February events at Navarre Beach

Snowbird Activities Series at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center

Join us at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center,8543 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, for a morning of fun, socialization, and learning. Each session will be a different theme or activity. This program is designed for visiting snowbirds and local seniors. Space is limited to 40 attendees. First come, first serve. For more information, call 850-981-8900 or visit http://www.getrelaxing.com and http://www.facebook.com/RelaxInNavarre

•             February 4, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Lecture Series Nutrition

•             February 5, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Coffee and Crafts – Mardi Gras Masks

•             February 7, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. –  Ask a Bird Biologist – Audubon

•             February 10, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. –  Photography Class with John Starrett

•             February 11, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. –  Lecture Series

•             February 13, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. –  Chair Yoga (limited to 15 attendees)

•             February 18, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Lecture Series Marine Mammal Neighbors

•             February 24, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Lecture Series Terrapins

•             February 27, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. – Chair Yoga (limited to 15 attendees)

Snowbird Sessions by the Sea at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station – Beachcombing 101

February 5, 12, 19, 2 – 3 p.m.

Learn all about seashells with a guided walking tour of our marsh, dune and swash zone ecosystems during our Beachcombing 101 classes. This program is for visiting snowbirds and local seniors. $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. Each participant receives a session take-away. The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is located at 8638 Blue Heron Ct. on Navarre Beach. For more information and to register, call 850-261-2141 or visit http://www.navarresciencestation.org.

15th Annual Woodstoke and Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Festival

February 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrating handmade pottery and historic wood-fired kilns! Attendees are welcome to join the line to view pieces and help to unload two large historical kilns. Art pieces from Gulf Coast Potters will be available for sale. The suggested $10 donation for the commemorative pottery bowl allows you to sample all the specialty seafood and chili dishes. The commemorative pottery bowls contain locally sourced clay. Free event, open to the public. For more information, contact Holley Hill Pottery, 7507 Buckeye Drive, Navarre, at 850-939-2744 or visit http://www.holleyhillpottery.com.

34th Annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade

February 15, 1 p.m.

Join the Navarre Krewe of Jesters at the Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Navarre Beach Life.” The parade beings at the corner of Indiana St. and Gulf Blvd.; Runs east along Gulf Blvd.; and ends at the four-way stop on Navarre Beach. For more information, email contact@nkoj.org or visit http://www.nkoj.org.

Valentine’s Murder Mystery Dinner at Broussard’s Bayou Grill

February 12, 6:30 p.m.

Broussard’s on Navarre Beach is having “A Dinner To Die For” presented by Improbable Cause Mystery Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner/show starts at 7 p.m. Come out and figure out who-dun-it while eating great food. Tickets are $55 and includes dinner and a special Valentine’s signature drink and the show. Tickets are on sale at Broussard’s on Navarre Beach at 8649 Gulf Blvd. Navarre Beach.  For more information and tickets, please call 850-396-6098.

Sweethearts Dinner and Dance

February 13, 5 – 9 p.m.

Join the Navarre Beach Snowbird Club for their 2020 Sweethearts Dinner and Dance! It will be a romantic evening of great food, dancing and live entertainment from Stevie Hall. Tickets are $35 and includes reception with appetizers, buffet dinner, open bar and dessert. Stevie Hall will be playing all your favorite songs with dancing. Navarre Conference Center, 8100 Navarre Parkway. For more information Call TJ Goulet at 850-776-8355 or visit http://www.navarrebeachsnowbirdsclub.com

Trash Bash with the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center

February 29, 8 – 10 a.m.

Meet up to clean up! Volunteers for a beach cleanup will meet in the main Navarre Beach Parking lot near the Sand Crab Pavilion. A limited supply of gloves, buckets and pickers are provided or bring your own. Call 850-684-3347 or visit http://www.navarrebeachseaturtles.org for more information.

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Mardi Gras season is here!

As the saying goes, “laissez les bons temps rouler!” Or for those that don’t speak Cajun French, let the good times roll!

It’s Mardi Gras season, and the Navarre Krewe of Jesters are in full swing preparing for this year’s festivities including the Mardi Gras Ball at the Navarre Conference Center Feb. 8 and the 34th annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade Feb. 15.

