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 NavarreListings.com. 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 www.beachestowoodlands.com, then book your stay at NavarreListings.com.

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 juanaspagodas.com/regattanews.htm.

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

Save money with meal-planning trip tips

We all know vacations can empty the bank account. Budgeting for a cost-effective vacation for the whole family can be challenging, but rest assured there is a way to cut down your vacation costs drastically – MEAL PLANNING!

Let’s face it… we throw a lot of money out the window when we’re hungry, especially when we’re out of town and don’t know where the cheapest tasty burger is. It’s a game of Google and hope for the best!

If you come up with a simple meal plan for your vacation, you can save loads of cash. This will leave you with more money for memory making!

Here’s a quick guide to meal planning for your sunny vacation on the Gulf coast.

  1. Count your meals ahead of time. First and foremost, you must know how many meals you’re planning for. Simply count how many meals you will need during your stay and for how many people. If you have a family of four going to the beach for seven days, that’s about 21 meals total for the week that will each feed four people. It is also important to have snacks just in case you get hungry in between meals, about one or two a day. That’s about 10-14 snacks each for four people. That may seem like a lot, but you’ll likely end up hitting the local eateries throughout the week so plan accordingly.
  2. Make a menu. Write it out or type it out on your phone! It will come in handy and make for a more relaxing trip. Leave empty spaces for the restaurant splurge trips you will take. Also, plan on transforming your dinner leftovers into the next day’s beachside lunches. Here’s some examples for basic meals to give you an idea of how the dinner ingredients work hand in hand as lunchtime leftovers.
  3. Dinners: Most of the planning will go into dinners. Base your meal around the main dish, which is normally the meat (unless you are vegetarian, then there are additional options). Based on how many meals you and your family would like to eat out, to save money plan to eat in for at least half of your nights. Try grilled chicken kabobs (easy way to cook meat and vegetables at the same time), spaghetti and meatballs, hamburgers and hot dogs or even BBQ chicken wings one night. For easy side dishes, think mac and cheese, rice or canned vegetables.
  4. Lunches: This is where you can really save money! Take leftovers from dinner you ate the night before and put a little twist on it. For example, if you made chicken kabobs the night before, throw it in a pita wrap and pair it with some pretzel chips with hummus and there you go, a delicious beach picnic! Other ideas include leftover mac and cheese in a cup or shred the chicken from the BBQ chicken wings and make a pulled BBQ chicken sandwich.
  5. Breakfasts: Think simple cereals, granola bars, fruit, pancakes, eggs, French toast and maybe even bacon or sausage for a special morning.
  6. Go to the grocery store. Twice actually. Once before you go to get packing essentials, such as coolers, totes and reusable water bottles. You also need to get some snacks for the road! Then, you’ll want to go shopping the first day of your vacation to buy your food for the week. Remind yourself when you are at the store to cost-effective shop. Every penny counts when it comes to saving! Brand names are often just a price mark-up for the name on the packaging.

Save your money for the things that really matter- making memories with the ones you love.

Book your next cost-friendly vacation with delicious cuisine at NavarreListings.com today!

Ready to run on Navarre Beach?

The opportunity is coming up in October with 12th annual Run for the Reef.

Scheduled for Oct. 10, the event features both a 5K and 10K course as well as a one-mile Kids Fun Run.

The 5K course is a beautiful out and back run along Gulf Boulevard, with the run starting near the boat ramp parking lot. Walking is an option for the course as well.

The 10K course is similar to the 5K while the fun run for children 12 and under will kick off from the sea turtle center on the beach right after the 5K is finished.

Head  on over after your run to Windjammers on the Pier for an after race party that includes free food and refreshments. The awards ceremony will also take place then, with recognition going to the top runner in each division (Overall, Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters Male/Female). Second and third-place prizes will be given out in each age group while first-place awards will be given to those that walk the course in each division. All runners in the kids run will receive an award.

This run provides a great opportunity to enjoy a fall morning along the Gulf Coast and the event

Benefits the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary Snorkeling and Diving Reefs.

Registration information can be done online at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/Navarre/RunfortheReef10K5KOneMileFunRun. The 5K run or walk costs $20 if you register by Aug. 30 while the 5K run costs $25. Race day registration will take place from 6 a.m. until 7 a.m. The fun run is $15 and registration for that ends Oct. 8.

For more information, check out https://navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.org/run-for-the-reef-5/. So pack up your running shoes and book your beachfront condo today at NavarreListings.com.

Last-minute getaways a breeze on Navarre Beach

For many places, school has been pushed back a few weeks meaning there is one last chance to eke out some summer fun!

If you and your family are looking for a last-minute weekend getaway, look no further than Navarre Beach. Check out NavarreListings.com to see which one of our fabulous beachfront condos is a good fit for your family, pack up the car and head our way!

In addition to beautiful beaches (with plenty of social distancing), there are countless other ways to get some safe fun ahead of the start of school. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Gulf Breeze Zoo- Located just a few miles up the road, this sprawling outdoor facility offers a chance to feed giraffes and alligators while seeing hundreds of exotic species.
  • Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center- They are fully open and taking extra precautions to protect visitors. Get up close with our resident sea turtle Sweet Pea and many of the critters that call the Gulf of Mexico home. Masks are required.
  • Yoga at the pier- Free yoga is offered every Saturday at 4 p.m. along the beach at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier. Grab some dinner afterward at the pier restaurant, Windjammers.
  • Navarre Park- This waterfront park offers walking areas, water access and a splash pad for the little ones. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a little leisure time.   
  • Rent paddle boards or bicycles- Enjoy the beach with a little exercise. Sage Paddle Co. and Juana’s Pagodas and Sailors Grill both offer rentals for beachfront fun.

