Not your everyday summer camp

The chill of winter is gone and the school year is winding to a close which can only mean one thing: it’s time to plan for summer vacation!

For many families it is time to pick out summer camps for the little ones. Thoughts of summer camp can bring to mind drafty cabins, pesky mosquitoes and poison ivy, but might I suggest a much better alternative?

Send the kids to camp at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. From building underwater ROVs to surfing on the waves to deep sea fishing and so much more these camps are so cool and right here on beautiful Navarre Beach.

Camps for this summer include:


Dolphin Discovery

June 11-15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students entering third through eighth grade

$275 (private dolphin cruise included)



Reefs and Robotics

June 18-22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students entering fifth through eighth



June 25-29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students entering third through fifth grade

$300 (include water sports lessons and activities)


Ocean Conservation Mini-Camp

July 2-3, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Students entering first through fifth grade



Guy Harvey Fishing Camp

July 9-13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ages 9-14

$350 (includes deep sea fishing, fishing gear and custom tee)


Arts and the Sea

July 16-20, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Students entering kindergarten through third grade



Sea Turtles Mommy (or Daddy) and Me at the Sea

July 28, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Ages 4-5



Fins and Flippers

July 30 – Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students entering third through eighth grade



Visit for more info and to register.


P.S. Mom and Dad

Most of the station’s camps will keep the kids occupied for the day, so what are you going to do? Might I recommend toes in the sand, drink in hand and not a care in the world? Walk down to the water from your condominium rental then grab lunch at the new Windjammers Bar and Grill on Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.

Slots and accommodations fill up fast. Find yourself a home away from home today. We offer a variety of options to make your trip relaxing and memorable.


Visit to book your vacation.

Spring Break with beach education

Just because it’s Spring Break does not mean the learning has to end.

Here on Navarre Beach we pride ourselves on a family friendly spring break, but we offer much more than a beautiful (and PG rated) beach to soak up the sun on.

Infuse your child’s Spring vacation with a healthy dose of marine education thanks to the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station’s Spring Camp Schedule. The NBMSS is an amazing location in the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary.

This beach front learning center offers children a hands-on, feet-wet approach to conservation education through experiencing marine life up close with state certified teachers and trained volunteers.

This year the station has expanded their summer camps to offer spring break mini camps as well. Here’s what’s available:


Seuss Science by the Sea

Ages: students in grades K-2

Dates: Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20

Times: 8am-12 pm

Cost: $75 – includes a Dr. Seuss marine themed book

“From one fish two fish, to Clam I am, Seussical sea creatures are everywhere. Learn all about animal diversity in the sea while investigating the marine science themes found in some of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved stories.  Each day begins with a special read-aloud Dr. Seuss book followed by a beach investigation (getting wet) and Dr. Seuss themed activities.  Oh, the places you will go with Seuss Science by the Sea!”


Shark Science

Ages: students in grades 3-5

Dates: Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20

Times: 8am – 12pm

Cost: $75- includes a shark goody bag

“Local, non-local and extinct sharks; learn about their feeding habits, where they live, how powerful they are, and why you don’t need to be afraid of them! Includes a shark dissection and field explorations.”


And while the kiddos are having a blast at camp, mom and dad can relax along the shores of beautiful Navarre Beach or plan their own seafaring adventure at the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary’s snorkel reef.

More info and registration is available at

Book your spring vacation at

Windjammers now open at the pier

Windjammers Restaurant and Bar on beautiful Navarre Beach is finally open, and I am more than a little excited.

The much anticipated, nautically-themed eatery is yet another addition to the tasty bites and sips available on Navarre Beach.

Located on the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, Windjammers is serving up fresh-from-the-gulf, locally-caught seafood, scrumptious sandwiches, beefy burgers, salads, soups and more.

Coming Soon: Alongside the locally sourced menu will be an even better locally-sourced craft beer menu. These cold ones are brewed by the entrepreneur brother’s over at Ye Olde Brother’s Brewery, Navarre’s first craft brewery. Some of the selections that are planned to debut at Windjammers will not be available anywhere else.

Open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, the restaurant has something for everyone.

Patrons to the restaurant will be able to dine just feet from some of the whitest beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. After lunch you can take a walk down the longest fishing pier in the gulf to work off your meal or just relax in the sands below.

Learn more and check out the menu at

The company that is managing both the restaurant, pier and newly opened Sand Dollars gift shop is Growing Santa Rosa Enterprise, a team of sharp locals with a love for what makes Navarre Beach so unique.

They have taken an already great location to the next level, and they are ready to give visitors a whole new experience with even more additions to come.

Sunsets on the deck of the pier never fail to amaze, so set yourself up at a table on the deck, order a plate, grab a pint and watch as the sun descends over beautiful Navarre Beach.

Reserve your vacation today at

Hello, Sweet Pea!

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center welcomed a new turtle to the family this week and the little girl is feisty.

Sweet Pea is a juvenile green sea turtle weighing in at just 17 pounds. She small, but she is mighty.

And visitors checking her out might do a double take because this young turtle has overcome some big trauma.

