Florida's Most Relaxing Place
Snuggled midway between two of the Florida Panhandle’s most popular beaches lies a stretch of pristine sand that bills itself as “Florida’s Best Kept Secret.” Navarre Beach is, quite simply, like no other coastal outpost in Florida. Think of this place on slender Santa Rosa Island as your own private Florida beach — open to the public. That’s because regardless of the season, Navarre Beach does not get crowded. Imagine arriving and staking out an ample piece of real estate on sands that are a whiter then snow. Sure, some other folks may be by, but essentially you’ll have a lovely piece of paradise all for yourself and your family. Gaze out at the crystalline blue-green waters. Go for a swim, relax on a float, or simply frolic. If that doesn’t make you decompress, what will? For visitors that want to get up and do, check out the Navarre Beach Marine Park, with an educational marine science station, sea turtle conservatory, and near shore reefs. There are a variety of attractions along the beachfront, including the Gulf Breeze Zoo, with more than 50 acres featuring hundreds of animals from around the world.
The emerald green Gulf waters off the Santa Rosa County beachside communities of Navarre Beach and Gulf Breeze are teeming with fish species that provide great eating and plenty of fight. Opportunities for anglers range from offshore fishing charters in the Gulf of Mexico to casting from shore or the renowned 1,545-foot Navarre Beach Fishing Pier — the longest on the Gulf coast. Anglers also can fish via kayak along the inshore mangroves, grass flats and rivers.
Gulf Islands National Seashore is one of only ten National Seashores and offers eight miles of undeveloped Gulf-front on the west side of Navarre Beach, and a Visitors’ Center at Naval Live Oaks. Here four out of the world’s seven sea turtle species nest. The park is home to towering dunes, migratory birds, and miles of trails. Barrier islands overlooking the protected waters of Santa Rosa Sound create protected waters and critical wetland areas too.
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For lodging options, the area has abundant beachfront condos, vacation rental homes (most rentals offer their guests gear for family fun) and the new Springhill Suites by Marriott.
Looking for a beaches and woodlands vacation? Then head away from the shoreline to historic Milton, the Canoe Capital of Florida, and the Blackwater River State Park, with kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and ziplining. For a glamping, treehouse or tiny house cabana experience, check out Coldwater Gardens in Milton. Not only are the lodging options refreshing, but also the gardens and fresh fruits from this fully sustainable retreat are a cut above. Then there’s Coldwater Creek recreation: canoeing, kayaking and more.
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Paddle down a pristine, winding river, taking in the foliage and soothing sounds of nature — then pull over and relax on the river’s many mini-beaches — all with gleaming white sand. That’s a recreational scenario you don’t often hear about, but it’s what sets apart the Blackwater River State Park in Santa Rosa County.
Located between Pensacola and Destin, Florida's Most Relaxing Place – whose communities include Gulf Breeze, historic Milton and Navarre Beach -- is an easy drive from most anywhere in the Southeast. It features spectacular sunsets and inland waterway adventures to savor at an unrushed pace in an uncrowded atmosphere. Pensacola International Airport is just 30 miles away with air service provided by American, Delta, United, US Airways and Southwest; while Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport is 25 miles away and is serviced by Allegiant Airlines, American and Delta.