Pardon our dust, new beach amenities on the way

Odds are if you have taken a trip out to Navarre Beach over the last few days, you have noticed what appears to be a bit of a mess.

Construction trucks and crews hard a work, fencing around portions of the beach and an army of wooden pilings sticking out of the sand, it might seem a little overwhelming. But this progress is one project I could not be more excited about!

The Navarre Beach Marine Park is getting new visitor pavilion complex.With spacious picnic pavilions, new restroom facilities, much needed additional parking and new boardwalks, these facilities will be a huge help for our visitors and locals.

I’m most excited about the overlook that will allow for watching the nest shorebirds and their fluffy chicks from a safe distance during the season. Plus, can you imagine what those tropical sunsets are going to look like from the overlook? Gorgeous.

On the sound side near an area we call Mothers Beach (because it’s the best spot for young or inexperienced swimmers) new boardwalks are going in to connect the shore with the pavillions.

The improvements will also include new directional signage and free informational brochures to help guide you to all our beaches have to offer.

Completion and public opening of the new facilities is expected in early spring.

I know that sounds like a lot of work, and that is a long time off. But fear not avid beach-goer. Even if your vacation falls in the construction period, you will still be able to enjoy all that Navarre Beach has to offer. The shore is still open as are all the fun things in the Navarre Beach Marine Park.

Folks can still walk the entire length of the Gulf side beach from sunrise to sunset. Resident sea turtle Sweet Pea is still accepting visitors at the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center. Kayakers and divers can still use the special walkover and shower stations. The variety of species that call the marine park home are still active. The snorkel reef is still teeming with marine life.

So come on down to our slice of paradise (and pardon our dust). Book your vacation at