beach

I don’t know if you guys have noticed recently, but the weather on the Gulf Coast has been ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Ever since Hurricane Sally made her way through our area, the phrase “the calm after the storm” has become our reality. Sunny skies, crystal clear water and even a cool, brisk breeze in the mornings to really make it feel like fall.

We are blessed to live and vacation here. Gazing upon the horizon as the sun slowly enters or exits the sky truly makes Navarre Beach feel like paradise.

Just this week many locals and tourists alike could be found walking up and down Navarre Beach shelling, going for their morning run with their toes grazing the sand and even gazing upon marine life such as dolphins and sting rays!

With temperatures finally cooling down, Navarre Beach has become even more enjoyable. It’s cool in the morning when you wake up and watch the sunrise and begin to feel the warmth of rays on your skin. Then the air gradually heats up as the sun ascends in the sky and makes for a perfect beach day, people splashing in the sea foam green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The sun completes its cycle in the sky as it dissolves into the horizon once again, bringing cool sweater weather that we all long for after a hot summer.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to vacation to this heavenly paradise. Book your stay today at www.navarrelistings.com.

Navarre Beach vacations offer learn, work and play options

With so many of us working and learning from home, now is a perfect time to make a getaway, without any of the stress of missed obligations!
Navarre Beach is waiting, and our beach house and condo rentals offer the perfect place to take a working vacation that’s still relaxing. Set the laptop up while lounging on the porch of your Navarre Beach rental. Then take your lunch break while sunbathing by the Gulf of Mexico.
Our high-speed internet access means easy connection for you and the kids while away from home. Pak N Fax, a local business, offers all the services you will need to keep work rolling, including a UPS store.
You will have everything you need to remain efficient. Then take a break to enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Plus, remote learning and homeschool options mean our kiddos classrooms can be anywhere, anytime and teach any lesson we can imagine! There’s no shortage of learning opportunities for the kids on Navarre Beach!
At the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, students can get hands on lessons about marine animals, conservation and science. Meet Sweet Pea, our resident green sea turtle. Check out Shark School. And explore new technology used by real scientists.
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge also offers lots of learning opportunities. This working wildlife rescue offers nature trails featuring facts about native species along with lessons in ecosystems.
Take the classroom around the world with lessons about exotic animals at Gulf Breeze Zoo. The safari train ride is an excellent chance to learn about a variety of creatures and conservation efforts.
See what’s new at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, which offers a variety of learning events and even camps with trained scientists. Or check out history at the forts and facilities of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
And our pet friendly rentals mean that everyone can enjoy the Navarre Beach vacation. It’s truly like picking up home and bringing it to the beach.
We are currently offering a promotion to make education vacations affordable for everyone. Use promo code EDUCATION when booking at NavarreListings.com. So, bring the whole family for a beach vacation of learning and fun on beautiful Navarre Beach.

Beaches to Woodlands brings fall festivities to Navarre!

October is the best month to visit Navarre Beach, and I’ll tell you why.

First off, there are less people soaking up the sun on the white-sanded beaches. Most people are back to work and school and getting back into their routine.

Second, the weather is absolutely phenomenal! The humidity is slightly subsiding. The temperatures aren’t as blazing as they were in July, but you can still lay out and work on your suntan.

Last but not least, there are a plethora of events to attend thanks to our 17th annual Beach to Woodlands Tour, our way of kickstarting the fall here in Santa Rosa County.

The tour will begin Sept. 11 and run until Nov.31.

From various pumpkin patches and corn mazes to trick or treat events, the 2020 Beaches to Woodlands tour will be full of memories for the whole family.

Here is a list of all the exciting events taking place in Navarre.

30th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta, Sept. 11-13

The Juana Good Time Regatta is designed for both experienced and novice sailboat racers and is open to all sizes of multihull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers.


7th Annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, Oct. 3-4

This thrilling fishing tournament starts the minute after midnight on Friday night. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier. Weigh-in is on the beach at Juana’s and prizes will be awarded in all divisions. 

Trick or Teeth, Oct. 3, 17, 24

For the month of October, join the Spooky Shark School of Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) to learn about sharks of the deep blue sea like Goblin Shark and a shark that glows in the dark. Registration includes a 25-minute shark presentation and early admission to the conservation center. Participants also enjoy a shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion and a spooky fun goodie bag to go home with!


