Picture leaning back in a beach chair as you dig your toes into the powdery white sand while sipping your favorite drink as the sun sets over sparkling saltwater. Live music plays in the background as the sky is alight with streaks of red, orange and purple.
That’s just another day at Juana’s Pagodas on Navarre Beach. This long time staple of the Navarre coast broke into the top 10 of the 2017 Best Florida Beach Bars contest sponsored by LandShark Lager.
Owner Kevin Rudzki said he is thrilled.
“We have made the list before, just not in the top 10. The rest of the bars are bigger name south Florida bars for the most part. There are some pretty big names that have been in the top 10 that we beat out this year,” he said. “It’s a pretty good honor. It is a neat thing to be a prat of, and it gives us some national recognition.”
The scoring to determine the bars list is based on FloridaBeachBar.com’s score and online voting. There was a list of 224 bars to pick from located throughout the state.
The scoring is based on things like ambiance, whether they have a full bar, how often they have live music and how close the bar is to the water. Juana’s has all of the above and so much more.
In addition to having a full restaurant on site this beach bar boasts indoor and outdoor seating, Jet Ski and sail boat rentals, volleyball courts and water front relaxation.
Rudzki said there location, just feet from Santa Rosa Sound at the foot of the Navarre Beach Causeway, is one of their best features.
“It’s the proverbial beach bar, what people are looking for,” he said. “It’s a laid back atmosphere. I like to think that we offer great service and good music, and our biggest selling point is our location. The sunsets are priceless.”
Juana’s has been doing business on the beach since 1989. They celebrated their 28th anniversary last month.
In the nearly 30 year since the Rudzki brothers and their wives first started renting out Jet Skis and sail boats at the location, it has been growing. Eventually the bar was added, then a restaurant and plenty of live music.
For a full list of winners and their locations go to floridabeachbar.com/2017-award-winners or just come check it out in person.