Regardless of how you get out there, make some memories with the family before the summer is gone. Book your last-minute weekend escape at NavarreListings.com!

Why do we slow down on the bridge?

Odds are if you’ve come over the Navarre Beach Causeway in the last few months for some fun in the gulf coast sun, you’ve noticed traffic slows down right at the entrance to the beach.

So, why is everybody moving like molasses? It’s for the birds!

This time of year, our nesting shorebirds are in town, and the sandy sides of our beach bridge are the perfect place for them to nest, flat and open, right near the shoreline. Two species nest in this area each summer.

Black skimmers are the bigger of our nesting birds and are listed as threatened by state law. These awkward looking fellows appear to be wearing suits, and they have an unusually shaped beak that resembles a blunt pair of scissors. This design is perfect for skimming the surface of the water with their bottom jaw, then snapping shut on tasty fish. Their long-legged, spotted offspring can be seen by onlookers that give the nesting colony a little space. They’re very cute.

Accompanying the skimmers are our least terns, a much smaller shore dweller that is listed as threatened by state law. These tiny birds sound a bit like flying dog toys as they squeak to one another. Mostly white in color, they and their chicks are excellent at hiding along the ground of the nesting area. Keen eyes with a good camera zoom or binoculars can spot their speckled chicks in the nesting area.

While protective fencing typically keeps the chicks out of harms way, slowing down on the bridge prevents collisions with the adults that fly low around the bridge. It also offers a chance for passengers in the car to see the nesting area up close.

Slowing down on the bridge for the short nesting span impacts drive time by a few seconds. So, take a moment to slow down and get a peak of our cute chicks before they migrate back down to South America, then enjoy the rest of your vacay on our beautiful shores! Book your stay today at NavarreListings.com.

Tips for tourists: What to pack

You’ve come to the conclusion you need a vacation. Actually, you and your family DESERVE a vacation. You’ve been laboring away to afford this much needed relaxation, and finally the day is approaching. You’ve already booked your vacation rental at navarrelistings.com, and the logistics are set in stone. Now, all you have to do is pack.

Often, planning a vacation and getting ready to relax can be quite the opposite. It can be stressful to make sure you are prepared and have everything you need for your secret getaway. You don’t want to forget anything essential, but you also don’t want to be lugging 14 suitcases, two surfboards, a body pillow and your dog Suzie cross-country to the Sunshine State.

Let’s break down the necessities so that you can simplify your suitcase and enjoy your stay at Florida’s most relaxing place.

Pack your essentials. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clothes. Light shirts and shorts and don’t forget a swimsuit or two and some flip flops for the beach days! Maybe bring some dressy options for the nights out and if you like outdoor activity bring some sneakers too.
  • Sunscreen and hat. Florida heat is no joke. It doesn’t get the nickname “The Sunshine State” for nothing. Heat indexes commonly reach over 100 degrees, and the UV rays can leave you looking like a lobster in no time if you are not careful. You might also want to bring some Aloe Vera just in case.
  • Toiletries. Some rentals already have shampoo and conditioner, but not all of them. So, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure to bring your toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, brush, hair product (to help with the crazy Florida humidity), perfume/cologne and anything else you might need to feel clean and keep that vacation glow up!
  • Medicine. Other than your daily medicine and vitamins, make sure to bring some ibuprofen or pain reliever just in case you get a headache or hurt yourself during your exciting adventures on the Panhandle.
  • Face mask and hand sanitizer. Unfortunately, we can’t take a vacation from the pandemic altogether. (Wouldn’t that be nice?) Some stores such as Walmart and Target require face masks for shoppers. Most stores in the Navarre area might recommend face masks, but don’t require them. It is best to have one just in case.
  • Beach essentials. A lot of things that you need for the beach can be bought locally for reasonable prices, so just leave room in your suitcase for the ride home! We’re talking beach totes, towels, coolers, beach chairs, reusable water bottles, beach toys, swim goggles, floats, waterproof bags for cellphones, sunglasses and insect repellent (for the evening).
  • Technology. Some people choose to unplug on their vacations and others choose to embrace the technology to capture the memories. Don’t forget your cellphone charger, selfie stick, camera, camera battery charger, extra power packs, laptop/tablet and portable speakers.
  • Entertainment. Don’t forget the FUN! Anything from frisbees, volleyballs, books, newspapers and magazines to board games, card games, notepads and colored pencils. Check with your condo to see what sports facilities may be offered and if you need to bring your own equipment.

These are some helpful recommendations, but at the end of the day, don’t stress about the STUFF. Know your motive for why you’re even taking this trip in the first place. Surely, there will be a store within 5-10 minutes of your condo, so don’t worry about forgetting something. Things are replaceable, people and memories are not.

To book your next vacation on the sunny northwest coast of Florida, visit www.navarrelistings.com today!

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!