Navarre Beach a top 25 U.S. beach

Navarre Beach is the 12th best beach in the U.S., according to the millions of users on TripAdvisor. (It’s number one according to me, but that’s just personal preference.)

Our local coastline placed 12th out of 25 destinations that made the cut for the 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards Top U.S. Beaches. That put us out ranking coastlines throughout the country for our white sandy beaches, friendly southern charm and fantastic eats.

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice awards February.

Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor, gathered over a 12-month period.

Santa Rosa County Tourist Development Director Julie White said the announcement was exciting. White is tasked with shouting from the rooftops how great our beach is and delivering on that promise to the thousands of people that visit our shores each year.

“I was thrilled to get that kind of an accolade because those are the critics that you want, your visitors. Those are the best critics,” she said.

VP for TripAdvisor’s global communications had some positive feedback for us as well. Desirée Fish said the Travelers’ Choice awards are driven by visitors, not the company.

“With cold weather causing many of us to wish for sunnier days, now is the perfect time to make your dreams come true and plan your next beach getaway at one of these amazing, award-winning beaches! This list of travelers’ favorite beaches around the world has something near or far for surfers and sunbathers alike,” she said.

According to TripAdvisor, Navarre Beach is “a beach for solitude and simplicity, along with the longest pier in Florida.” I can echo that one.

One recent review used in the judging said: “We visited Navarre Beach after stumbling upon it, one of the BEST well-kept vacations secrets in the U.S. The beaches are white powder, the water looks like the Bahamas and the locals are chill and friendly. Great restaurants, hotels on the ocean and overall feel. We’ll be back!”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

“I looked at the reviews, and what we are putting out there is what we are getting back: calm, beauti­ful, white sands, relaxing,” White said.

Navarre Beach beat out the better-known Hawaiian shorelines and other well-advertised Florida beaches. Why? It’s because there is an authenticity here that just cannot be replicated.

Our miles of untouched natural coast, open to the public, leave guests who stumble across us coming back for more, but even with those draws, our coast remains uncrowded even in the peak of summer. That is a rarity for Florida beaches. Come see for yourself what all the buzz is about at

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