12th Annual Run for the Reef 10K & 5K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run, Oct. 10

This coastal race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach boat launch parking lot and features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Blvd. The event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and artificial reefs. Race Day Registration and awards will take place at Windjammers on the Pier.

Sea Turtle Extravaganza, Oct. 10

Happening the same day at the NBSTCC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos, costume characters and more!  The kites will be flying high and all outside activities are free.

Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail, Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31

Come trick-or-treat with all your favorite animals at the Gulf Breeze Zoo! Boo at the Zoo offers 7 days of scare-free, daytime fun for children and their families. The safe Halloween entertainment includes a trick-or-treat trail with toys, treats, treasures, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, critter touch zone and the entire zoo.


Science Spooktacular By the Sea presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Oct. 24

From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you. Join us the Marine Science Station for their annual fundraiser Science Spooktacular. Explore science stations led by outstanding Santa Rosa County teachers. The family friendly event features glow in the dark science demonstrations, spine chilling dissections, haunted beach walk, hands-on activities, and crafts for children.

Hatching Halloween, Oct. 31

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center welcomes the public to join them for an afternoon of exciting education. The event includes tortoise talks, a kids costume contest, trick-or-treating and an arts and crafts station.

Throughout the fall also check out the farm-to-table vendors, live music and arts and crafts at the High 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz on Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17, Nov. 7. Or explore the woodfired arts with tours at Holley Hill Potter and Art Studio, including the historic kilns of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. Kiln Walk has the largest historical 32-foot wood fueled “Anagama” cave style kiln and the only reconstructed wood-fueled Southern Altered Groundhog kiln from the 1940s in Florida.

Check out the event list at www.beachestowoodlands.com, then book your stay at NavarreListings.com.

Juana’s Good Time Regatta returns to the beach

It’s almost time to set sail. After months of canceled events and traditions, Navarre Beach is excited to welcome a fun and safe event to our shores! The Juana’s Good Time Regatta will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 11-13, filling Santa Rosa Sound with colorful sails for a weekend of competition and sailing.

Schedule of events will be:

Sept. 11

6 to 8 p.m. “We Juana Windy Weekend Party” check-in

5 to 9 p.m. live music by Stevie Hall

Sept. 12

10 a.m. Skippers meeting at Sailors’ Grill

11:30 a.m. Distance Sailboat Races

5 to 9 p.m. live music by Matt Hoggat

Sept. 13

10 a.m. Skippers meeting at Sailors’ Grill

11:30 a.m. Triangle Racing

3 p.m. trophy presentations with live music by Stevie Hall

Unfortunately, this year there will be no Hobie Wave Timed Beach Races, but all sizes and skill levels are welcome to join the fun.

Adjustments have been made to the event due to pandemic in an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. Masks and social distancing will be recommended while not racing.

Events will occur at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill facilities located at 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway on Navarre Beach. Registration must be done online by no later than midnight Sept. 10 at juanaspagodas.com/regattanews.htm.

Come join the fun, even if you watch from the shore at NavarreListings.com.

Save money with meal-planning trip tips

We all know vacations can empty the bank account. Budgeting for a cost-effective vacation for the whole family can be challenging, but rest assured there is a way to cut down your vacation costs drastically – MEAL PLANNING!

Let’s face it… we throw a lot of money out the window when we’re hungry, especially when we’re out of town and don’t know where the cheapest tasty burger is. It’s a game of Google and hope for the best!

If you come up with a simple meal plan for your vacation, you can save loads of cash. This will leave you with more money for memory making!

Here’s a quick guide to meal planning for your sunny vacation on the Gulf coast.

