Navarre Beach area is located directly on the sugar-white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, at the southern tip of Santa Rosa County. A proud, diverse, family-friendly community, we boast beautifully conserved beaches, fabulous fishing on the Gulf’s longest pier and a free rentable beach wheelchair. The new sea turtle flashlight filter program is proving to be a big hit - especially with the sea turtles! Even better? The beautiful Gulf of Mexico serves as the backdrop for all that the Navarre Beach area has to offer! Famous Florida sunshine, dolphins and herons playing in the emerald-green waters and ending your day with an amazing sunset.
- Southern Living ranked Navarre Beach as one of the South’s Best Tiny Towns to Visit
- FamilyVacationCritic.com ranks Navarre Beach #2 of “10 Best Family Beaches,” and included it in their ranking of the “10 Secret Florida Vacation Spots You Never Knew About.”
- TripAdvisor includes Navarre Beach in its “25 Best Beaches in the US” list at #12
- MSN calls Navarre Beach a “Spring Break Destination to Escape the Crowds”.
- USA Today cited Navarre Beach among “The Best Uncrowded Snorkeling Beaches in Florida.”
- Travel+Leisure Magazine rated Navarre Beach #6 out of 365 beaches worldwide.
- Travel Lemming voted Santa Rosa County as a top emerging destination Smarter Travel's recognized Navarre Beach as 8th in “Florida’s Best Hidden Beaches”.
Parking and Pavilions
Visitors to Navarre Beach will find plenty of public amenities for their enjoyment. Navarre Beach Marine Park, the 116-acre Navarre Beach Park, is host to multiple pavilions, ample parking, restrooms, and plenty of room for special-event pavilion rentals. Seasonal lifeguard coverage grants families a quiet, safe place to relax and spend the day.
Navarre Beach Park Public Amenities
- 18 pavilions
- 5 public restroom facilities
- 1 or more barbecue grills at each pavilion
- 2 or more picnic tables at each pavilion
- 516 parking spaces
- 16 RV/boat spaces (no overnight parking)
For those wishing to experience even more of the beach and Gulf of Mexico, residents and tourists alike frequently enjoy a beautiful 8-mile scenic drive connecting Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach. The road passes through a portion of the Gulf Islands National Seashore and many believe this road is one of the most beautiful stretches of federally protected, undeveloped beaches anywhere.
To rent a pavilion on Navarre Beach, visit
http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/reserve or call 850-981-8900.
For Navarre Beach surf conditions, visit http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/navarrebeach
Navarre Beach Marine Park
The Navarre Beach Marine Park is operated by Santa Rosa County in a partnership with Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary, the near-shore artificial reef footprint in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Sanctuary recently tripled in size thanks to local volunteers from the Navarre Chamber of Commerce Foundation who have succeeded in placing an expansion initiative into a regional reefing project. The Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and artificial reefs, 340 ft offshore, expanded from 30 structures to 78 structures, significantly increasing the marine habitat. An additional reef site one mile offshore has also been deployed catering to the exciting sport of kayak fishing.
There are also two reefs located on the south side of the Marine Park in the Santa Rosa Sound. The calmer waters of the Intracoastal Waterway allow younger snorkelers an opportunity to swim among the varied species that reside in the brackish water, with the assurance that they are the largest species in the water.
The Adopt-A-Reef program and the annual Run for the Reef provide funds to maintain and repair the reefs, make additional park improvements, and develop and promote the marine habitat on Navarre Beach. For more information about the Sanctuary visit www.navarrebeachmarinesanctuary.org.
The marine sanctuary is an effort to shine the spotlight on the natural beauty of the area, rather than construct more buildings and attractions. Navarre Beach has always been a place of peace, relaxation and recreation rather than amusement parks and commercial developments - and local officials recognize that as something to which both visitors and local residents alike are attracted.
The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center's (NBSTCC) mission is "Giving Sea turtles more tomorrows through conservation, education, and research." As a mission-driven organization this means we work to create conservation initiatives that provide meaningful public engagement with tangible outcomes; provide accessible and fun public education; and participate in partnered research seeking long-term solutions that benefit sea turtle survival and our shared coastal and marine ecosystems.
The NBSTCC is honored to provide a safe haven for Sweet Pea, a 10-year-old green sea turtle. Sweet Pea is an ambassador for all sea turtles. Our visitors learn about her story of survival and the threats that sea turtles face.
The Shana Litterst Education Center has been designed with a family focus, so visitors of all ages can learn in a fun, hands-on environment. Our goal is to empower individuals through education to make changes and act locally. These changes can have a global impact that will help protect sea turtles and the coastal and marine ecosystems they need to survive. https://navarrebeachseaturtles.org/index.html
The Navarre Beach Marine Science Station is also located in the park. Its mission is to promote the appreciation, conservation and understanding of the marine ecosystem of coastal Florida through education and service. The center is the focal point of marine, natural resource, and watershed education for Northwest Florida K-12 students as well as visitors and the community.
Weekend programs, spring break and summer camps are appealing to out-of-town guests. For more information about the Science Station visit https://www.navarrebeachmarinesciencestation.com/