Navarre Beach Area Guide: Attractions & Restaurants

The Navarre Beach area has many activities and things to do for your family to enjoy. Indulge in water sports, hiking, canoeing, shopping, aviation history, golf, fishing or just stroll on our white sand beaches overlooking the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

The Navarre Beach, Florida area also offers family-friendly attractions such as; Blue Angel's practice and autograph sessions, Naval and Air Force Museums, Blackwater River State Park for zip-lining and canoeing, feeding the giraffes at The Gulf Breeze Zoo, experience stingrays hands-on at the Gulfarium or a day of fishing off of the longest pier in Florida- The Navarre Beach Pier.

The Navarre area offers a wide variety of restaurants that suit any taste or budget. While in Navarre, enjoy great tasting cuisine such as; New York style pizza at Helen Back Again, a taste of Italy at Rocco's on Navarre Beach or California-style Mexican located at Cactus Flower Cafe.

Attractions

The Navarre Beach area has many attractions just a short drive from the beach including; touring the naval aviation history at our National Museum of Naval Aviation, feeding the giraffes and taking a train ride at The Gulf Breeze Zoo, catching a dolphin show at the Gulfarium, or riding the water slides at Big Kahunas.

Canoeing, Kayaking & Ziplining

Looking for a day off from the beach? Try heading to the Blackwater River State Forest (40 minutes from Navarre Beach) for a relaxing day of canoeing, kayaking or hiking along Coldwater Creek. The Blackwater River State Forest is known as The Canoe Capital of the World and is the largest state forest in Florida. It features an array of inland rivers that are perfect for a calm, kid-friendly day of canoeing, kayaking, or tubing. The same glistening white sand found on Navarre Beach can also be seen along the banks of the Blackwater and Coldwater Creek as you glide your way down them. This activity makes an excellent day trip. If you want even more adventure and want to add activities like ziplining to your vacation schedule, check out our recommendations below!

Events

There is so much to do and see on your next trip to Navarre. Why not plan your trip around one of our many year-round Navarre FL events? From the thrilling Blue Angels to local music we`ve got the information you need for area events and happenings worth checking out when you are visiting.

Each season has up to date event listings, be sure to check if we are offering any specials at that time and don`t hesitate to contact our office for additional information about anything related to your trip. We look forward to helping you plan your vacation.

Fishing

Navarre Beach, FL is the perfect place to spend the day with a rod and reel in hand. With the warm sunshine, clear blue skies, and emerald waters awaiting, you are sure to have a great day on the water. Come and catch some of the Gulf Coast`s most exciting species including Mahi Mahi, Amberjack, Red Snapper, King Mackerel, Wahoo, Cobia and more. Try deep sea fishing or fish in the Santa Rosa Sound or Pensacola Bay. If being on the water is not your thing, Navarre Beach has one of Florida`s largest fishing piers. Also, please contact our office for a list of vacation rentals that may be available to accommodate your boat and trailer or come equipped with a dock, pier, or both. Come fish for Red Fish in the winter and enjoy cooler weather and lower rates! Also ask our reservation specialists for recommendations on local fishing captains and charters.

Navarre Beach Golf

While the lure of Navarre Beach`s emerald waters draw many to the beach, the lush emerald-colored greens of the area`s golf courses attract golfers from all over the world. The Navarre Beach area is home to approximately a half dozen 18-hole golf courses and each course brings the natural beauty of the area to life with its rolling landscapes. Bring your friends, family, and clubs to enjoy many of the beautiful Navarre Beach, Florida golf courses!

Restaurants

We know when you are on vacation, you want to enjoy a good meal prepared by someone other than yourself, so treat your friends and family to some of our fantastic Gulf Coast restaurants. The area has a wide variety of restaurants to suit any taste or budget. From laid-back family dining to local favorites, the Navarre Beach area will have the perfect spot for family time or a romantic getaway.

Sailing/Paddle Boarding/Jet Ski

Navarre Beach, FL offers water sports on both the Gulf and Santa Rosa Sound. Rent a sailboat for a relaxing day, get in shape while paddle boarding or enjoy a Jet Ski or Waverunner with the whole family. Check out our recommended rental companies below.

Shopping

Whether you`re with your family, a special someone or flying solo, the areas around Navarre Beach is a great place to shop. Wander down to the Navarre Seafood Market and Island Style shopping area for fresh seafood and beach attire, as well as over a dozen locally owned boutiques and shops, or head to one of the 3 close major shopping areas close by. Which are conveniently located just a short car ride away are the Cordova Mall, Santa Rosa Mall, Destin Commons and Silver Sands Factory Outlet Stores, the nation`s largest designer outlet center. If you want to explore the Navarre Beach area, check out these shopping venues during your Gulf Coast vacation.