Book your stay for the 7th annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo

Despite the many obstacles that might have impeded the 7th annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, the fishing extravaganza is still a go this weekend.

Navarre Fishing Rodeo is a fishing competition where anglers can fish from anywhere “except the frozen section of the supermarket,” according to the event organizer Sandpaper Marketing. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat, a kayak or the pier. The boundaries are the Destin Pass to the Pensacola Pass.

The tournament starts at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, and ends at 4 p.m. the next day. Weigh-in is at Juana’s Pagodas and prizes will be awarded in all divisions. There is even a junior division for anglers who are 12 and under. Young anglers can compete in that division for free with a registered adult angler.

Expect fun and, hopefully, sunny cool temperatures with calm surf.

If you’re not a fisherman, you can always watch the weigh-ins.

Mike Sandler, chair of the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation, said the kid’s division is one of the most significant pieces of the rodeo.

“The young anglers get to come in, sometimes with the very first fish that they caught, and put it up on the scale, so that’s really a lot of fun to watch,” he said.

Last year, more than 527 pounds of fish were caught and over 2,000 people attended the event.

Packet pickup will be at Windjammers on the Pier Friday evening, where anglers can pick up their captain’s bags and complimentary long sleeve Mojo shirts. The Captain’s meeting will be virtual this year.

It’s not too late to be a part of this fun fishing weekend. Visit today to register!

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Navarre Beach Area Chamber Foundation.

This weekend is also Fish Navarre Weekend, which means that pier admission will be free Oct. 3 and 4 and all annual fishing and walking passes will be 10% off. Pier admission is normally $7 for adult fishermen and $1 for walkers. Annual adult fishing passes are normally $150 and annual walking passes are $60.

Book a vacation rental for this weekend today before it’s too late at

Feeling like fall on Navarre Beach

I don’t know if you guys have noticed recently, but the weather on the Gulf Coast has been ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! Ever since Hurricane Sally made her way through our area, the phrase “the calm after the storm” has become our reality. Sunny skies, crystal clear water and even a cool, brisk breeze in the mornings to really make it feel like fall.

We are blessed to live and vacation here. Gazing upon the horizon as the sun slowly enters or exits the sky truly makes Navarre Beach feel like paradise.

Just this week many locals and tourists alike could be found walking up and down Navarre Beach shelling, going for their morning run with their toes grazing the sand and even gazing upon marine life such as dolphins and sting rays!

With temperatures finally cooling down, Navarre Beach has become even more enjoyable. It’s cool in the morning when you wake up and watch the sunrise and begin to feel the warmth of rays on your skin. Then the air gradually heats up as the sun ascends in the sky and makes for a perfect beach day, people splashing in the sea foam green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The sun completes its cycle in the sky as it dissolves into the horizon once again, bringing cool sweater weather that we all long for after a hot summer.

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to vacation to this heavenly paradise. Book your stay today at

Navarre Beach vacations offer learn, work and play options

With so many of us working and learning from home, now is a perfect time to make a getaway, without any of the stress of missed obligations!
Navarre Beach is waiting, and our beach house and condo rentals offer the perfect place to take a working vacation that’s still relaxing. Set the laptop up while lounging on the porch of your Navarre Beach rental. Then take your lunch break while sunbathing by the Gulf of Mexico.
Our high-speed internet access means easy connection for you and the kids while away from home. Pak N Fax, a local business, offers all the services you will need to keep work rolling, including a UPS store.
You will have everything you need to remain efficient. Then take a break to enjoy one of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
Plus, remote learning and homeschool options mean our kiddos classrooms can be anywhere, anytime and teach any lesson we can imagine! There’s no shortage of learning opportunities for the kids on Navarre Beach!
At the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, students can get hands on lessons about marine animals, conservation and science. Meet Sweet Pea, our resident green sea turtle. Check out Shark School. And explore new technology used by real scientists.
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge also offers lots of learning opportunities. This working wildlife rescue offers nature trails featuring facts about native species along with lessons in ecosystems.
Take the classroom around the world with lessons about exotic animals at Gulf Breeze Zoo. The safari train ride is an excellent chance to learn about a variety of creatures and conservation efforts.
See what’s new at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, which offers a variety of learning events and even camps with trained scientists. Or check out history at the forts and facilities of Gulf Islands National Seashore.
And our pet friendly rentals mean that everyone can enjoy the Navarre Beach vacation. It’s truly like picking up home and bringing it to the beach.
We are currently offering a promotion to make education vacations affordable for everyone. Use promo code EDUCATION when booking at So, bring the whole family for a beach vacation of learning and fun on beautiful Navarre Beach.

Beaches to Woodlands brings fall festivities to Navarre!

October is the best month to visit Navarre Beach, and I’ll tell you why.

First off, there are less people soaking up the sun on the white-sanded beaches. Most people are back to work and school and getting back into their routine.

