3 big reasons to unplug on vacation

When it comes time to unwind on vacation, checking work emails and scrolling social media feeds are not the first things that come to mind. But tragically, I’ve seen it. A family is finally getting a break to just be together on our beautiful beaches, and a parent or teen reaches for their phone. In that split second, they go from being in the moment to being distant.

It’s not easy leaving our tech behind. We’ve grown so accustomed to having answers, information, communication, distractions right at our fingertips. Smartphones have improved our lives in many ways, but ask yourself how your ties to technology, especially during “down time,” are impacting your life. Is it always positive?

I’m a firm believer that vacation time is synonymous with unplug time. Here’s a few reasons to unplug while on vacation:

1. Better sleep

When we go on vacation, sleep is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind, but part of fully enjoying the fun is being fully recharged. Scrolling your Facebook feed or squeezing in a few emails before bed seems harmless enough, but that screen time can actually be harmful. Havard Health explains, blue light, like the light associated with a cellphone or laptop screen, can throw your minds circadian rhythm out of whack. That rhythm is the essential part of sleep that helps heal the brain.

Life is go, go, go, go, and natural sleep helps us take on the day. Take care of your mind, especially on vacation, and it will take care of you.

2. Be present

In college, one of the scariest things for me to watch was how often some students would walk across parking lots or the street without looking up from their phones. While that’s an extreme example, it highlights a bigger point. You don’t know what you miss when you miss it.

Busily taking pictures of every moment of vacation on your cell and posting them to Instagram to show all your friends can be fun. But did you notice the smell of the gulf breeze? Did you take time to you’re your breathing to the rhythm of the waves? Were you looking at your phone when you crested the dunes on the walkover for the first time?

I’ve lived here since the day I was born, and to this day those little experiences still take my breath away. Take time to notice the little things. Instagram can wait.

3. Really connect

Modern tech can make us feel more connected to one another than ever before. It’s amazing to be able to speak face to face with family and friends across the globe.

But there is also a loss of connection when we get carried away. When we shut off the cellphones, we can really talk to one another. And that’s important. Kids will only be kids for so long. Take a few days to shut off the rest and just talk to them. You will be amazed at what you will learn about each other that would have got lost in translation in a text.

Or meet new people. Nothing says “don’t talk to me” like a raised phone screen. Go out to the local spots (Juana’s has been a staple of the beach for 40 years), leave the phone in your pocket and strike up conversations. You will be surprised who you might meet.

Book your unplugged getaway today at NavarreListings.com.

2020 Navarre Fishing Rodeo set for October 3-4

Calling all anglers to Navarre Beach! The 2020 Navarre Fishing Rodeo is set for Oct. 3-4.

Organized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, the event is entering its eighth year. The rodeo benefits Navarre’s Take a Kid Fishing event and the entities included in the Navarre Beach Marine Park.

The rodeo registration fee is $48 and registration can be done at NavarreFishingRodeo.com and at Half Hitch Tackle in Navarre. As an added bonus, registrants receive a “Captain’s Bag” filled with gifts from sponsors.

Navarre Beach offers some of the best fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for hardcore fishermen, young up- and-comers, enthusiastic amateurs and everyone in between!

Six divisions will highlight the rodeo, including the Open Division, Kayak Division, Junior Division, Offshore Slam, Inshore Slam, the Super Slam and the Invasive Lionfish Division, which requires no registration fee and a list of fish categories. Bragging rights, trophies and cash prizes are on the line. (Get it? On the LINE. Ha!)

Fishing can be done from almost anywhere except your local seafood market; fish from the pier, the beach, in the sound, in the bay, or from a boat or kayak. Weigh-ins will take place at Juana’s Pagodas each day. The boundaries are from the Pensacola Pass to the Destin Pass and all points north as long as you are still in Florida.

For more information on the rodeo, visit navarrefishingrodeo.com, fishnavarreweekend.com and takeakidfishingnavarre.com or email info@navarrechamberfoundation.org.

So pack up the fishing gear and book your beachfront condo today at NavarreListings.com!

In case you missed it: Navarre Beach GOAT

Navarre Beach is the GOAT of gulf beaches! That’s Greatest Of All Time, not the farm critter.

So, it only makes sense that the inaugural GOAT Offshore Kayak Fishing Tournament’s Pygmy event (like pygmy goat because it was smaller than the full event) was hosted on Navarre Beach.

More than 150 anglers from across the United States descended on Navarre Beach to participate in Pygmy, the offshore kayak fishing tournament. 

Participants were vying for their cut of $3,500 worth of cash and prizes as well as the coveted gold, WWE-style GOAT Championship Belt, won this year by Don Mcmillan along with the $2,000 cash prize for first place.

Kayak fishing is a bit of a tradition in Navarre. With our intercoastal network of rivers, marshes, Santa Rosa Sound and of course the Gulf of Mexico, there are no shortage of places to launch out and cast a line. 

The event is set to be even bigger next year, and Navarre Beach looks forward to welcoming kayak anglers for a week of fun, fishing and competition. Come be part of next year’s GOAT!

When it comes time to book, check out our high-end, beach front options at NavarreListings.com.

Five tips for July 4 fireworks

Navarre Beach will be open and welcoming visitors with safe social distancing for Independence Day. We will have a fantastic fireworks display and uncrowded shorelines for the July 4 weekend. This year’s display will be shot from the end of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, gulf side, at 9 p.m., and will be visible from most of the southern side of the island.

To get the most out of your day, here are a few quick tips.

1. Arrive early, spread out

This is one of the busiest weekends for our beautiful beach, and it’s for good reason. Don’t leave the condo at 8 p.m. and expect to get a parking spot at the pier. Plan ahead to navigate the traffic. Or better yet, just plan to walk down from your condo.

And once on the shoreline, spread out. Look around before setting up at the first open spot at the end of the boardwalk. Just a little way to the left or right is likely to be plenty of space to spread out.

2. Stay hydrated

Florida is famous as the sunshine state, but sunshine means heat. No one wants to have to climb back over the dunes to make a run to the store. Be prepared. Bring lots of water. 

3. Keep the kiddos occupied

While visiting the beach, keep the kids entertained while waiting for the fun. A few sand toys can provide hours of entertainment. 

4. Plan ahead

With current events, situations are constantly changing. Our beaches will be open, but some stores may have modified hours and services. Have a plan for your day to remove any headache. Look to see which beachfront restaurants are open for service (we recommend Windjammers on the Pier), or pack a fun picnic for the family to each in the sunshine.

5. Relax

You’re set up on the shore. You have your supplies and your plan. Now, kick back and relax. It’s a vacation after all! Take it slow, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Book your uncrowded, unspoiled beach escape today at NavarreListings.com.