Sweet Pea was rescued Aug. 26, 2016, in Alabama and brought to the Gulfarium C.A.R.E. team. She was found wrapped in fishing gear both inside and out.

“She was a hot mess when we got her,” said Meredith Horn, director of marketing and communications for Gulfarium. “We coined her our ‘miracle survivor.’”

This miracle survivor had suffered severe trauma to her left side. Her front left flipper was badly damaged and had to be amputated.

One of her back flippers also had some paralysis due to the trauma.

Because of the extent of her injuries, Sweet Pea was deemed non-releasable by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which made her a good fit for the NBSTCC.

And since then her injuries have not slowed her down. Already her care takers say she is zooming around her pool like it’s nothing. Like any other kid, she loves to play with her food, toying with her PVC lettuce holder before chomping down.

More than just finding a forever home, Little Sweet Pea, has a mission to save other sea turtles from human impact. The result of her trauma can be readily seen and is a message in itself.

With the help of her caregivers Sweet Pea tells visitors how they can help protect not only sea turtles but other marine species for years to come.

Sweet Pea is ready to say hello to you and your family. Plan your vacation today.

Moon pies by the thousand

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Or, for those who don’t speak Cajun French, let the good times roll!

It is Mardi Gras season and the revelry is already under way here in sunny Navarre Beach.

So grab a slice of king cake and prepare for Fat Tuesday on Feb. 13, because the upcoming fun will be nothing you want to miss.

For Navarre, the culmination of the celebration will come Feb. 3 during the annual parade.

The best part is while some places (which will remain unnamed) get a little crazy, Navarre Beach’s parade always keeps the little ones in mind with a family friendly atmosphere.

The Navarre Krewe of Jesters take care to make it a memorable experience every year.

Nearly 18,000 strings of beads, thousands of moon pies and other fun throws will be raining down from dozens of delightfully decorated floats as the parade winds its way along Gulf Boulevard.

For first time parade goers, here is a little advice. First arrive early so you can get a primo seat for the parade. Second be careful of the edge of the road. Though it will be closed to traffic, safety should always be kept in mind.

Third and most important have fun. Relax, sing, dance and catch some beads.

Some local fun to check out on your vacation

Krewe of Jesters Mardi Gras Ball

Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.

Navarre Conference Center

Cordova Mall Ball

Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.

Cordova Mall in Pensacola

Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Feb. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Along Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach

Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Parade

Feb. 9 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Palafox and Government Streets in downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade

Feb. 10 from 2 to 6 p.m.

Downtown Pensacola

Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Feb. 11 at 2 p.m.

Via de Luna and Avenida 10 on Pensacola Beach

Snowbirds get some extra fun

This time of year, a lot of the tourists have disappeared off Navarre Beach.

Schools back in session. Budgets are tight post holidays, and the temperature has tipped a little low.

But this is the season of the snowbird, and frankly I love it.

For those of you who do not know, snowbird is the affectionate term for seniors that travel to beaches along the Gulf Coast during the winter months.

Right around this time of year we start to see visitors with a few more years of experience, and there is no shortage of fun for our silver fun seekers.

For one thing the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station has stepped up its game this year by offering an all new Snowbirds by the Sea series. Ranging in topics from crafting to beach combing to fighting invasive lionfish these events are filling up fast. Schedules and registration are available at

Looking to the mainland, the Navarre Beach Snowbirds Club will also be hosting several events throughout the season.

The Snowbirds Expo is always a big hit with freebies and samples from all the restaurants and businesses that Navarre has to offer.

There will also be socials, other fun activities and even a sweethearts Valentine’s Day dance throughout the coming months. Check it out at

So to our silver vacationers, I say welcome to our little corner of paradise here on Navarre Beach.

Gulf Islands National Seashore named Best Florida Attraction

USA Today has named Gulf Island National Seashore the 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Florida Attraction.

And it is no surprise. Located just to the west of Navarre Beach’s shores is one of the best preserved national parks in country. Sweeping sugar white sand dunes support unique plants and wildlife including beach mice, sea oats and shorebird species.

Uncrowded and unhurried, Gulf Islands is a gem to have as a neighbor.

Gulf Islands topped the list beating our over packed theme parks such as Disney World and even other national parks like the Dry Tortugas.

A panel of expert travelers selected a list of 20 Florida destinations for consideration. Then the list was opened up for public voting. Those that call Florida home and those that visit on vacation all weighed in to create the list.

National Park Service Superintendent Dan Brown was happy to hear the news.

“Being voted #1 Best Florida Attraction confirms what most of us already know – that the Gulf Islands National Seashore is a phenomenal place, with its incredibly beautiful beaches and fascinating forts. The best part is that it belongs to all of us to experience and enjoy,” Brown said.

Featuring some of the largest sand dunes still in existence along the Gulf coast and miles of protected shoreline, Gulf Islands also contains historical Fort Pickens. I have done the fort tour several times in my life starting from when I was very young. It’s a blast for the history buff or novice, and the photos you get in the fort and along the shore line of Gulf Islands are second to none.

If you want to experience Florida beaches in their purest form, I highly recommend stopping by Gulf Islands. It’s just a quick drive down Gulf Boulevard from one of our beautiful beach front condos.