Navarre Beach gets wheelchair friendly

Everyone deserve a chance to take in the wonders of nature.

The beauty and fun of Navarre Beach is for all, and thanks to the new Mobi-mat to be installed on our beach this spring, it will be accessible to all.

We are getting wheelchair accessible beach access!

The Mobi-mat is a permanent fix­ture that rests on top of the sand, allowing wheelchairs, motorized scooters and oth­er mobility devices to access the water.

The blue mat will start at the kayak dune walkover in the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and run down to the Gulf for 100 feet. The kayak dune walkover is a wide, railless ramp that allows beach patrons to access the sand without being impeded by rails or stairs.

The mat will also have two arms that spread out 16.5 feet each to the east and west to allow multiple families to use the setup at one time. All of the paths will be 5 feet wide and anchored into the sand.

The material is made of recycled plastics, is heavy­weight and remains cool un­der the sun.

Plus it comes is a nautical shade of blue! This mat will allow our visitors to experience the beach up close for the first time, and we are very excited.

In addition to the Mobi-mat, Navarre Beach will be adding two beach wheel­chairs for rolling down to the waves.

These chairs have en­larged, balloon-like wheels that can roll over sand. The chair is construct­ed from PVC pipe and mesh to keep it lightweight. Navarre Beach Fishing Pier management company Growing Santa Rosa Enter­prises has agreed to manage free check-outs of the chairs.

The pier is also wheelchair accessible for those that would like to go out on the Gulf of Mexico’s largest fishing pier. Be mindful that the ramp is steep in places, but the view is spectacular.

We here at Navarre Beach would like to welcome everyone to enjoy our shores. Call us at 866-936-1312 to book your ADA friendly accommodations today.

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Vacation like you mean it!

How many times have you said “I want to go on vacation, but work is too busy”?

How many times have you said “it’s too expensive to go right now” or “its not the right time with work” or “I can’t leave because of ‘x’” or even “I’ll go next year”?

How many times have you watched as the year ended and your vacation days expired, languishing from boundless potential to the ashes of what might have been.

At least 55 percent of you have done this to yourselves because on average 55 percent of employees don’t use their vacation days each year. That amounts 662 million unused vacation days. I repeat, 662 MILLION.

That’s crazy!

As travel expert Samantha Brown of Project: Time Off says, we are simply not prioritizing our vacations.

Well I for one say no more!

It is time to get out there and explore the world one sun-soaked beach at a time. It is time to paddle down the ancient Blackwaters and visit historic places. It is time to take a helicopter tour or snorkel on beautiful reefs or meet a sea turtle.

It is time to actually live your life.

Project: Time Off, found at projecttimeoff.com, is a great website to get you started. Their research-based information is packed with reasons why you should be vacationing and a calendar tool to help you get started.

The project has found that taking a vacation now and again boosts overall productivity, morale and prevents burnout. Samantha puts it perfectly when she says “there is no perfect time. Work will always be busy, and you are lying about (vacationing) next year.”

So go out there and seize the moment, your moment. Every wasted vacation day is a crime against not only yourself, but your quality of work and your family. Kids won’t stay kids forever. Young romance only happens once. And your life only happens once.

You deserve to live a full and happy life, and that means taking time to relax and discover a new place (and yourself.)  We can help with that.

Start making the most of your vacation days here on sunny Navarre Beach. Plan your trip today. Visit navarrelistings.com to book your stay with us!

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

 

Paddlepalooza

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

$100

 

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

$175

 

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

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

Ages 4-5

$75

 

Fins and Flippers

July 30 – Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students entering third through eighth grade

$275

 

Visit www.navarresciencestation.org 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 navarrelistings.com to book your vacation.