The theme of the ball and the parade is “Navarre Beach Life.” What a great theme for a great place, right?

The ball is a formal affair, so if you decide to join the fun be sure to dress to the nines! Guests are encouraged to wear tuxedos and formal dresses for this black-tie event. The event is open to the public and BYOB (or liquor). This is not a masquerade ball or a costume ball, but outfits matching the theme are encouraged.

Tickets are $35 each. They are available in advance or at the door. A table for 10 is $270. Tickets can be purchased by emailing contact@nkoj.org.

The 34th annual Navarre Beach Mardi Gras Parade will happen rain or shine along Gulf Boulevard on Navarre Beach. And it’s never been rained on in its entire history! This will be a must attend event for anyone, local or visitor. More than 35,000 people have attended this family friendly event in the past.

The parade starts promptly at 1 p.m., and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff Office will close the bridge around noon or earlier. The krewe has no control over when the bridge closure occurs, and traffic onto the bridge is expected to be heavy. The Krewe of Jesters recommends arriving on the island by 10 a.m.

Those interested in entering a float may apply online at nkoj.org. The parade starts at Indiana Street and Gulf Boulevard, and proceeds east on Gulf Boulevard, ending at the Navarre Beach Causeway.

Red snapper season returning to gulf beaches

Navarre Beach is a hot spot for fishing enthusiast, and for many, red snapper season is a real treat. Recreational red snapper season isn’t too far off with summer right around the corner, and a new season is set to be approved in February.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is recommending a continuous 45-day season that kicks off June 11 and runs through July 25. Seasons are created to help maintain a healthy population of these fish, so we can keep reeling them in for generations to come.

This promises to be a season extension over the last two years, welcome news for our anglers who look forward to casting from shore, from their boats and from the longest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico. According to FWC experts, the last couple years have stayed below quota, meaning more time for recreational fishing.

Plans are in place to keep the recreational bag limit of two fish per angler and a size limit of 16 inches.

FWC works with anglers of all backgrounds to find the season that works best for everyone, favoring the summers which are the most beautiful time to visit our shores.

So, if you haven’t already booked your vacation to Navarre Beach, what are you waiting for? Get a jump on the summer fishing season and plan that beach getaway at NavarreListings.com.

Three ways to keep your healthy resolution on vacation

For many of us, the New Year is a time for self-reflection and looking to the future. Some of us, myself included, will make or reaffirm a commitment to a healthier lifestyle this New Year, promising to treat our bodies as the temples they are.

However, vacations are notorious for upheaving the best laid health plans. But it doesn’t have to be this way! On beautiful Navarre Beach, we have plenty of ways to have fun and be healthy, too! Here are three tips:

1. Get active

With all the fun waiting on Navarre Beach, there’s no excuse for staying still too long. We have a wonderful multiuse path running the length of the island where you can go for a walk, run or bike.

And there are plenty of options for taking to the surf. Besides just swimming, visitors can take part in a variety of water sports.

Locally owned and operated business, Sage Paddle Co. offers rentals of bicycles, kayaks, surf boards and stand up paddle boards. I highly recommend trying your hand at paddle boarding in the tranquil waters of Santa Rosa Sound.

And beachfront yoga is sure to add a layer of relaxation to any active vacation.

2. Think portion control

Splurging at the dinner table is all too easy when on vacation, and it’s no secret that Navarre Beach’s cuisine is phenomenal. So how do you avoid blowing your diet while visiting the beach?

Portion control is your friend! Many of our restaurants offer lighter fare that still packs all the culinary punch. Order your gulf-fresh seafood grilled instead of fried. Try the sushi at The Slippery Mermaid for a light but flavorful option.

And take advantage of your condominiums kitchen facilities by bring some pre-portioned snacks and healthier treats with you on vacay. Opt to cook as a family or couple one night. This can be a fun bonding experience and serves as a break from fattier restaurant foods.

3. Selfcare is health care

It can be easy to get wrapped up in the latest health craze, measuring out every calorie and stringently planning our day around health rituals.