  1. Count your meals ahead of time. First and foremost, you must know how many meals you’re planning for. Simply count how many meals you will need during your stay and for how many people. If you have a family of four going to the beach for seven days, that’s about 21 meals total for the week that will each feed four people. It is also important to have snacks just in case you get hungry in between meals, about one or two a day. That’s about 10-14 snacks each for four people. That may seem like a lot, but you’ll likely end up hitting the local eateries throughout the week so plan accordingly.
  2. Make a menu. Write it out or type it out on your phone! It will come in handy and make for a more relaxing trip. Leave empty spaces for the restaurant splurge trips you will take. Also, plan on transforming your dinner leftovers into the next day’s beachside lunches. Here’s some examples for basic meals to give you an idea of how the dinner ingredients work hand in hand as lunchtime leftovers.
  3. Dinners: Most of the planning will go into dinners. Base your meal around the main dish, which is normally the meat (unless you are vegetarian, then there are additional options). Based on how many meals you and your family would like to eat out, to save money plan to eat in for at least half of your nights. Try grilled chicken kabobs (easy way to cook meat and vegetables at the same time), spaghetti and meatballs, hamburgers and hot dogs or even BBQ chicken wings one night. For easy side dishes, think mac and cheese, rice or canned vegetables.
  4. Lunches: This is where you can really save money! Take leftovers from dinner you ate the night before and put a little twist on it. For example, if you made chicken kabobs the night before, throw it in a pita wrap and pair it with some pretzel chips with hummus and there you go, a delicious beach picnic! Other ideas include leftover mac and cheese in a cup or shred the chicken from the BBQ chicken wings and make a pulled BBQ chicken sandwich.
  5. Breakfasts: Think simple cereals, granola bars, fruit, pancakes, eggs, French toast and maybe even bacon or sausage for a special morning.
  6. Go to the grocery store. Twice actually. Once before you go to get packing essentials, such as coolers, totes and reusable water bottles. You also need to get some snacks for the road! Then, you’ll want to go shopping the first day of your vacation to buy your food for the week. Remind yourself when you are at the store to cost-effective shop. Every penny counts when it comes to saving! Brand names are often just a price mark-up for the name on the packaging.

Save your money for the things that really matter- making memories with the ones you love.

Book your next cost-friendly vacation with delicious cuisine at NavarreListings.com today!

Ready to run on Navarre Beach?

The opportunity is coming up in October with 12th annual Run for the Reef.

Scheduled for Oct. 10, the event features both a 5K and 10K course as well as a one-mile Kids Fun Run.

The 5K course is a beautiful out and back run along Gulf Boulevard, with the run starting near the boat ramp parking lot. Walking is an option for the course as well.

The 10K course is similar to the 5K while the fun run for children 12 and under will kick off from the sea turtle center on the beach right after the 5K is finished.

Head  on over after your run to Windjammers on the Pier for an after race party that includes free food and refreshments. The awards ceremony will also take place then, with recognition going to the top runner in each division (Overall, Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters Male/Female). Second and third-place prizes will be given out in each age group while first-place awards will be given to those that walk the course in each division. All runners in the kids run will receive an award.

This run provides a great opportunity to enjoy a fall morning along the Gulf Coast and the event

Benefits the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Snorkeling and Diving Reefs.

Registration information can be done online at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Navarre/RunfortheReef10K5KOneMileFunRun. The 5K run or walk costs $20 if you register by Aug. 30 while the 5K run costs $25. Race day registration will take place from 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. The fun run is $15 and registration for that ends Oct. 8.

For more information, check out https://navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.org/run-for-the-reef-5/. So pack up your running shoes and book your beachfront condo today at NavarreListings.com.

Last-minute getaways a breeze on Navarre Beach

For many places, school has been pushed back a few weeks meaning there is one last chance to eke out some summer fun!

If you and your family are looking for a last-minute weekend getaway, look no further than Navarre Beach. Check out NavarreListings.com to see which one of our fabulous beachfront condos is a good fit for your family, pack up the car and head our way!

In addition to beautiful beaches (with plenty of social distancing), there are countless other ways to get some safe fun ahead of the start of school. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Gulf Breeze Zoo- Located just a few miles up the road, this sprawling outdoor facility offers a chance to feed giraffes and alligators while seeing hundreds of exotic species.
  • Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center- They are fully open and taking extra precautions to protect visitors. Get up close with our resident sea turtle Sweet Pea and many of the critters that call the Gulf of Mexico home. Masks are required.
  • Yoga at the pier- Free yoga is offered every Saturday at 4 p.m. along the beach at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Grab some dinner afterward at the pier restaurant, Windjammers.
  • Navarre Park- This waterfront park offers walking areas, water access and a splash pad for the little ones. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a little leisure time.   
  • Rent paddle boards or bicycles- Enjoy the beach with a little exercise. Sage Paddle Co. and Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill both offer rentals for beachfront fun.

Regardless of how you get out there, make some memories with the family before the summer is gone. Book your last-minute weekend escape at NavarreListings.com!