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5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida

With Memorial Day kicking off the official start to summer, many families are looking for where to plan their next great vacation. Recently I had a chance to visit the beautiful and little known Navarre Beach Florida, located in between Destin and Pensacola. Dubbed Florida’s “Best Kept Secret,” Navarre offers all of the features of a great Florida vacation, without some of the headaches you will run into with larger, more populated cities. Navarre Beach was rated among the Top 25 Beaches in America in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards, yet continues to keep it’s hometown family atmosphere.  Here are 5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida.

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida1. Gorgeous, affordable lodging.

Navarre and Navarre Beach offer beautiful lodging options for your family. ResortQuest offers condos, townhouses, and vacation homes with up to six bedrooms to accommodate your family vacation needs in a variety of price ranges. ResortQuest makes it easy for you to find the space you are looking for, and book online securely. You can also join the Wyndham Vacation Rentals' Key to the Beach program which offers exclusive deals and discounts on area attractions.

2. Excellent food choices!

When planning your family vacation, you want to make sure everyone is happy when it comes to mealtime. Many of the lodging options offer a full kitchen, and with both a Publix and Winn Dixie right in the heart of the city, you can easily stock up on everything your family needs. Navarre and Navarre Beach offer delicious restaurants such as Juana’s Pagodas and Sailor’s Grill, East River Smokehouse, and Lagerhead’s on the Gulf. Navarre even has it’s very own craft brewery offering locally brewed, hand-crafted beers. Check out these must try restaurants in and around Navarre: Wyndham Vacation Rentals' Key to the Beach program

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida

3. The Panhandle Butterfly House.

This unique attraction makes the list all on it’s own. The Panhandle Butterfly House is a must-see for all ages. Celebrating their 20th year, The Panhandle Butterfly House is 100% volunteer run and houses dozens of beautiful butterflies that fly around you as you walk through their lush garden of Florida-friendly plants. You can even see tiny little caterpillars and chrysalis as you learn more about how important butterflies are to our environment.

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida4. One location – unlimited adventures!

One of the neatest things about Northwest Florida is that it offers unlimited opportunities for adventure. Right on the beach you can visit the Navarre Beach Pier – an impressive 1,545 foot long pier into the Gulf of Mexico, collect seashells along the National Seashore, or even go kayaking or jetskiing behind Juana’s Pagodas. Not in the mood for the beach? No problem – just a quick drive north offers adventures like tubing, canoeing, and even ziplining at Adventures Unlimited! There are even river trips, Stargazing, and Orienteering! How cool is that?

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre Florida5. No need for a schedule.

Maybe the best part about Navarre and Navarre Beach is that while there are tons of things you can do, you do not need to have a schedule at all. You can spend all day simply Relaxing next to the pool, Gulf of Mexico, or Pensacola Bay. This laid back beach town is perfect for a romantic getaway for two or a huge family reunion.

5 Reasons to Vacation in Navarre FloridaThese are only five reasons to book your next vacation in this beautiful town. Check out Visit Florida to learn more about this beautiful town and see our top picks for the 5 Best Restaurants in Navarre Florida.

Lynsey from Moscato Mom was hosted on this trip to Navarre Beach, Florida. All opinions are her own.

Please check out some of her other travel posts: Kindness Rocks in Pensacola | The Emerald Grande in Destin Florida | 5 Things You Should Know Before Visiting Hawaii | The Wharf Uncooked Food & Wine Festival

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  1. robin rue

    This sounds like an amazing place for a getaway! I would LOVE to plan a trip there.

  2. Navarre sounds like a great place to visit with the family. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it before.

  3. Jason Connerty

    I smell a road trip! What a neat slice of Florida.

  4. It is so rare to find an undiscovered less popular but great place to vacation away from the crowds. This place looks to be a real find that I would love to visit.

  5. This destination has been on our bucket list for the longest time! It seems the perfect place for a family vacation. Soo much to do and great places to eat.

  6. Rosie

    It sounds really nice, and even though I’ve been to Florida, I never heard of Navarre before this post. I want to check it out! Who needs the worn well-beaten path, long lines and traffic.

  7. Pam Wattenbarger

    Navarre Beach is really cool! We love vacationing in Florida and we have been to Navarre several times.

  8. I’m longing to relax on a beach and just do absolutely nothing. Navarre, Florida looks like a fantastic place to vacation with different activities for everybody!

  9. I have been to Florida many many times and I have never heard of this place. I am definitely going to added to my list of places to visit when I go back to Florida in another year. It looks beautiful.

  10. I have never heard of Navarre, but it looks so nice! I love to go to Florida, but I don’t like going to the crowded areas. This looks like a great place to vacation.

  11. Love the Butterfly garden! That would totally be worth the trip. 

  12. How can you say no to sun, sand, and good food! It would be awesome to vacation here, alone and without the kids if possible so you can relax! I think it’s a great place!

  13. What an awesome-looking destination!
    It sure looks like you had a lot of fun.
    Your pictures are terrific.

  14. You don’t have to give me ANY reasons to visit there! We love that spot and everything you listed is perfect.

  15. Annemarie LeBlanc

    The next time we go down to Florida, it will be the beaches we will explore instead of going to Disney again. I would love to relax in that nice beach chair and watch the sunset over the horizon. That would be bliss.

  16. Jennifer Van Huss

    That looks like a fabulous place to visit! Like you said, I had never heard of it! I think I may plan my next vacay there!

  17. If only I am not pregnant I’d be exploring everywhere … including FL and yes, a couple of drinks too! I cant wait to go to Navarre someday. Awesome vacation spot!

  18. candy

    Haven’t been back to Florida for several years.  Looks like it would be a great place to think about visiting once again.

  19. Food, adventures, and relaxing on the beach? Count me in! This sounds like a great place to vacation, I have never heard of it before today.

  20. You don’t have to tell me twice to come to Florida for vacation. I love that state. Heck, I not only want to vacation there, I want to live there!

  21. That sounds incredible! We’re actually getting ready to move to the East Coast, so we’ll be vacationing in Florida at some point! Will have to keep Navarre in mind

  22. Oh my, look at that shoreline! This looks like a wonderful place for a getaway. I would love to go one day.

  23. What a fun trip to go on! I love exploring Florida, there is so much to do and it is so pretty! I haven’t been to Navarre yet!

  24. Angela Milnes

    What an awesome spot for vacation I love to go back in FL and explore for the whole summer but I’m in medication now.

  25. Looks like there are some seriously awesome things to do and eat in this part of Florida! I’ll have to add it to the list of potential vaca spots for the future!

  26. Rebecca Swenor

    Navarre Florida sounds like a great place to vacation. The ResortQuest sounds like a great place to check out for booking online. I will have to share this information with my friends that travel down to Florida every year. Thanks for sharing the information.

  27. Adaleta

    Now that looks like an amazing pace to go on a vacation!!

  28. My family went to Navarre one summer and we loved it!! I would love to go back one day!!

  29. I love Florida and its beaches! I would love to go back soon, maybe without my kids so I can have no schedule and relax on the beach!

  30. Totally awesome! It’s been a while since we last set foot in Florida and I would love to go here and explore. It’s an awesome place to vacation in!

  31. Kiwi

    WHy havent I heard of Navarre,FL? Wow FL is such a big vacation city and now I can see if I can check out Navrre in the future.

  32. I’m convinced, Stacie! Navarre seems outstanding!

  33. ellen beck

    This looks like heaven to me. I have been to Florida once and loved it. So warm, the ocean it was something. I want to see the ocean again and leave everything behind. Lovely pictures.

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