Billed as “Florida’s Best-Kept Secret,” Navarre Beach is noted for its dazzling white beaches, unspoiled nature, and sparkling blue waters, and sits about halfway between better-known Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach on the Florida Panhandle. It shares a barrier island with a large county park and National Seashore that both attract hikers and birdwatchers. The gulf and bay are a magnet for swimmers, boaters, kayakers, paddleboarders, and anglers. There’s also a long fishing pier and a man-made reef with amazing snorkeling. With plenty of condos in Navarre, it’s easy to plan a memorable getaway filled with sun, sea, and sand.
Great places to stay anytime in Navarre Beach
Like much of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Navarre Beach has no shortage of great condos for rent. Whether in high-rise luxury resorts or rambling low-rises with lots of amenities, they’re within easy reach of both beach and bay. You can find vacation home rentals that are pet-friendly, available for short- or long-term rental, or suitable for large groups. Any time of year can be a great time to book a condo rental here, and there’s something for just about every budget. Navarre Beach condos in the luxury towers tend to be on the higher end of the price scale, but you can often find deals. Prices peak between April and July and dip in other months. Prime beach weather is from May to October, but you’ll want to pack an umbrella. The very best bargains come in the cooler, drier period between November and January.
The height of luxury in Navarre Beach
Navarre Beach is dotted with numerous high-rise luxury resorts near the fishing pier and the causeway. Condos here are convenient to island and mainland restaurants, water sports rentals, and fishing charters.The resorts boast shared amenities such as heated pools, hot tubs, barbecue facilities, or perhaps a fitness center overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. You can really pamper yourself by choosing a condo with features such as a wet bar, a master bath with a whirlpool tub, or an oversized balcony with plush chairs. The views from the towers are amazing—dolphins frolicking in the gulf, colorful sailboats on Santa Rosa Sound, and miles and miles of wild parkland beach.
Navarre Beach low-rise and town home hideaways
For relaxed lodging with all the amenities, there are plenty of spread-out, low-rise Navarre Beach condo complexes. Many of these resorts are in less-populated sections of the beach, yet conveniently close to shopping, dining, and area attractions. Whether you choose a gulf-front resort or one on the bay, you’ll find spectacular views, easy access to a biking/walking path, and the sparkling sea will be steps away from your door. You can enjoy amenities such as private balconies, pools, tennis courts, barbecue grills, or even a private fishing pier on the bay. Individual units may have special touches such as a flat-screen TV with DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen, or a whirlpool tub.
Getaways in nearby Pensacola Beach
Not far to the west of Navarre Beach and on the same barrier island between gulf and bay, Pensacola Beach offers sugar sand beaches and great luxury condos. Well-appointed condos with sought-after amenities can be found in high-rises, low-rises, and cottages here, and all are convenient to shopping, sports, and culture in the mainland city of Pensacola. Amenities can include heated pools, hot tubs, tennis courts, fitness centers, and on-site restaurants. In your condo, you can chill out and watch DVDs, grill fresh seafood on your private balcony, or take in the stunning views of the gulf or bay.
Island retreats in Fort Walton Beach
A few miles’ drive east of Navarre Beach, Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton Beach is home to popular local attractions, yet manages to maintain a laid-back vibe. Relax on the beach or with a fishing pole, stroll on the boardwalk, or kick it up a notch with a dolphin encounter at Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park or a spin on the amusement park roller coaster. Condo rental options here range from high- and mid-rise complexes to cottages, with popular amenities such as gorgeous gulf and bay views, pools, hot tubs, and outdoor grills.