It’s no surprise to those of us that call the glittering turquoise coastline of Navarre Beach home. Our slice of paradise was awarded a spot on the global list of 30 top emerging travel destinations for 2020 in a ranking released Nov. 4 by TravelLemming.com.
TravelLemming.com is an international travel site founded by Nate Hake, an American who has been traveling the world full-time since 2016. The site’s mission is to highlight emerging and underappreciated destinations as a way to fight “overtourism” –the phenomenon in which a destination’s popularity with visitors erodes the visiting experience.
No overtourism here, locals have affectionately referred to this place as Florida’s best kept secret for years because of the lack of crowding along our unspoiled stretch of beach.
According to Travel Lemming, an emerging destination is “one which an average American traveler would probably not already be considering visiting and which has enough capacity to handle additional tourism without becoming overtouristed.”
In other words, it is a location with room to grow and a reason to be in the spotlight. Navarre Beach fits the definition perfectly.
Winners were selected after voting by 30 of the most popular travel bloggers in the industry, who collectively sport more than 12 million followers on social media.
In describing why Navarre Beach was selected, the Travel Lemming article reads:
“Possibly the best beach destination that you’ve never heard of, Navarre Beach was Florida’s best-kept secret until TripAdvisor named it as one of the best 25 beaches in the United States this year. Located just 40 minutes from Pensacola, Navarre Beach is the perfect destination for families looking to enjoy water activities like kite surfing, fishing, snorkeling, and surfing– or just looking to unwind and watch a spectacular sunset on a quiet patch of sand. After all, just because you want to experience perfect white sand beaches doesn’t mean you need to dart through a sea of beachgoers to stake out a tiny of sliver of sand.”
Derek Baron, one of the judges and the travel blogger behind Wandering Earl, also praised the beach’s perks.
“It’s simple– Navarre offers the white sand beaches, gorgeous turquoise waters, and perfect sunsets of some of the world’s more crowded and expensive beach destinations. I’ll take a more laid-back, picture perfect tropical destination, that’s easy to reach, any day,” he wrote.
Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about at NavarreListings.com.