Second, the weather is absolutely phenomenal! The humidity is slightly subsiding. The temperatures aren’t as blazing as they were in July, but you can still lay out and work on your suntan.

Last but not least, there are a plethora of events to attend thanks to our 17th annual Beach to Woodlands Tour, our way of kickstarting the fall here in Santa Rosa County.

The tour will begin Sept. 11 and run until Nov.31.

From various pumpkin patches and corn mazes to trick or treat events, the 2020 Beaches to Woodlands tour will be full of memories for the whole family.

Here is a list of all the exciting events taking place in Navarre.

30th Annual Juana Good Time Regatta, Sept. 11-13

The Juana Good Time Regatta is designed for both experienced and novice sailboat racers and is open to all sizes of multihull sailboats, from beach cats and trimarans to cruisers.

7th Annual Navarre Fishing Rodeo, Oct. 3-4

This thrilling fishing tournament starts the minute after midnight on Friday night. Participants can fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier. Weigh-in is on the beach at Juana’s and prizes will be awarded in all divisions. 

Trick or Teeth, Oct. 3, 17, 24

For the month of October, join the Spooky Shark School of Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) to learn about sharks of the deep blue sea like Goblin Shark and a shark that glows in the dark. Registration includes a 25-minute shark presentation and early admission to the conservation center. Participants also enjoy a shark tooth treasure hunt, a certificate of completion and a spooky fun goodie bag to go home with!

12th Annual Run for the Reef 10K & 5K and Kid’s One Mile Fun Run, Oct. 10

This coastal race starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Navarre Beach boat launch parking lot and features an out-and-back course along scenic Gulf Blvd. The event is a fundraiser to help “Make Navarre Snorkelicious,” a benefit for the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and artificial reefs. Race Day Registration and awards will take place at Windjammers on the Pier.

Sea Turtle Extravaganza, Oct. 10

Happening the same day at the NBSTCC from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants will learn about sea turtles through games, crafts, jellyfish hat photos, costume characters and more!  The kites will be flying high and all outside activities are free.

Boo at the Zoo – Trick or Treat Trail, Oct. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 and 31

Come trick-or-treat with all your favorite animals at the Gulf Breeze Zoo! Boo at the Zoo offers 7 days of scare-free, daytime fun for children and their families. The safe Halloween entertainment includes a trick-or-treat trail with toys, treats, treasures, bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, critter touch zone and the entire zoo.

Science Spooktacular By the Sea presented by the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station, Oct. 24

From creeps of the deep, an endangered species cemetery, to science that glows in the dark, amazing sea creatures await you. Join us the Marine Science Station for their annual fundraiser Science Spooktacular. Explore science stations led by outstanding Santa Rosa County teachers. The family friendly event features glow in the dark science demonstrations, spine chilling dissections, haunted beach walk, hands-on activities, and crafts for children.

Hatching Halloween, Oct. 31

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center welcomes the public to join them for an afternoon of exciting education. The event includes tortoise talks, a kids costume contest, trick-or-treating and an arts and crafts station.

Throughout the fall also check out the farm-to-table vendors, live music and arts and crafts at the High 87 Outdoor Market at Pik-itz on Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17, Nov. 7. Or explore the woodfired arts with tours at Holley Hill Potter and Art Studio, including the historic kilns of Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society. Kiln Walk has the largest historical 32-foot wood fueled “Anagama” cave style kiln and the only reconstructed wood-fueled Southern Altered Groundhog kiln from the 1940s in Florida.

Check out the event list at, then book your stay at

Juana’s Good Time Regatta returns to the beach

It’s almost time to set sail. After months of canceled events and traditions, Navarre Beach is excited to welcome a fun and safe event to our shores! The Juana’s Good Time Regatta will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sept. 11-13, filling Santa Rosa Sound with colorful sails for a weekend of competition and sailing.

Schedule of events will be:

Sept. 11

6 to 8 p.m. “We Juana Windy Weekend Party” check-in

5 to 9 p.m. live music by Stevie Hall

Sept. 12

10 a.m. Skippers meeting at Sailors’ Grill

11:30 a.m. Distance Sailboat Races

5 to 9 p.m. live music by Matt Hoggat

Sept. 13

10 a.m. Skippers meeting at Sailors’ Grill

11:30 a.m. Triangle Racing

3 p.m. trophy presentations with live music by Stevie Hall

Unfortunately, this year there will be no Hobie Wave Timed Beach Races, but all sizes and skill levels are welcome to join the fun.

Adjustments have been made to the event due to pandemic in an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone. Masks and social distancing will be recommended while not racing.

Events will occur at Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors’ Grill facilities located at 1451 Navarre Beach Causeway on Navarre Beach. Registration must be done online by no later than midnight Sept. 10 at

Come join the fun, even if you watch from the shore at