But that stress can actually undo all the good our better habits are providing. Numerous studies have found that stress and mental strain can have real impacts to our physical health from disrupting our sleep to increasing heart health risks and even exaggerating chronic pains.

Taking a moment to just breathe is essential. Take a stroll down the shoreline. Watch the sunset from atop the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. It will do wonders for your health. 

So, come vacation the healthier way, here on the sandy white shores of Navarre Beach, NavarreListings.com.

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

Snowbird fun coming to Navarre Beach this winter

We welcome visitors of all ages, especially during the winter months when our snowbirds return to the shore! For those unaware, snowbirds are the seniors who typically visit our emerald shores during the cooler months at the beginning of the year. Here are a few of the events awaiting our visitors in January:

Snowbird Welcome Reception at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center
Jan. 6 & 17, 9  – 11 a.m.
8543 Navarre Pkwy. in Navarre
Catch up on all things Navarre Beach and Santa Rosa County as the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center welcomes visiting snowbirds to the area. There will be light refreshments along with information on local businesses, event calendars, restaurants, attractions, coupons and other amenities needed during a stay in Santa Rosa County. For more information, call 850-981-8900.

 
Snowbird Activities Series at the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center
Jan. 13, 21, 22, 28, 30 & 31
8543 Navarre Pkwy. in Navarre
Join the Navarre Beach Visitor Information Center for a morning of fun, socialization and learning. Each session will be a different theme or activity. This program is designed for visiting snowbirds and local seniors. Space is limited to 40 attendees. First come, first serve. For more information, call 850-981-8900 or visit www.getrelaxing.com or www.facebook.com/RelaxInNavarre

  • Jan. 13, 9 – 10 a.m. – Sea Turtle Lecture
  • Jan. 21, 9 – 10 a.m. – Marine Sanctuary/Artificial Reefs Lecture
  • Jan. 22, 9 – 11 a.m. – Coffee and Crafts – Banners
  • Jan. 28, 9 – 10 a.m. – Natural Areas in Northwest Florida Lecture
  • Jan. 30, 9 – 10 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Limit 15 Attendees)
  • Jan. 31, 9 – 10 a.m. – History of the National Park Service & Gulf Islands National Seashore Lecture

Snowbird Sessions by the Sea at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station
Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2 – 3 p.m.
8638 Blue Heron Ct. on Navarre Beach
Learn about the marine life and ecosystems of Navarre Beach. Each session is a different topic with a presentation, discussion and hands on demonstrations. This program is for visiting snowbirds and local seniors. Only 20 spots available, $10 per person. Pre-registration is required. Each participant receives a session take-away. For more information and to register, call 850-261-2141 or visit www.navarresciencestation.org.

  • Jan. 9 – Lionfish Invasion
  • Jan. 16 – Coastal Ecology
  • Jan. 23 – Beachcombing 101
  • Jan. 30 – Birds and Barrier Islands

Murder Mystery Dinner at Broussard’s Bayou Grill
Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m.
8649 Gulf Blvd. on Navarre Beach
Broussard’s on Navarre Beach, this winter’s home for Navarre Beach Snowbirds, will host a 1920s murder mystery dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7 p.m. Come out and figure out who-dun-it while eating great food with old friends and new. Tickets are $45 and include dinner buffet, non-alcoholic drinks and the show. Tickets are on sale at Broussard’s on Navarre Beach. For more information and tickets, call 850-396-6098.
 
Navarre Beach Snowbird Business Expo & Social
Jan. 14, 2 – 4 p.m.
Days Inn Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Pkwy. in Navarre
This free event is open to all visiting snowbirds and local seniors. There will be $1,000 in door prizes awarded along with coupons and swag giveaways. For more information, call 850-776-8355 or visit www.navarrebeachsnowbirdsclub.com.
 
Winter Arts & Crafts Extravaganza
Jan. 25, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Days Inn Conference Center, 8700 Navarre Pkwy. in Navarre
Support local arts and craft businesses. Many local artists and crafts makers will be setup including painters, photographers, pottery, shell art and much more! For more information, call 850-776-8355 or visit www.navarrebeachsnowbirdsclub.com.

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