Collecting cars, no driver’s license needed

Who says you need a driver’s license to collect classic cars?

Navarre Beach business teen Sage Offut would say that’s silly. Sage is the founder and owner of Sage Paddle Company.

At 15 she has already started her classic car collection, and she recently added a new vehicle to the mix, a 1968 Austin-Healey Mini Moke in a lime green paint job.

Modeled after the American Jeep, the Mini Moke was originally designed to be a lightweight wartime vehicle. It lacked doors and a roof and emulated the Jeep’s boxy, practical style, but the design proved impractical for off-roading and a little too mini to function as a military vehicle.

But the mini was just mini enough to make it on the beach. Once released to the civilian market, it gained fame as a beach buggy.

Relatively rare, there were only two for sale in the United States when Sage bought hers. She paid $20,000. The first car in her collection of two carried a similar price tag.

Sage’s first classic car purchase was a 1974 Volkswagen Thing Acapulco Edition. This special edition of the Thing was specifically made for cruising along Mexico’s coast. With bright blue and white finishes that scream beach.

As her collection grows – and she is determined that it will grow — Sage plans to stick with the beach theme. On her shopping list is a Volkswagen Bus, a Jeep Willys-Overland and a Jolly Fiat.

“We do live on the beach, and they are all beach cars,” she said. “I have always been interested in classic cars. I bought the first one, and it started a collection.”

While this is an expensive hobby, Sage said the continued success of her business has made it possible.

The success is no surprise. Sage prides herself on great customer service which is why her rental business grew. She started off just walking the beach asking if people wanted to rent a paddle board. Now she has a thriving online rental store for paddle boards, bicycles and more with a new physical shop opening up to visitors. She still offers deliveries and pickups so you can get your rentals brought right to the condominium, no extra charge.

Next summer Sage Paddle Company will add additional paddleboards, kayaks and bicycles to its rental inventory in response to increasing demand.

As for the classic cars, when the weather warms up locals and visitors alike will be able to spot them cruising down Gulf Boulevard or parked in front of Sage’s shop at 8228 Gulf Blvd.

Come check out this pint sized collector while you are on vacation.

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Navarre Properties earns 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Navarre Properties has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for the seventh year in a row!

The achievement, which has only existed for seven years, celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year.

Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

It just goes to show even the pros know that Navarre Beach is a world-class destination, and we here at Navarre Properties know how to make your vacation the best it can be.

Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor weighed in on the acheivements of these Certificate of Excellence winners.

“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” she said. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the right property at the right price.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Navarre Properties meets and exceeds expectations, and we would love to share our “excellence” with you. Book your beach getaway today.

So long sea turtles, see you next season

Navarre Beach is full of surprises, and our last sea turtle nest of the season was no exception.

These tiny loggerhead sea turtle babies decided to burst forth from the sand and make their scurrying shuffle for the ocean for an audience!

Sea turtle nests typically only hatch between dusk and dawn, but not these little guys. At 9:30 a.m. roughly a dozen babies no bigger than a ping pong ball startled and delighted several visitors to the beach from out of state.

Struggling to make their trek over yards of open sand to the Gulf of Mexico, these little turtles made their way as photos were snapped.

Later that evening their brothers and sisters emerged to make their trek to the water.

I and several other witnesses got to watch these babies make their run. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch these creatures in their first moments of life.

We were all quiet, lights covered and dimmed, as we made a wall on each side of the turtles’ path. As the babies made winding paths, not always going the right direction, toward the water we watched.

Then when they would reach the water, the waves would kick up and send the little guys spinning at first. All you wanted to do was go and help them, but we waited. Then the little turtles got their bearings, and with another wave they were swimming out to freedom at full speed, off to grow up in a cycle more ancient than even some dinosaurs.

That was the end of the turtle nesting season.

Navarre Beach saw 1,153 sea turtle hatchlings make their escape to the Gulf of Mexico. Maybe next year you can see a few of them. I can honestly say it is a worthwhile experience.